• On Oct 29, 2013
    Crystal from MA 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.

    Coming to WDW from June 13-20 2014 for my sons graduation. There is 6 of us from MA and 8 coming from TX. we all have the DD package. My question is can we all book separate dinner reservations but be put close or will I have to contact each restaurant?

    Hi, Crystal!

    What a wonderful celebration you're planning for one very special accomplishment!

    I frequently make dining reservations for family and friends who are not staying with me in Walt Disney World, so I can tell you that the number of folks on your Advanced Dining Reservations does not have to match the number on your WDW Resort hotel reservation. The Table Service Entitlements you'll use to pay for those reservations are where your Dining Plan comes into play.

    To be sure that your party is seated together, I would encourage you to make the dining reservations for everyone in your party, all 14 of you. This will let the host or hostess seating you know that your group is together. Your server will ask if you are on a Disney Dining Plan and at that point you can let him or her know that you have two sets of Dining Plan entitlements among your party. Let your server know, when ordering, which 6 of you are dining under one plan and which 8 are dining under the other. Think of it like asking the check to be split when dining with another family. The orders will be arranged on two separate checks so that your "payment" (via Dining Plan) will be calculated accordingly. This way, gratuities and any additional orders which may go along with each group's meal can also be added to each group's check. If one group chooses to pay by credit card or cash and the other has established charging privileges, you'll have no trouble with these differences, as your bills are completely separate.

    Either use the great online Walt Disney World Dining Reservation site or call (407) WDW-DINE to secure your reservations.

    Congratulations to your son on his upcoming graduation, Crystal! What a magical way to celebrate!

    Send more questions as you think of them, too. We love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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