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  • On May 11, 2022
    Madison from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are going to Disney World in Florida in two weeks. It seems that all reservation times are booked. I did notice in the details that there is same day reservations available. How does that work and what time will it be open for reservations?

    Hello, Madison!

    Welcome to planDisney! I am delighted to hear that your trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth will begin in less than 10 days! I am sure that you are looking forward to joining the 50th Anniversary Celebration in all its EARidescence. A new event created just for the celebration is Disney Enchantment, a nighttime spectacular that combines lasers, fireworks, projections, and music. It is shown almost nightly in the Magic Kingdom, subject to change. 

    Any Guest visiting the Walt Disney World Resort can make Advanced Dining Reservations 60 days in advance. Guests of select Disney Resorts Collection Hotels can make their reservations for the entire length of their stay 60 days from their check-in date. It can be exciting and sometimes frustrating to make dining reservations because you may not get a reservation at some of the most popular locations. 

    Hakuna Matata, there are 2 ways that you can still get a reservation for a restaurant on your must-do list. First, I would recommend that you start checking availability daily, for those locations on your list. Guests may have plans that have changed and may need to cancel an existing reservation, which could free up a spot for your family. If you see an opening, I recommend that you book it immediately. 

    Same-day reservations are based on Mobile Dine Walk-Up Availability. Walk-up lists are available at select table-service dining establishments, subject to availability. You can join the walk-up list without even visiting the restaurant in person. You will make your request using the My Disney Experience mobile app. Open the app and tap the + sign at the bottom of the page. Select Check Dining Availability and enter your party size. Remember to count everyone, even children under 3. Select the current date, and your time slot option, under Search by Time. When you select Now, you will see a list of estimated wait times. When your table is ready, you will receive a notification. You can request an Advanced Dining Reservation anytime, I would assume that the walk-up list availability opens the same time as all new dining reservations as early as 6:00 AM, but that time is always subject to change and dining availability. 

    See ya real soon, 

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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Ohio

Hi there, I am Andrea from the Buckeye State. A very proud mom to my princess who is a former Miss Ohio. Friends and family describe me as a "Disney Nerd" and Star Wars fangirl. I have made 30 trips and counting to the Walt Disney World Resort in all stages of life since 1972 as a small child, a young mom with a toddler and now as an empty nester. The love of vacation planning runs strong in my family. My uncle had it, I have it and with my help, you will have it too. Learn More About Andrea

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