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  • On Mar 24, 2013
    Kendall Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    In 2011 I was able to see park hrs more than 180 days in adv to start planning dining res around park hrs/events. When the 180 came up for dining I knew what to reserve. Advice in planning this out now that park hrs are exactly 180 same as dining? Thank U!

    Hi, Kendall!  This is somewhat fluid.  You may find that the calendars are available a bit longer than 180 days in advance, and they really do try to have them open for guests in situations such as yours.  With the recent updates to the website, and as they try to build a schedule that will incorporate Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party, you may see it take a little bit longer.

    I would hash out a tentative game plan.  If you know you want to eat at the Crystal Palace, for example, build a Magic Kingdom day with that dining reservation in it, and then just adjust the day when the calendar comes out.  

    I always have a pretty good list of what I want to do at each park, including dining reservations.  Then when the time comes to actually book, I try to move my whole days according to the parks calendar.  For example, if I know I want to dine at a certain restaurant at EPCOT, I build my calendar to include a day at EPCOT with that certain dining experience.  Then if I have to move the day due to the calendar, I move the whole day - reservation and all.

    I hope that helps!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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