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  • On Apr 19, 2009
    Stefani from PA 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.

    Should I book all our dining plans in advance or can you get into some restuarants without advanced booking? Stefani

    Hi Stefani,

    The Disney World restaurants are quite popular and tend to fill up quite quickly. Advance dining reservations can be made up to ninety days in advance by calling 407-WDW-DINE or 407-939-3463.There are a number of locations that are extremely popular and even during a slower travel period will be booked well in advance.

    Guests are not required to make reservations in advance, and there is always a chance that a table will be open if you were to stop and ask. If there is an opening, they will be happy to seat you even without a reservation, however you will most likely find the majority of the restaurants will be unavailable if you did not make an advance reservation. You did not mention your travel dates, but if they fall during a peak travel time, like a holiday or Spring Break, it will be very difficult to find an opening once you arrive on property. Your chances will always be better is you are traveling with a small party size. are open to where you eat and are willing to eat early or late typically.

    My best suggestion is to make advance reservations for the locations you would like to eat at the most that way you know you will get into those. Anther suggestion would be to make all your reservations in advance and cancel later if you change your mind or where you will be. Most Disney restaurants do not have a penalty or fee for canceling even the day off., just be sure to ask.  Good luck!
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Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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