I’ve used the reservation finder many times and not to brag but I’ve gotten about 95% of the reservations I requested on the first notification and I would say 99% all time. I chalked it up to fast fingers, good wifi/data service, and doing small things like having the MDE app already open when I go to bed for a quicker response. I’ve even secured reservations for other liners who would post that they were having difficulties reacting quick enough.
Recently, I’ve been trying for a PPO BoG reservation and it seemed like I was loosing my touch after numerous notifications came through and I came up empty handed. I figured out what was happening.
In the past, whenever I would get a notification I would immediately jump on MDE, click the # of my party, click the date and then I would hit “Breakfast” and the earliest time would show up. I would secure it and voila I had my reservation.
For this PPO BoG ADR I’ve been doing the same thing but by the time I would do the steps I mentioned above, the reservation was gone (or at least I thought it was).
You see, I had an 8:55am ADR already secured but I wanted an earlier time closer to 8:00am. The notification would come through for an 8:10 or 8:20am, I would immediately open the app, hit # in my party, hit date, hit “breakfast”, scroll down to BoG but I’d never see the 8:10 or 8:20am time. I’d see times closer to my current reservation like 8:50 or 9:05 ( sometimes both) but the earlier times were eluding me. Came through 2 or 3 times in about a 2 hour span and I never was able to snag it.
Then it hit me. If I was getting the notification 2 or 3 times it must still be there. So I tried again but this time instead of hitting “breakfast” (which is not only quicker as it’s the first thing that shows up in the time field but in the past has always showed the earliest times) I instead clicked on 8am and what do you know… There it was just sitting there for the taking “The earlier time”.
It had been there the entire time. I had not been searching for an ADR since the new update to MDE so It hadn’t been an issue. However, since the update back when they made getting Fpp’s different I found the app is much more slow and little things like the way I would normally secure an ADR had changed. I have a last minute trip coming up in a few days so this is the first time I’ve really had a chance to play with the newer version. I’ve noticed a lot of funky things in regards to FPP’s as well. Like, seeing rides and times that are available in the older change party version ( yeah, I still have that version downloaded too) but not so on the newer version.
Maybe this is not news to some but it was for me. So I hope this helps someone along the way.