• On May 18, 2019
    Elizabeth from VT 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.

    My 180 day til Disney is coming up. I’m getting anxious about my dinner reservations online. I’ve read 5:45 and 6:00 am for the when I can make them online. We are staying at the Wilderness Lodge. What time can I start making reservations online?

    Hi, Elizabeth! Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    There’s no need to be anxious about making dining reservations for your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation! If you have your heart absolutely set on a restaurant, though, let me offer a few suggestions.

    One recommendation is to be online and logged into your My Disney Experience account by 5:45 a.m. Eastern time on the morning of the 180th day from your check-in. Since you’re staying at an official Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you’ll be able to make your dining reservations for the length of your stay--but not before 6 a.m. that day. (The 5:45 a.m. suggestion is just there to make sure you’re logged in and ready to go when 6 a.m. rolls around.) One strategy I’ve had success with is booking those hard-to-get reservations for later in our trip. For example, if we’re checking in on a Saturday and checking out the following Sunday, I would try to reserve Cinderella’s Royal Table or Be Our Guest Restaurant for Friday or the Saturday night before we leave.

    Another suggestion is to be flexible with your times. If there are no dinner reservations available at a popular restaurant, consider a breakfast option instead. Take the time before your 180-day mark to explore restaurant menus online and make a prioritized list of what you and your family want to experience the most. Keep in mind that menus, options and prices are always subject to change, but the current postings should give you a general idea of what to expect.

    And if you don’t get exactly what you want, don’t fret! Many Guests will cancel their hard-to-get dining reservations as their vacation date approaches and their plans change. I’ve had luck securing reservations for everything from California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort to Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot with less than a week to go before our trips! Keep checking online or your My Disney Experience mobile app to see if something comes available closer to your check-in date.

    With more than 420 dining options at Walt Disney World Resort, you’re sure to find plenty to satisfy you and your family, Elizabeth! If you have any other questions about your options or would like suggestions about particular dining experiences, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’d love to help you plan!

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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