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  • On Dec 17, 2009
    Elizabeth from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Everyone! We are planning a trip in May - we know our dates but aren't yet ready to book and submit a down payment? Can we still make dining reservations or do these need to be tied in with our room reservations? What about if we get the dining plan?

    You can, and should, make dining reservations as soon as possible, with or without a resort reservation.

    Anyone is welcome to make dining reservations up to 180 days in advance. You don't need a resort confirmation number or have your Disney Dining Plan status finalized. You don't even need to be staying on WDW property.

    However, there is some benefit to having a confirmation number in hand:

    The advantage to having your WDW resort reservation number is that, in most cases, you can uses the 180 + 10 rule. This means that guests staying at Disney-owned resorts can make the meal reservations for their entire trip (up to 10 days) on the first day of their 180 day window. So instead of having to call back multiple times, a Disney resort guest can call at the 180-day mark to make reservations for not only meals on the first day of their trip, but also for meals on the following nine days. In reality this means that Disney guests who are staying for 10 days can make the reservations for the last day of their trip 190 days in advance, rather than just 180. This gives them a boost in their ability to get reservations for hard to come by meals.

    If you are making your dining reservations online, you can begin at 6:00 a.m. If you're making your dining reservations over the phone, the lines open at 7:00 a.m. at 407-WDW-DINE. Either method works 7 days a week.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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