I'll be visiting Munich during Oktoberfest this year, albeit mostly by happy coincidence: we had already made plans to visit family nearby in Austria, and we realized only afterwards that we're flying smack bang into the middle of Oktoberfest season. Our flight lands at two in the afternoon and we're continuing our trip by car the next day, which basically means the day of arrival is our only chance to experience Oktoberfest (unless we drop in for breakfast and substitute Apfelschorle for beer -- not quite the same).
The problem: while it's apparently reasonably easy to get into a tent without a reservation for weekday lunch, we're arriving too late for that (absolute best case around 4 PM) and snagging a dinner reservation requires paying for a full table of 10 people plus local connections and/or a hefty dose of luck.
Is there any practical way for a family of four to get into a tent in the late afternoon/evening? Should we try our luck queueing (are any of the tents noticeably better for this?), or not even bother and just stick to the general festival grounds?