Disney Vacation Breakdown Part 5: The ADR’s


What are ADR’s exactly?

They are your Advanced Dining Reservations.

Which Disney has you do 180 days from the start date of your trip.

Insane right? I know, it’s hard to look 6 months into the future- and decide when and where you are going to eat.

But, if you want that extremely hard to get reservation, you need to do this.

And the best way to do it is to either

A) Buy a Passporter, which has all the dining locations and information


B) Spend hours and hours of leg work online and in forums, and create your own spreadsheet.

I’m the nut case who does both.

So, my 180 days has come, and I’m going to share my dining reservations with you!

We’re trying to do a bunch of firsts, so I don’t have a whole lot of information on them, but I can assure you that when I get back, you’ll get a full report!

Just a quick note- characters are subject to change.

Day 1-

Lunch at Downtown Disney- no reservation, most likely at the Earl of Sandwich.

Dinner at 1900 Park Faire at the Grand Floridian. This is a buffet “character meal” with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Step-Mother and Step-Sisters.This is a tradition for us, and is always our first big meal.

Day 2-

Breakfast at Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary. This buffet character meal features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto.

Lunch at The Plaza in the Magic Kingdom. This is a table-service restaurant, and a first for us.

Dinner will be at O’Hana in the Polynesian. This is a lively family-style meal, with lots of games and activities for the kiddos! It’s also a first for us!

Day 3-

Breakfast at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood studios. This is a buffet meal, with characters from Playhouse Disney. Another first for us!

Lunch is at the Sci-Fi Dine In. J swears we’ve eaten here before. I beg to differ. But, we’re eating here anyways, requesting a car booth to watch some old Sci-Fi movie clips!

Dinner is on the fly, as we’ll be attending the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP for short). This is another first for us, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Day 4-

Breakfast at Tusker House. Word on the street is that it’s a fabulous buffet hosted by Donald Duck. As you can tell, it’s new for us, and I’ll have more information when I come back!

Lunch will be a quick service location, giving the Flame Tree BBQ a try. I’m really looking forward to this one.

Dinner is an all time favorite in Pioneer Hall- the Hoop De Doo Musical Review! This is M’s FAVORITE place/event to eat at. It’s a great break from the character dining- and has unlimited sangria. You’re welcome.


Breakfast with the Princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table, in Cinderella’s castle.

Lunch is another all time favorite, with Pooh, Tigger, Eyore and Piglet at Crystal Palace. Amazing food, and scenery. A must do!

Dinner, another first, will be at Tony’s Town Square. All I know, is that it has a “Lady and the Tramp” theme, and it has an Italian menu. Obviously, I’ll have more when I get back.

Day 6-

Breakfast with the Princesses yet again, but at Akershus in Epcot. It’s a buffet, and that’s about all I know at this point.

Lunch will be at the Coral Reef. Yet another first!

Dinner at Germany’s Biergarten!! A FAVORITE of ours, as we spent 8 WHOLE HOURS in it on our honeymoon! I’m very excited to take M there for her first time. The theme, the music, the beer- ahhhhh home!

Day 7-

A full day of Downtown Disney!

So, that’s what I have so far!

We’re taking advantage of the Free Dining during our time frame, so we’ve upgraded (paid the difference) to the Deluxe Dining Plan- and wouldn’t have it any other way!

So tell me, have you done your ADR’s yet?

To see the Disney Vacation Breakdown parts 1-4 please click here.

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