• On Apr 18, 2019
    Iman from IL 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.

    My family and I are going to Disney for Christmas 2019 and I didn't add a dining plan to my account. I wanted to know if I could still make reservations for my family to go to at least one restaurant to have the character dining experience?

    Hello Iman! Thank you for taking the time to stop by the Disney Parks Moms Panel! 

    Advanced Dining Reservations can be 180 days in advanced. Even though you don't plan to have a Disney Dining Plan, you can still enjoy a meal with some Disney pals. 

    In June, your 180-day window will open at 7am EST and you will be able to reserve character dining for you and your family during your holiday visit to Walt Disney World. Since you won't have the Dining Plan, there are several options of payment that you can use. Cash, all major credit/debit cards and Disney Gift Cards are accepted forms of payment for your meal. 

    Iman, be sure to log into your My Disney Experience account as early as possible on the first day your reservation window opens. Your visit to Disney is a very popular time of year, and some of the dining experience reservations go quickly. If for some reason, your top dining choice isn't available immediately, continue to check the reservation website, as families often change their vacation plans and availability opens up.

    Have the most magical time during your Disney visit. If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to stop by and visit with us again soon.

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Meet the Panelist: Korliss, Alabama

My love for all things Disney developed at the age of three from my parents. Today, my Prince, Princess, husband, and extended family share my passion for Walt Disney World too. I am excited to share my passion with you, as I help you plan your next Disney vacation.  Learn More About Korliss

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