• On Oct 3, 2021
    Lisa from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there a different way to book a dining reservation for 9 people? Our 9th person is an infant. There does not ever seem to be any reservations available for 9 but plenty for 8 people. There used to be a special reservation number for large groups.

    Heigh-ho Lisa, it's off to Walt Disney World you go! 

    Oh my gooseberry pie! It sounds like you'll be enjoying a grand gathering with a bigger crew than Snow White and all seven of her dwarf friends. Sitting down for meals is a great way to spend time together. I visited with a large group of extended family members just recently, and even though we frequently went our separate ways during the day, we enjoyed dinner together most nights. It was a fun and relaxing way to recap our day and discuss the next steps on our itinerary. 

    With a party of 9, you might want to try having a couple of folks in your group make two separate dining reservations for around the same time or within 15-30 minutes of one another. My family of 12 had two or three reservations for each of our meals on our last trip, and we tried to coordinate times as best we could. My mom, my sister, and I each made reservations in our My Disney Experience accounts, and when we arrived at a restaurant, we requested to be seated as close together as possible. Best wishes finding tables and times that work for you!

    Lisa, when planning dining for a crowd, some restaurants might work better than others. Biergarten Restaurant in EPCOT, for example, seats parties at long, communal tables, and is a great choice for groups of six or more. Whispering Canyon Café at Disney's Wilderness Lodge is a fun restaurant with a spacious dining area and is another option I'd suggest for your party. My family also enjoys Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in EPCOT and Sanaa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village. Via Napoli has lots of seating, and Sanaa is a fantastic hidden gem that's a little out of the way, so it's usually easy to reserve several tables at both locations. If you need any more restaurant ideas, don't hesitate to reach out again; my panelist pals and I LOVE to talk about Disney food!

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney, Lisa. I hope everything works out for your family, and we can't wait to see ya real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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