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  • On Aug 16, 2009
    Lloyd from IN 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.

    Hi. My family is coming to visit Sept 26th-Oct 1st. I have only been able to get ADRs at 2 restaurants for the entire stay regardless of what times and days I choose. Any suggestions? Would love to enjoy at least 1 character dining experiece.

    Hi, Lloyd!   My best suggestion to you is to try early in the morning when cancellations from the previous day are released.   You can start as early as 6:00 a.m. EST on-line and 7:00 a.m. E.S.T. by phone.   Try a few times before your trip, and if still no luck, check at your resort when you check-in to see if they can help secure any reservations for you.

    Be flexible with your times, and as soon as you see something, grab it before someone else does!   For more tips on getting Advance Dining Reservations,  read an answer HERE that I gave to another Disney guest.

    Finally, make sure you are checking ALL the available character dining experiences!   Don't forget to check Tusker House in the Animal Kingdom (breakfast with Donald, Daisy and pals), breakfast at Cape May Cafe in the Beach Club with Goofy, Chip and Dale and pals, and the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom where you can dine with silly old Winnie the Pooh!  For a complete list of character dining locations, go to and search Character Dining.

    Good luck!   I hope you have some great dining experiences during your WDW vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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