Special Dining ADR's


#1

I know some special dining (the 2 I'm concerned with being CG Celebration at the Top and HBD Dine With An Imagineer) availability are not released at the 180 day mark, and that I would need to check periodically for release. However, I noticed today that on the calendar for both, not only are the dates grey, but the week that I am going to WDW (11/24-12/1; December calendar isn't available yet) is also shaded a very light blue:

At first I noticed only Celebration was like this, and didn't think much of it because I know it's a newer event, and Disney may be deciding if they will continue offering it and when. But after noticing Dine With An Imagineer is also shaded in blue that week, now I am worried that this means that those events will not be offered that week?

Can anyone confirm what the light blue shading means? Of course, I will keep an eye to see if that disappears/availability opens but with my 180 next week, I need to plan for back up reservations. Thanks!


#2

When they load times into the system first the dates show as blue and then times are loaded. Sometimes they do this in batches . Of course they may also not offer them during the holidays?


#3

When I booked Dining with an Imagineer, it was available at 180 days. That was in November 2015 for May 2016 trip.


#4

There are blue boxes around those dates. I know the numbers become blue when the 180 day is reached. I didn't see the blue boxes on those dates if you're just trying to make a regular reservation at these restaurants. (However, now that I just looked again, I don't see any blue boxes. I swear I'm not crazy!)


#5

Thanks! Was it the first ADR you tried to make? I feel like it has to be mine, esp. since it's for my 3rd day, and BOG is for my last day.


#6

Lol- when I looked there were not any blue boxes from Thanksgiving on for HBD and the Clebration one did not have any blue boxes after August.


#7

Yes, book it first. There are only 10-12 spots.


#8

A guess: Imagineers take holidays Thanksgiving & Xmas, but at this point, they don't know who is around when versus on vacation, so they will sort availability closer to that date.


#9

Thanks for your input...That's what I was thinking. I will try first thing, but imagine that I may have to wait, similar to ROL Dining Package.


#10

When I went around the holidays 2 years ago they didnt offer dine w/an imagineer during the entire 10 days I was there.