• On Aug 27, 2012
    Brian from TN 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 four will be visiting WDW 9/29 - 10/5. We want to take full advantage of the dining plan. However, I am discovering that there are not many reservations available. What are the chances of slipping in without a reservation?

    Hi Brian,

    Disney does not set aside tables for walk-ups. That being said, it is often possible to walk up to a restaurant and be seated, depending on a number of factors.

    The good news is that you're traveling during a relatively un-crowded time of the year, so this may give you better luck. To maximize your chance of dining without reservations, you should be prepared to eat early or late. Showing up at 5:00 p.m. with no reservation may result in a table. Show up at 6:30 and you may not be as successful.

    You'll also want to avoid some of the most popular restaurants. The odds of getting into a fully booked Cinderella's table are quite small, but if you want to eat at some of the larger table service restaurants at Epoct or Downtown Disney, then you'll have a much better shot of being seated.

    Good luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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