Yay!!! Reservation Finder just found me a Bon Voyage res for the Saturday after Thanksgiving. So happy because now I don't have to figure out get to the BW and YC/BC to see the decorations w/o using Disney transportation. Plus, we really enjoyed Bon Voyage in July. It was our favorite character meal of the trip and we did several.
Yay! Congrats! Gotta love the ressie finder:)
Tell me more! Tell me more! How was the food at Bon Voyage and the character interactions? I'm trying to score a reservation on Thanksgiving day for a late breakfast.
The food was very good. I ordered the frittata and DW ordered the royal breakfast. It's a very filling breakfast even though it's not a buffet because you basically get 3 courses with the pastries, fruit salad or yogurt parfait, and then your entree. The venue is small, so the characters take their time at the tables. They aren't having to rush to make sure they get to everyone before people leave. The guys, especially were awesome. Both Flynn and Eric seemed to be having fun. They were great with both kids and adults. Flynn told us about his theory that Eric was actually a pirate. Definitely recommend it if you can get the reservation.
I'll be there the following Saturday, a little earlier than I wanted but it's better than not going! Reservation finder was key for me as well.
Yes, our reservation is earlier than I wanted as well, but I agree... better than no reservation at all.
The Bon Voyage Breakfast has been on my reservation finder since 180 days out. Looking for the Friday or Saturday of the week following Thanksgiving. There have been 3 notifications, but when I use the link in the text it makes me enter my password every time so it take a lot longer and I've missed all three of them - even the one I got at 5:08 this morning! But I still have hope because I have 58 days left to snag one! Come on reservation finder! Show me some love!
I've had issues with MDE both on the website and the app for several days now. I was lucky it worked for me on the website last night. Good Luck! I hope you're able to get it.
A few weeks ago the reservation finder helped me snag a December 10th booking for the bon voyage breakfast, so all I can say is keep trying, if something becomes available I'll find it.
So, maybe I'm doing it wrong but even when I login as soon as I get the text and do the search, there is nothing available. Am I missing something?
Like, explain it like I'm 5 exactly what you do when you get the text, please.
WHen you get notified that there is a reservation, you go online at MDE and book it. The problem is the reservation finder doesn't "hold" or "book" the reservation, it just notifies you that one is available. It is possible that somebody else has booked the reservation before you get there. Especially for high demand ADRs and high demand times. The TP reservation finder is not the only such program out there, and, obviously it is possible that more than one person is being notified of the same ADR you are looking for. So, when you get the notice.... book fast!!!! And good luck!
So basically it's just a keep trying type thing? I'm currently trying for 1900 Park Fare on a Saturday morning, around 9.
It is, but don't forget that you have to restart the Reservation Finder. Every time it notifies you, it stops looking.
Right. So you don't use the link in the text, you just go and login? I've tried both ways.
I don't know as much about the link in the text, or I can't remember. Usually the email finds me first and I just click on that link. So, I assume the link in the text would work similarly. Due to my job (chained to a computer) I am able to see the email and click on it right away. Had lots of success for last trip - but I was booking for mid September (then had to cancel - IRMA) which as you know is very low demand.
I believe I've had success using the link. I tried for a while though and kept missing them. I'd get most of the notifications over night and not see them until it was too late. I was eventually able to score what I wanted though. I wanted an earlier reservation for two breakfasts (Tusker House and Hollywood and Vine) and was able to get both. It sure took a while for Hollywood & Vine, though.
I got the text and immediately grabbed my laptop and logged onto MDE. I did not use the link in the text. I went through the "make reservations" option under "things to do" and searched for Trattoria Al Forno. I put in my date and it popped up. I was lucky because my computer was right beside me and it was 9:15 pm, central time. Had it been during the day, I would have never gotten it. I have horrible cell service at work.
I've been on the lookout for a Bon Voyage and a BOG dinner since just past 180 days. I've missed A BUNCH even when I click on the link immediately after text. So, here's what I've found . . .
1) How good is your cell service? Depending on where I am it can be several minutes before the text makes it to my phone.
2) There are other reservation finders, yes, and I have used them as well - but the good news is I have always received the text from TP FIRST!
3) What texting app are you using; what phone are you using; what service are you using? On my old phone (Motorola), I got my texts quickly via the Verizon Msg app and I could click the link, it would take me to the MDE website in my Chrome app. My username and password were already there and I could simply hit the login button and it would take me to the exact available reservation within MDE. On my new phone (Samsung) the Verizon Msg app doesn't work correctly so I have to use the Samsung Msg appl. It does not take me to MDE via Chrome. It takes me to MDE within the texting app, so my password is not autopopulated. I have yet to get a reservation since changing phones. I assume because, as you know I'm going the same week as you and ADRs are already scarce, and I want two popular reservations. So by the time I get my password in there (by the way I don't see well close up, so often I struggle with passwords on my phone) some one else has taken the reservation
4) OK, last one, and I don't know about this one for sure. I read somewhere, can't remember if it was on the forum or the blog, but I had read that the link is only good once. Which means the first person who clicks on it will deaden it for all others, meaning they will get the "Paws" screen even if the reservation is still available. That makes no sense to me and maybe I was confused by what I read, but that is the way I understood it. So, if you click on it, and get the "Paws", then go in via normal MDE and see if you can get it that way. Or just do that first, I guess. What I read said that they were trying to correct it so it wouldn't deaden the link, but I don't even remember when the information was distributed so it could be outdated.
All of this! Brilliant! I agree with everything you said and have had similar experiences.
The link is only good once. I don't think that there is a way to correct this problem.