• On May 20, 2018
    Marie from LA 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.

    Going to Disney World Nov 11-16. I am having trouble getting dinner reservations at all parks. Is it usually busy that week? I had read it was a moderate attendance week.

    Hi, Marie! Early to mid-November is one of my favorite times to visit Walt Disney World Resort. The weather is usually beautiful and still warm enough that we can enjoy afternoons by our resort pool. The beginning of the week you mentioned can be a bit busy due to the Veterans Day holiday. Many schools are closed that day, so families take advantage of that break to head to the theme parks. That is just one reason why you could be seeing limited availability at your favorite dining locations.

    Magic Kingdom Park is hosting Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party during select days that week (November 12, 13, and 15), so Advance Dining Reservations are limited for dinner seating those days. If you are planning to attend the party, there is a separate listing for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Dining and there looks to be a good variety of availability during the party. If you do not plan to attend the party, look for breakfast and lunch reservations, or consider heading to a nearby Resort hotel for dinner. Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is one of my daughters' favorite meals and we often dine there.

    Some dining locations do see their Advance Dining Reservations go quickly as soon as they open. However, I  notice them become available off and on as we get closer to our vacation dates. Guests often change plans, so keep an eye out for ones you really want to experience. In the meantime, consider securing a table at a different dining location either within the theme park, at a nearby resort, or at Disney Springs. You can utilize complimentary Disney transportation to reach your destination and even hop right back over to the theme park to continue with your magical day.

    Thanks again for stopping by, Marie, and please let us know if you have any other questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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