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  • On May 1, 2011
    Janice from TX 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.

    Do I have to make dinner reservations? Normally I like to plan things, but on this vacation we want to just be relaxed all around. But we might like to have a nice dinner or two - would we be just out of luck entirely if we don't make advance reservations?

    Hi Janice! The answer to this question depends a lot on the time of year you're visiting Disney World and how picky you are about when and where you dine. If your trip is during a busy time of year, such as the summer, spring break, or holidays, or if you're visiting during a period where the Dining Plan is offered for free, you may find it difficult to get a table at many restaurants. Even during off-peak times of year, you may find that the popular restaurants have no availability at regular meal times. If you're willing to dine at less popular times such as mid-afternoon or late evening, or if you're flexible about where to eat, you'll be more likely to find a table.

    If there are particular restaurants that you know you'd like to try on your trip, I recommend that you make reservations at those so you won't be disappointed. Even though you don't want your vacation to feel over-scheduled, I've found that I have the most relaxing Disney vacations when I make my dining plans in advance so I won't end up hungry and tired and unable to find a restaurant with availability.  I recommend that you make one dining reservation for each day so that you'll have it if you need it. You can always cancel them, even at the last minute, if you end up choosing to do something else.

    Wishing you a relaxing vacation! Come visit us again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions! We'd love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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