[QUOTE=Mickey Mom;961336]Eat at “off” times!! This has been a policy of ours for quite a while and it works great. You are seated and fed quickly, and then you can take advantage of shorter line-ups for rides/attractions during peak dining hours while everyone else is eating!![/QUOTE]
This is a strategy that we have also used. It also works well to help spread out the food. For example, if you get a late breakfast/early lunch as a TS, we seem to be full all day, so a CS around dinner time works well. Along the same lines, if we have a late lunch/early dinner TS, we can have an earlier breakfast CS and not be hungry during the bulk of the day, allowing us to do rides, etc, while others are dining.
This strategy is very useful if not on the Dining Plan, since getting the last breakfast seating is cheaper than the first lunch seating 30-60 minutes later, late lunch seating cheaper than dinner seatings, etc; but we still use it when we are on the dining plan and price isn’t a factor…it just seems to work with our family.
Also, keep calling back AND make sure they know you are staying at an on-property resort. For our trip last August (I had a conference in Orlando for 3 days, then 4 days in the parks with my DH who tagged along), I had tried & tried, called many times to get Teppan Edo for dinner in our Epcot day with no luck. A couple of days before that, my DH was “exploring” different resorts while I was in meetings, and called from inside the BW from a lobby phone. Originally, the CM told him the same “sorry, nothing’s available”, but then she said “Oh, I see you are calling from the Boardwalk…I can get you in a seating during EMH at 9 pm.” So, keep trying, even after you arrive. Call from your resort room and they may be able to help you.