• On Nov 9, 2020
    Beth from SC 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 decided to take a last minute trip to Disney World. I've never come last minute before and I can't get any dining reservations and the wait time on the phone is always 45 min to over an hour. Will I be able to get dining reservations

    Welcome to planDisney Beth!

    We’re so excited to see you here visiting us. Once again, welcome! 

    Some of my most favorite memories at both, the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, come from all those last minute trips. We made it a tradition to visit at least once a year, but even the trips, that didn’t consist of months of planning, always seemed to be sprinkled in Pixie Dust. I would say looking back now, it was all those last minute visits that mean the most to me. There’s something Magical about exploring the parks without having every detail planned out, Magic just seems to find you.

    Beth, don’t worry too much I’ve got some tips that may help you and your family enjoy some of your favorite dining experiences. First, I recommend downloading the My Disney Experience mobile app and searching for a dining reservation whenever you have time! Just check periodically throughout the day. (Tip: Search different times of the day, adding some flexibility to your plans may help you find a dining reservation at the restaurant you are searching for). My family also likes to try a new restaurant each visit, so if you are unable to find a reservation at one of your “must-dos”, I recommend maybe trying a new location. As a self proclaimed Disney Foodie myself, food at Disney is delicious no matter what.

    If you are still unable to schedule a dining experience before you arrive, Hakuna Matata! Mobile Dine Walk-up might be an option for you! You are able to use the My Disney Experience mobile app to add your party to the walk-up list at select table-service restaurants. It’s a quick and spontaneous way to add sit down meals to your vacation. You will be able to check availability at participating restaurants via the app or by scanning a QR code located in the restaurant's lobby. If there is availability, you will be able to join the walk-up list.

    Beth, I hope this helps you find just what you are looking for. I’m sure no matter what, your visit will be practically perfect in every way!

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Meet the Panelist: Shantel, Arizona

Hi ya Pals! I'm Shantel from Arizona. I am a mom of two and a military wife. I grew up going to the parks, and now we're sharing that tradition with our kids. When I am not visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm at home researching and planning for our next trip! One of my favorite things to do is search for new snacks to try, especially if they are Mickey shaped. I'm definitely living the dream my heart wished for! I cannot wait to answer your questions and help make your vacation even more magical! Learn More About Shantel

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