• On Oct 10, 2014
    Belinda from TX 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.

    We are coming to Disney World with my sister-in-law and her family Christmas week. We just planned on going to DW in Sept and because of this we won't be able to do any character dinners, bc no reservations available. Any ideas?

    Welcome back, Belinda!

    Planning spur of the moment trips is very magical, however, you are correct and sometimes it proves to be a little more challenging to secure those coveted dining reservations.  Don't despair! Even during the busiest of times I have encountered a few places still offering "walk-ups" and more often, I have been able to snag a reservation closer to our arrival date.  Keep trying! You'd be amazed at how often others change their minds and a spot becomes free.  Another tip I recommend is to think about breaking your party into smaller groups, if at all possible.  Sometimes, there are no reservations for four or six, but there are for two or three.  If you don't mind sitting apart this is a great option and although there is no guarantee, on a rare occasion they have even been able to seat our parties near each other.  Lastly, The Garden Grill is one of my favorite character dining experiences and it seems to "fly under the radar," so to speak.  Sometimes, when all other options are booked, I can find a last minute spot there and the food and atmosphere is really great.  We love dining with Farmer Mickey!

    Good luck on finding your desired dining reservations.  I hope you find at least a few options to make your trip even more magical.  

    Pixie Dust to you,

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Colorado

Hi-ya, Pals! I'm a wife and mother of three who's enjoyed many special occasions at Walt Disney World Resort with my family: graduations, pregnancies, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, reunions, and even our Fairy Tale Honeymoon. I look for any excuse to return "home" often and would love to help add a little extra Pixie Dust to your next magical adventure. Learn More About Lauren

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