Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Sep 16, 2010
    Jennifer from IN 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 Jan 30th-Feb 5th 2011 & have the deluxe dining plan- everyone talks about making sure to get reservations for 'table meals' but I am worried about planning out everything to do that-- will I be able to get seated without them w/5 of us?

    Hi, Jennifer!  There are a couple of things all working together here that may bring you news you don't especially want to hear.  To start with, going to Walt Disney World during a free dining period is going to make the table service restaurants even more popular than they normally would be.  Secondly, the popularity of some of the table service dining experiences is so great, that it's typically difficult to get a reservation for those restaurants unless you book in advance even when there is not an offer of free dining.

    As a family of five, I will also say it can be tough to snag a last minute table with a family of this size, compared to grabbing a table for a party of two.  We've had hit and miss luck getting last minute and walk up space at some of our favorite restaurants.

    If you don't mind where you eat, you should be able to find something, somewhere.  I recommend heading to the restaurants at off peak times - either an early lunch or a late dinner, for example.  This may increase your chances of finding availability.

    I also suggest that you consider making at least a couple of dining reservations - not so many that you feel locked in, but at least a couple so you know you are going to be able to get a table at restaurants you really want to try!  There is no penalty for cancelling at most of the Walt Disney World restaurants, so if your plans change, you can cancel at the last minute.  That might make someone else's day!

    Have a great vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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