• On Oct 8, 2021
    Danny from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    we are coming to Walt Disney World this Oct. 16 - 24 from Tahoe Ca. We have our park reserv. and park tics. We are a family of 12. I've been trying to reserve a character dining experience for weeks but no luck , even splitting in half. HELP

    Hi, there!

     Welcome to planDisney, Danny. I'm so happy you stopped by and even happier to hear you'll be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort in just a few days! You and your family must be super excited. 

     I'm glad to hear you have your Theme Park Tickets and Theme Park Reservations all set to go. You'll be enjoying pixie-dusted adventures in the theme parks before you know it!

     A Character Dining Experience is a must-do for each of my family's Disney vacations. As a mom of three, I love that we can fill our bellies and see our favorite Disney Characters, all in one place! I completely understand wanting to include one of these unique dining experiences for your upcoming visit. Dining reservations, especially at fan-favorite restaurants like Chef Mickey's, have been especially tricky to secure lately. Booking for a large party makes it even more difficult! My best advice is to keep checking for availability both online and on the My Disney Experience mobile app. I'm sorry I don't have a better solution! In my experience, I've always been able to book hard-to-get dining reservations, even for large parties, with just a good deal of patience and persistence. You never know when someone's canceled plans may mean new plans for you! I suggest checking the online dining reservation system and the My Disney Experience mobile app several times throughout the day from now until your arrival. If you're still not able to book at least one Character Dining Experience, not to fret! You can always inquire about same-day availability by visiting the check-in stand at a restaurant. Too, some Character Dining locations offer Mobile Dine Walk-Up Availability including Chef Mickey's, Tusker House Restaurant, The Garden Grill, and Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera. This feature on the My Disney Experience mobile app allows you to add your party to a mobile walk-up list of a restaurant during your visit. Try joining the mobile walk-up list as early in the day as possible to increase your chances of being seated! 

     You can also use the My Disney Experience mobile app to place mobile food and beverage orders at select Quick-Service dining locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. This handy feature has saved my family lots of precious time! 
     I hope this was helpful, Danny. I'm wishing you and your family a magical stay at the Walt Disney World Resort!

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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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