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  • On Oct 29, 2012
    Kate from BC 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.

    If we're going during the slow time of year (end of jan) and go for our meals at not high traffic times (like not right at noon or between 5 and 6) do we still need to make reservations? what if we're having fun and have to leave for a reservation?

    Hi Kate! No matter what time of year it is I always recommend making dining reservations at Disney. This is especially true for the more popular locations in the parks and resorts.

    Try to plan your days so you have a gap for dining. It can happen that you are busy or stuck on an attraction when your dining time comes around. If you do not show up within fifteen minutes of your time they will cancel it. But be careful as some dining requires a credit card to hold the reservation and if you do not show up they will charge a penalty. If you think this might happen then simply don't choose those spots. Of course it is in the best interest of all guests to cancel the day before if you are not going to use a reservation so other families can take that place.

    Even during slow times it can be hard to walk up and get a table but obviously if the parks are not crowded you certainly have a better chance. The one benefit of a reservation though is that it does allow you to rest at least once a day. Consider making one meal a table service location whether it be for lunch of dinner. Then rely on the quick service spots in the parks for the other main meal. You might find this easier to work with and play then having all meals table service. Enjoy the great food choices!
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Meet the Panelist: Kay, Indiana

Hello Adventurers and travelers! I am Kay and a past Adventures By Disney mom for the panel. But now I am excited to share vacation planning tips for those heading out for an incredible vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Kay

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