• On Apr 6, 2018
    Angela from LA 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.

    Hi again Moms (and Dad's)! When you dine at table service restaurants,do you choose where to sit or does a hostess sit you? Does a waiter(or waitress)take your order for these meals? Sorry if these questions seem silly, this is our first time. Thanks!

    Hi Angela, 

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for sending us another question!  No question is silly, there is so much to learn before heading to Walt Disney World Resort!

    You are going to absolutely love dining at Walt Disney World Resort,  there are so many different choices, and the food is incredible at every single dining location!  When dining at a Table-Service Location you will need to check in at the front of the Restaurant.  There will be a Cast Member who will take your reservation information and assist your party to the waiting area.  They may also give you a pager, or ask for your cell phone number to alert you when your table is ready.  

    Once your table is ready, you will be shown to your table by the host or hostess, as Table-Service Locations are not self serve, however if you would like to request a section the Cast Members will take that into consideration.  Once you are seated a server will take care of your party, just like any other restaurant.  The Cast Member will take your order and deliver your beverages and meals.  Anything you need during your dining experience, the Cast Member will take care of it to the best of their ability.  Once you receive your cheque, there will also be a suggested gratuity amount, however you are free to leave whatever gratuity amount you see fit for the service the Cast Member has provided. We typically will add to the suggested amounts, as the Cast Members typically do go above and beyond with their service.  Please know that gratuity is not included if you are using the Disney Dining Plan.  

    I hope that helps answer your questions, Angela.  Please let us know if you have any other questions, we are always here to assist in your planning!


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Meet the Panelist: Stephanie, Ontario

I'm a Canadian mom with so many wonderful memories at Walt Disney World Resort!  I would love to use my experience in  traveling with toddlers, children, tweens and guests with limited mobility to help others experience all the magic Disney has to offer. Learn More About Stephanie

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