Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Sep 24, 2013
    Tara 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.

    Just book our first (and most likely) only trip to Disney. Didn't realize the dining reservations 180 days ahead are a must. Any insight on how to get a dinner at Chef Mickeys or Be Our Guest or Ohana's. There is no availability. Very disappointed..

    Hi, Tara!  Many of the most popular locations do book well in advance.  You happen to have chosen some of the most popular restaurants, and they can book at 180 days in advance.

    Here are my suggestions.  For all of them, keep checking back!  I happen to be online just yesterday making some adjustments to our Christmas vacation, and I lucked into a Chef Mickey's reservation, even though there hasn't been one open since my 180 day window opened.  So don't give up!

    Be Our Guest only takes reservations for dinner.  If you swap your Be Our Guest preference to lunch, it's a counter service restaurant at lunch time, so you'll get to enjoy the incredibly themed atmosphere without a reservation.  

    Are you interested in Chef Mickey's for the characters?  Is there a character in particular you are hoping to see?  Perhaps you can find availability at another restaurant that features the characters you are hoping to see.  I often have last minute luck booking the Garden Grill at EPCOT or sometimes the Cape May breakfast buffet at the Beach Club resort.

    'Ohana is a tough one.  If you want to eat at the Polynesian Resort, try to book Kona Cafe.  The food there is very good, and you'll be surrounded by the tropical Polynesian atmosphere.  

    I hope you have a great vacation!
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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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