Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Feb 11, 2010
    Erica from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am going to Disney in April. I have two questions If you don't book a place for dinner each night will you still be able to sit down somewhere with your family and would you be able to eat at the countries in Epcot?

    Hi Erica!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Moms Panel!  All of the country pavilions in Epcot have at least one Table Service (full service) and one Quick Service (think something akin to fast food) restaurant, except for the American Adventure Pavilion which only has Quick Service.  The Quick Service restaurants do not accept reservations so you will be able to get food at them each night for dinner.

    However, if you want to eat at a Table Service restaurant then, in my opinion, it is necessary to make a reservation.  Many years ago reservations weren't absolutely required and walk-ins were accepted, but unfortunately I think those days are long gone.  You would have to be very lucky to walk in to any of the popular restaurants, even during slower times of the year.

    In my opinion, it is generally possible to make a reservation at the following Epcot restaurants within a month of a trip, except for the busiest times of the year:  Nine Dragons, Tokyo Dining, Bistro de Paris, Rose and Crown, Tutto Italia, and Biergarten.

    Remember that it is easier to get a reservation outside of the theme parks at one of the resort hotels.  There are a lot of places to eat in the Boardwalk area which is right outside Epcot's International Gateway entrance.  Favorites of mine include the Flying Fish Cafe on the Boardwalk and Cape May Cafe in the Beach Club Resort.  There are also a lot of places to eat in the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.  All of these can be reached by boat from the International Gateway entrance.

    Write back if you have any more questions!
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I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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