• On Apr 23, 2018
    Sarah from MO 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 there! I might be crazy, but we are considering a last minute Disney vacation! We don't need everything to be "perfect", but I want to make sure that we will be able to eat and/or get dining reservations if I buy tickets?

    Hey there, Sarah! With the emphasis on pre-planning your Walt Disney World vacation, it can be scary for someone going on a last minute trip. Not to worry. Even on the busiest days of the year - and that includes Christmas day - you can find something, somewhere, if you can be just a little bit flexible.

    While many guests like to book meals when their window opens 180 days in advance, you can usually find some pretty varied options even when you wait until the day of to book Disney Dining Reservations. It may be tougher to get the most popular meals, but if you can eat at off peak times (early lunches or late dinners, for example), you may even luck into one of the most coveted reservations. Be broad when searching for meal times. I always put in "dinner" for a dinner reservation, instead of choosing a specific time. That will give you a bigger list of options.

    Don't discount some of the quick service dining options. Many of them, including my favorite Columbia Harbour House, have options that rival a table service meal. You can find grilled salmon dinners, rotisserie chicken with mashed potatoes and vegetables, barbecue ribs, falafel, and more at some of these walk-up, counter service restaurants. At Epcot especially, you'll find a wide variety of delicious options that don't require a reservation.

    Also look at the Disney Springs restaurants. The options there are continually growing, and you'll find everything from pizza and burgers to one of the best seafood meals anywhere. 

    Have a great trip!

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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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