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  • On Sep 27, 2022
    Christopher from LA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are a family of 14, and we will be arriving on different days for our WDW Vacation, if i am checking in first, can i make sit down dinner reservations for all 14 of us, or do the others have to wait until their 60 day window opens up. Thanks So Much!!!

    Greetings, Christopher!

    Welcome to planDisney! Oh Boy! It sounds as if you are planning an epic adventure to Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season. I am sure you and your entire travel party will create a lifetime of magical memories during your stay. Here are all my best tips and tricks for booking dining during your stay and a few helpful notes about dining with a large crew. Before getting started I recommend that each adult member of your travel party creates their own My Disney Experience account and links them together, even if you are staying in the same hotel room or suite. This will make securing reservations as a group simple and save you time on the day that the booking window opens. 

    You can begin booking dining reservations for your group beginning at that 60-day window, even if they will not be checking in on the same day. The only exception for this is you are not able to book a reservation that you will not be attending. For example, you could book a reservation at The Crystal Palace for ten people, regardless of when the other nine arrive. But the reservation will be in your name. You would not be able to book a reservation for 10 people that does not include you. You can make your dining reservations right at that 60-day mark, beginning around 5:45 AM ET. Some reservations fill in minutes, so set that alarm! If you are a Guest of a Walt Disney World Resort Collection hotel, you can book 60 days prior to your arrival, plus an additional nine days out. Being able to secure 10 days of dining reservations is one of the many great benefits of staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, and can help you secure those hard-to-get reservations. Pro tip: Try booking some of the more popular reservations like Chef Mickey or Be Our Guest Restaurant later in your stay. There tend to be more openings as not all Guests are able to book just yet. 

    You may find it difficult to book dining reservations for large groups, even immediately after that booking window opens. A pro tip for this is to split your party into two or three smaller groups that some locations may be able to accommodate with a little more ease. This may not be an option for you right at the 60-day mark if you are the only adult Guest checking in that day. But if there are multiple adults arriving, I recommend splitting the group if you cannot find a reservation for a large party (as long as your Ohana does not mind). If you are making reservations through the Walt Disney World website, you will be able to select the Reservation Contact from your connected Guests, which means you can make multiple reservations. Remember, the lead Guest must be in their 60-day booking window, so you would not be able to select someone arriving later than you. If reservations are being made through the My Disney Experience app, you will not be able to change the Reservation Contact. You will only be able to hold one reservation during similar periods of time in your name. If this is the case, you may want to have another Guest log on to make reservations when the booking window opens too!

    I hope your upcoming adventure is memorable and magical!
    We'll see ya real soon!
    Tammy 
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Meet the Panelist: Tammy, Illinois

Hey Everyone! I'm Tammy. My Ohana and I live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. I am a preschool teacher and I also coordinate events for youth and families. I have been visiting Walt Disney World Resort since I was a teenager. I'm always looking for a new adventure to explore or an amazing snack to try. I love to share my tips and experiences because I want to help make all trips as memorable and magic as my travels have been.  Learn More About Tammy

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