Would you believe even without free dining, I couldn’t get Donald’s Safari Breakfast, Chef Mickey’s, or le Cellier for any day or time at all, let alone something that works with my other plans. OK, I could get Donald’s the day I wanted, but only if I was willing to eat at 8 instead of 10-10:30. This is becoming ridiculous already! I’m looking at my reservations from October 2004, which were made in mid-September, and I had no trouble getting Chef Mickey’s or le Cellier then. Not today:mad:
It should not be necessary to book your dining 180 days out, even before you’ve seen actual park schedules and before you’ve laid out your own plans.
On the other hand, I got everything else that I could possibly ask for at exactly the times I wanted, or within 5-10 minutes in the worst case. The only other reservation I couldn’t get was a 9:30 dinner reservation for Cape May Cafe, but that’s because they won’t make reservations later than 9:00, and we all know I’m no going to miss Illuminations for anything but the best of reasons or a dire emergency.
To show how silly this is, here are the rest of my plans starting Sat. Oct. 18.
10:00 PM- Fulton’s (although this doesn’t really work if we want to stay in Epcot until midnight, which Cape May would have allowed)
10:10 1900 Park Fare
2:00 Yak and Yeti
7:00 Tokyo Dining
10:30 Cape May Cafe
5:00 Tutto Italia
10:30 Raglan Road
11:00 Chef Mickey’s (unavailable considering Fulton’s or HoB at Noon)
5:30 Narcoossee’s (before MNSSHP)
Possible late burger at Cosmic Ray’s
10:25 Crystal Palace
9:20 Flying Fish
10:30 Kona Cafe
I have no doubts I could get Yachtsman’s Steakhouse or California Grill any night I want them. I’m also thinking about Spoodles or Yachtsman’s for Saturday night so we can get back to Epcot by 10:45.