Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Sep 8, 2015
    Julie from TX 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.

    Our family of 13 is going to Disney World December 23-28. We got a late start and are having problems making meal reservations for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We have had a family tragedy and need to be together during these times. Advice?

    Hi Julie!

    I am all too familiar about how a family tragedy can bring a family together. Spending the holiday season together as a family is so important, especially when a tragedy rocks your world.

    My first suggestion would be to think outside of the box. You may not be able to get a dining reservation for your party size at some of the more popular restaurants like Chef Mickey’s, but I am betting that there may be some availability at restaurants in some of the Disney Resort Hotels, or even those that may not be as “popular” among guests.

    Secondly, if you are having a hard time, maybe you could try to split your party up into two groups. You may be able to find two dining reservations that are close to each other in regards to time. If you are able to do that, at check in you could “request” that your two parties be seated close to each other. Please do remember that if you did this it would be considered a request and is not guaranteed.
    Lastly, I suggest if you are unable to secure reservations for dinner, try to strive for a late lunch or even a breakfast!

    The great news is that I did run a quick search on available dining reservations. When searching instead of searching for a specific dinner time, I searched for “dinner.” For Christmas Eve quite a few options showed up. The one that I would choose is the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. This is my favorite dinner show and I have always found the food to be delicious! Since your family may be going through a rough time, this dinner show may be just what your family needs to have a hootin-tootin good time! There also were some great results that came up for Christmas Day so please try your search again and keep an open mind!

    I hope that you are able to make wonderful memories this Christmas!


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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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