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  • On Feb 7, 2011
    Randi from MS 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.

    How early can I arrive for a dining reservation? only times avaiable are after 8:45pm, but if I show up at 7pm will I be seated early?

    Hi Randi,

    You can only show up 15 minutes before your reservation.  If you show up earlier than that you are considered a walk-in.  The castmembers at the restaurant will give you an estimated wait time, but you should be prepared to wait a long time.

    When you are waiting on the walk-in list you are always pushed lower on the list as guests with reservations show up.  My family has done this a few times and it can be frustrating.  You wait in the restaurant's lobby and watch family after family walk in and get seated while you wait.  Guests with current reservations always get top priority.   

    Since you are trying to get in at 7pm you may have better luck than someone trying to get in at 6 pm.  It depends on how many folks with reservations actually show up.  If its a rainy day and the restaurant is in a theme park, you may have a better chance.

    Best of luck,

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I have been fortunate enough to be on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel since 2008.  As a Disney World enthusiast, I can’t imagine a greater opportunity.  My husband, our 6-year-old daughter, and I visit WDW a few times a year. 

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