Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jun 19, 2010
    Allison 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.

    Some of the extended fam don't like to feel too "planned". Using the DDP - do all sit down rest. need ADR and if so how early do ADRs need to be made for the not Hugely popular rest. We have small children and will need to eat 5-6 pm - going at

    Hi Allison,

    Although there are some table service restaurants that you can get into without reservations during certain times of the year, you will have a much more enjoyable vacation if you've planned ahead.  Make the reservations -- I know you want to be spontaneous, but spontaneity is not fun if you have hungry, tired children who need to be fed, but you can't find a place to eat. 

    Reservations can be made 180 days in advance, and I recommend doing that.  I know, it sounds crazy -- who makes dinner plans 6 months early?  Well, I can tell you that if you miss that window getting into the hugely popular spots, especially at a prime dinner time (5-6 PM) can be almost impossible.  So don't wait, make the reservations.  You can always cancel them at a later date if you need to.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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