Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jun 20, 2009
    Tasha from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We just booked our vacation Sept. and I know I have got to make res. for dining but I don't even know where to start. Is it best to determine which park we will visit which day and then pick a place there we would like to eat ? We have the dining plan.

    Hi Tasha - that is exactly the way I plan my reservations.  I pencil in what park(s) I'll be in on what days and then start planning my dining reservations from there.  As you probably know, you can make your dining reservations 90 days from the day you check into your resort.  And since you will be vacationing during free dining, I'd suggest you make your reservations as close to that 90 day mark as possible as popular restaurants/times tend to fill quickly.

    As far as researching restaurants, I'd like to suggest you visit the restaurants page on  Disney has been working hard to update this page and you'll notice you'll be able to narrow down your search by using the filters on the left side of the page.  For example, if you want to find all the dining locations in Magic Kingdom, click on the "Magic Kingdom Theme Park" check box and you'll see only those restaurants located in/near Magic Kingdom.

    You'll also notice you can now book your reservations online as long as you are within your 90 day window.  I recently used the new process and it seems fairly easy.  You also still have the option to call Disney at 407-WDW-DINE to make your reservations.

    I hope this helps - Happy Dining!  Diane  :)
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Connecticut

Hello! I’m Diane from Connecticut. I am a retired project manager and I'm married with three grown children.  My family enjoys traveling to Walt Disney World and believe Disney vacations are like snowflakes in the Northeast, no two are the same! Learn More About Diane

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