• On Mar 15, 2019
    Megan from NY 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.

    I have the Disney dinning package and I would like to know if I have to reserve table side dinning before arriving for our vacation?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Megan. I'm delighted to answer your question about dining! 

    Even though advanced dining reservations are not required, it is highly advisable to secure some, especially at the most popular restaurants. If booking online, advanced reservation availability for restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort typically begins at approximately 5:45 AM Eastern Time up to 180 days prior to your vacation. If you prefer to make your advance dining reservations on the phone, be aware that the Disney Reservation Center (keep this phone directory handy) is available from 7:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. Eastern Time Mondays thru Fridays, and from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Eastern Time on Saturdays and Sundays.

    The best part of adding the Disney Dining Plan to your vacation is that you can have a character meal every day if you wish to! You will want to book a reservation at Cinderella's Royal Table, Chef Mickey's, 1900 Park Fare, Ohana, etc. and other favorites, where you will not need to wait in line to meet a character; they will come to you, instead! 

    If you would like to book a dining event, you can do so beginning at 7:00 A.M. ET on the day it becomes available.  

    Megan, I hope you find this information useful, and remember that we'll be here with more planning tips.

    Happy Disney Dining!
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Meet the Panelist: Desiree, Peru

Hi! I'm Desiree from Lima, Peru. My family will never ever tire of visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth, even if means traveling almost 3,000 miles to do so! My husband and I love to watch the fireworks with our kids, but the best magic happens when the grandparents come along and we all feel the same age in front of Cinderella Castle! I love giving tips about different types of resorts and traveling with multigenerational groups.
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