Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Mar 19, 2012
    Danelle 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 in may. Have the dining plan. We really like to park hop and not have a schedule. How difficult will it be to use our table service meals without any ADR? It is just too overwhelming to guess where we will be. What if we book that am?

    Hi, Danelle!

    Hoping to get a table without an Advance Dining Reservation is a real gamble.  Sometimes you will be fine as long as you are very flexible with your locations and your times.  Other times, you might just be out of luck!

    Here is what I recommend:  Book at least 1 or 2 Advance Dining Reservations for dinners.  Especially if you want character dining or a particular restaurant.  Then, how about booking a table service breakfast?  This way, you have used a table service credit for the day without interfering with your park hopping, you will have had a full breakfast, you can use a snack credit mid-day then wherever you end up, you can go to a counter service restaurant for dinner whenever you feel like it.  

    If you are flexible/adventurous eaters, leave your "free" day of no reservations for the day you are in Epcot.  With so many countries that have sit down meals, you will likely find one with an availability. 

    Booking "day-of" will be much easier if you have a "smart phone" where you can go to and click on Dining Reservations.  You can simply choose which park, the date, and general time (ex: dinner time.)  It will show you all restaurants available and you can book right on your phone, saving you time from checking in the parks for reservations. If you do not have a phone, you can check at your resort concierge or at any theme park.

    So if you are feeling lucky and are flexible, take your chances!  You might just find a new favorite restaurant! I would just feel better if you had at least 1 or 2 meals booked, as you want to get the best value you can out of the Disney Dining Plan.  If you need dining suggestions, just let us know. Good luck!

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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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