Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Mar 23, 2011
    Vikki from IL 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 will be in Disney from 12/24 - 1/7. I know it is to early to start making reservations at the restaurants but I wanted to start planning where to eat and needed to know my chances of getting my first choice in restaurants. Thanks

    Hi Vikki!

    You are going during what is historically a very busy time of year.  However, it is also one of the most beautiful times to visit! 

    Dining reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance, and if you are a Walt Disney World resort guest, you can make all of your reservations for your trip at 180 days before your check in date; for example, if you're staying for 3 nights, you can make all of your reservations on the first day you are eligible as opposed to having to call back 3 days in a row!

    To be honest, i've never had a problem getting the reservations I've wanted when I've made them 6 months in advance.  However, I haven't tried for Cinderella's Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom in a long time.  Historically, that is the hardest Table Service restaurant to get a reservation for.  You have to call or use the online system first thing in the morning on the first day you are eligible to try (e.g. 180 days in advance).  Online dining reservations can be made here

    Good luck and enjoy planning your magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

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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