Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Feb 17, 2012
    Sabrina from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Just booked my trip with less than 4 mo left. I am having trouble making dining reservations - will more time slots open as the dates come closer or am I out of luck and all are booked? I will keep checking, just trying to get a feel for my chances. TY!!

    Hi there, Sabrina!

    Making Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) at Walt Disney World can be a daily activity as you change your restaurants, itinerary, and so on. And yes, there can definitely be times when it feels like there is no hope of getting that coveted spot at Le Cellier or Chef Mickey's.

    The window for making reservations opens 180 days prior to a Guest's check-in date. Many Resort Guests definitely take advantage of this, and make reservations as soon as that 180-day mark is reached.

    But this should by no means be disheartening. While it's unclear if tables are "held back" and released periodically over time, there is quite a bit of turnover on a daily basis. Guests often make dining changes that necessitate them to cancel one reservation in order at make another; this is particularly true now that Disney has instituted its new cancellation policy, wherein a penalty is assessed by anyone on a reservation that is not cancelled in advance of the reservation time (check each restaurant for specific details).

    You'll want to check at least twice daily: once in the morning and once at night. You can call (407) WDW-DINE or visit the reservation center online. I tend to call the Cast Members directly, since it seems that they have a quicker, all-access pass to seeing what's available.

    But do not get discouraged. You're going to be successful in many of your reservation quests, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed with your alternates.

    Have a wonderful - and delicious! - time!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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