• On Oct 23, 2016
    Angie from ON 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.

    Family of 5, first timers at Diseny World Dec 17-24! Realized that we should have booked dining options sooner - any pointers on how we can get a reservation, or get on a waiting list? Any chance that people cancel? Help!

    Hi Angie!

    As last minute planner, I have often book our dining reservations right before our trip. In fact, even when I book our reservations 180 days in advance, I usually add new reservations to itinerary when my kids want a specific experience or when I am craving a favorite dis. I am happy to tell you that since Guests often do change their plans and itinerary, you can still enjoy some of the amazing dining experiences at Walt Disney World Resort with just a little bit of flexibility, patience and perseverance.

    The best way to find reservations for the dining experiences you are interested in is to keep searching! As I am preparing for a trip, I will look for reservations every day or every few days to see what is available. When you are searching for dining reservations, I recommend that you search over the entire meal you are interested in, rather than a specific time. By searching for "Lunch" rather than "12:00 p.m.", you will find all openings for that meal, rather than just around your specific time. When you are searching for dining reservations, you can find the available meals at the top of the time drop-down menu. If you can be flexible with your meal times, it may help you find reservations to the restaurants you are interested in!

    In my experience, I have found that many reservations open the week of my trip, with quite a few becoming available the day before. So I recommend that you use the use the My Disney Experience mobile app during your trip to continue looking for reservations. In fact, I just got back from an incredible trip to Walt Disney World Resort and I was able to find some great reservations to several restaurants, including Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and Whispering Canyon Cafe!

    T-T-F-N, ta ta for now!

    ~Crystal B.
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Meet the Panelist: Crystal, Colorado

Hi! I’m Crystal and I’m a wife and mommy to three little Mouseketeers. My husband and I have been enjoying Disney Parks since before we were married, and now we take our children to see Mickey and the gang as often as we can, while  managing my oldest son's food allergies. Planning is key for my family to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun trip to our favorite place and it can be just as exciting as the trip itself. I can’t wait to help you plan your next adventure there, too! Learn More About Crystal

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