• On Apr 21, 2016
    Taryn from TN 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.

    To get dining at Magic Kingdom, I tried booking 180 days out (going in Oct) hoping to get cinderella's castle or be our guest. But there is NOTHING available at Magic Kingdom for any restaurant/meals except odd times. Any tips?

    Hi Taryn, 

    I often plan my family’s trips to Walt Disney World Resort well after the 180-day reservation window. This has made it more difficult for us to dine at places like Be Our Guest Restaurant and Cinderella’s Royal Table… but difficult doesn’t mean impossible! 

    My first recommendation would be to keep checking to see whether another Guest has cancelled a dining reservation that you can snap up. I’ve found that logging on first thing in the morning is when I have the most luck with some harder-to-get reservations, but I’ve also seen some pop up in the middle of the day too. 

    My biggest and best recommendation, however, would be to check availability 24-48 hours before the day that you’d like to dine in a given Walt Disney World restaurant. That’s when LOTS of dining reservations get cancelled in order to ensure that Guests aren’t charged a no-show fee pursuant to each individual restaurant’s cancellation policy. I’ve found from experience that reservations often start popping up a week beforehand, so that’s definitely when I would start checking in earnest if you have your heart set on dining at a certain location. 

    I hope my tips help you plan your upcoming vacation and that you’ll be able to dine like (and maybe even with!) royalty during your visit to Magic Kingdom Park! Should you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to come back and visit us.

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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