Why only 60 days out?
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I would imagine it has to do with the smaller number of restaurants and the fact that a lot of locals go there just to dine since several of the restaurants are outside of the parks and don't require admission.
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It wasn't so long ago that WDW was (mostly) 90 days out. The popularity of the dining plan, coupled with a variety of different time periods (2 years for the dinner shows, extra time for some of the character meals), the mad rush for CRT when it opens up... Most of these issues didn't exist at DL in the first place. Yes, there are fewer restaurants, far fewer on-property guests so there's less demand for on-property table service meals, and far fewer table service restaurants in the parks. So, there aren't any problems searching for a solution.
But of course, Disney doesn't explain itself, so we're all guessing.
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For years, the only way you could make a reservation at Blue Bayou, was just to run over and wait in line as soon as the park opened, and in fact, many people still do it that way. Now that more people are making Priority Seating arrangements ahead of time over the phone, I think things will probably slowly change. Dining just isn't as big a part of the vacation as it is at WDW. Well, for me it is, but it's not the same kind of thing. Most folks only visit for a day or two at DL vs. a week or so at WDW, so that's a difference as well. We find DL to be much more relaxed in general, and that's one of the reasons we love it.
I had forgotten about that. I can clearly remember my dad making a beeline for the Blue Bayou while my mom got my sister and I in line for the closest ride.
Been there, done that! We still do that for Wine Country Trattoria - we go over in the morning to get our "priority seating". We've never had a problem (or maybe it's just never been a deal-breaker for us?).