Suitcase at Jiko?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by LeilaKens, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. LeilaKens

    LeilaKens Earning My Ears

    Jan 21, 2007
    Hi! We are going to Jiko on arrival night and the more I look at the times I think we need to take an Uber straight from the airport to the restaurant. We’re staying at the Poly and won’t have time to take the luggage to the hotel first. Can we bring a suitcase to the restaurant or will the AKL be able to check it? It will only be 1 suitcase, no carry on bags. Thanks for your help!
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  2. kaytieeldr

    kaytieeldr Post hoc, ergo propter hoc

    Jun 11, 2005
    Bell Services will hold it; gratuity appropriate.

    But if your on time arrival doesn't allow enough time to make your reservation using Disney services, you might want to be prepared to pay the no show fee if there's any glitch in your transport. Typical advice on the Transportation forum is to allow three to five hours from landing.
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  4. Pumbaa_

    Pumbaa_ >Hakuna Matata!< Moderator

    Jan 7, 2001
    You are banking on having no flight delays. Very unrealistic. Sounds like even a 15 minutes delay would throw off your plans. Sounds stressful to me. Of course, ymmv

    Bell services should be able to hold your bag. There is really no room at the restaurant for your suitcase to sit tableside
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  5. Nancyg56

    Nancyg56 DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 2005
    I could not begin my vacation with this level of stress. If you suffer one delay, you will have timing concerns from the get go.
  6. Mich123

    Mich123 DIS Veteran

    Jan 12, 2009
    I can’t answer the suitcase question, however, we have the same plan for our next trip. We are going to Uber or Lyft to AKL. I’ve been watching reservation availability and Jiko seems to often have same day tables. I’m going to make our reservation that night, from the airport. My backup plan is to eat at the lounge.

    I’m more stressed about the possibility of eating bad food than I am about the timing of a plan to eat at Jiko.
  7. gillep

    gillep DIS Veteran

    Oct 12, 2009
    Have you checked OpenTable? We usually use it to book Jiko, especially on arrival night, because of the easy cancellation.
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  8. Donnainnj

    Donnainnj Loves having an AP

    Feb 6, 2001
    Thank you for mentioning open table. I knew some of the Disney Springs restaurants could be reserved there, but did not know that some other restaurants on property were available.
  9. armerida

    armerida Mouseketeer

    Mar 21, 2018
    Open Table is great, only drawback with Jiko is that they only do late-night reservations via Open Table, starting at 9pm. But if that works with your schedule, would be a good choice over booking in MDE.
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  10. crabbygal902

    crabbygal902 after a lapu lapu, I'm not so crabby anymore

    Feb 17, 2007
    When these things are added together, I would be totally stressed out:
    -An ADR all the way across property from your resort
    -on arrival day
    -where the timing is already so tight that you are considering an Uber
    -and dealing with luggage

    A Disney plan that looks good on paper often does not work IRL. I'd opt for a restaurant at the Poly where there are several good choices: 'Ohana, Kona, Kona Island sushi bar, or apps and bevs at the outdoor Tiki Terrace. You could be really indulgent and stay in and order the 'Ohana Twilight Feast from room service.

    If Jiko is a must do, I'd opt to eat at the bar area without an ADR. I've done this several times and enjoy it very much. I've been offered the full menu, but I like the choices on the bar menu. If a reserved table suits you better, check the MyDisneyExperience app and make an ADR when you get off the plane. As a reference point, there are several Jiko ADR times open for tonight.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2018
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