Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Sep 20, 2013
    April from OH 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.

    Hi! We are coming to WDW in June 14 with our 3 children. We have booked our stay at a Hilton resort, because we received a vacation deal from them. Can I still book a character meal at a Disney restaurant even though we aren't staying at a Disney resort?

    Hi, April!  You can absolutely still book a character meal!  You are welcome to make reservations at any of the restaurants at Walt Disney World.  

    Reservations open up 180 days in advance of the day you want to dine, so you'll just have to mark your calendar.  Some of the character meals can book well in advance, especially Cinderella's Royal Table, so you'll want to make them as soon as you have your plans set pretty much in stone.

    The advantage to staying at a Walt Disney World resort is that when your 180 day window opens, you can book reservations for up to 10 days, eliminating the need to call back in every day or check the web.  Guests staying off property will have to check each day to make their reservations.

    Have an awesome upcoming 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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