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  • On Feb 15, 2013
    Melissa 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.

    I have booked my family's first vacation with Disney :). We are very excited,,, Are the character dining experiences available without a reservation?

    Hello Melissa!

    Congratulations on taking your families first Walt Disney World vacation, with the opening of the new Fantasyland expansion you couldn't have picked a better time to go!  Character dining experiences are the most popular meals throughout Walt Disney World so I highly recommend that you book a reservation.  If you are traveling during a less crowded time of year, it might be possible to ask if there is any availability.  Chances are that the restaurants will not be taking walk ups or you might have an extraordinarily long wait.
    If there is a dining reservation that you are unable to get my advice is to just keep checking.  Since reservations can now be made online I will sometimes check everyday to see if availability has opened.  This has actually worked fairly well in the past and especially if you check back with in 24 hours before you wish to dine.  Guests must cancel most of their reservations within 24 hours or they will be charged a fee, so sometimes you can find some cancellations within that 24 hour period.  Another idea is to try eating at off times for your meals, such as dinner at 4:00 or 8:00.  Dining reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling (407)WDW-DINE or can also be made online.  I hope this helps and please let us know if you have anymore questions on planning your first Walt Disney World vacation!

    Enjoy your "Disney Time!"
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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, South Carolina

My husband and I are the parents of five rambunctious Disney loving children.I  I'm passionate about helping families find the magic that is Disney , so let me show you all the magic and savings that awaits on your next Disney vacation! Learn More About Mandy

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