• On Aug 30, 2018
    Elizabeth from WI 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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    I can't get reservations for a meal with the princesses, the Festival of Fantasy parade dining, and the dining package for River of Life. I've been told to keep checking the site, but it always says there's no availability. Suggestions?

    Hi, there!
     Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Elizabeth. I'm so glad you stopped by!

     I totally understand your frustration. Hard-to-get dining reservations at the Walt Disney World Resort really ARE hard-to-get! The advice you've received is my best advice too; continue checking for availability. I've found that perseverance is the key in getting those elusive dining reservations. When I can't find the availability I'm hoping for, I check the website multiple times a day for weeks, or even months on end. Typically, the closer I am to my arrival date, the more likely I am to find availability due to last minute cancellations! In fact, on our most recent visit, I was finally able to get a breakfast reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant only the night before. I had been checking availability for months on that one! I also suggest calling the Dining Reservation line at (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. Sometimes, a friendly Cast Member is able to access availability that isn't appearing online. Don't forget to check the My Disney Experience mobile app too! If you cover all your bases, I bet pixie-dust is sure to sprinkle down on one of them. One last suggestion; while dining during "off times" isn't ideal, you have a better chance of finding availability in late afternoon and late evening. 

     Your post-Christmas stay is a positively magical time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort! There will still be lots of holiday offerings to enjoy. I highly recommend including the Candlelight Processional in your itinerary. This beautiful retelling of the Christmas story is not to be missed!

     I hope this was helpful, Elizabeth. Good luck!

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all-things-Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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