• On Aug 1, 2018
    Sherry from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Does Disney require dining reservations? We are traveling with 9 family members and we are not sure if we will all want to eat together at a certain time. That being said, can we use the Disney app to reserve on the fly?

    Hi Sherry,

    One of the BEST parts about a Walt Disney World Resort vacation is definitely the food! Mmm...you'll find SO many delicious and fun dining options!

    You'll always find yummy options for snacks, Quick-Service restaurants, and even some Table-Service restaurants available at the last minute, but I do recommend making reservations for any Table-Service restaurants on which your heart is set. I see that you're visiting around Christmas time, too, which is a very popular time to visit, so those reservations may be even more important. While it's likely that you'll find something available if you wait until the last minute; it just may not be at the location or time you're wanting. My suggestion would be to go ahead and make some dining reservations for times when you think you might all want to eat together, and then cancel anything that you don't need as the date approaches. Just be mindful of each restaurant's specific cancellation policies so that you don't get charged for a meal that you don't eat!

    If you do want to be more spontaneous, the My Disney Experience app is a GREAT tool to search for last-minute restaurant availability. I'd also encourage you to try some of the yummy and unique Quick-Service options, which don't require reservations. Some of my favorites are Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie at Epcot, Satu'li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Columbia Harbour House at Magic Kingdom Park. For many Quick-Service locations, you can even use the mobile order feature through the My Disney Experience app! It's super convenient.

    Thanks so much for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Sherry, and have a truly magical...and delicious...vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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