Asian Family; Multigenerational
  • On Oct 25, 2023
    Kurt from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have a family of 7 and we are having problems making dining reservations for the entire group. Do I need to call and make special plans for our group?

    Greetings, Kurt! I'm so happy you decided to share your question with us, here at planDisney. We love helping our fellow Guests make their vacation plans to visit Disney destinations!

    I completely understand your question and I have some experience with making dining reservations for my large, extended family at Disneyland Resort. First, don't hesitate to keep checking back on the dining availability search tool as you approach your visit dates. Often, availability will change if Guests cancel or modify their reservations, so you never know when a new reservation might pop up in the results for you! Some restaurants tend to have more availability for larger groups than others. I'm thinking of Wine Country Trattoria in Disney California Adventure Park and River Belle Terrace in Disneyland Park, in particular. The restaurants at the Disneyland Resort Hotels also typically have availability for large groups, such as Goofy's Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel and Storytellers Cafe at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

    However, this shouldn't limit your search for the perfect table service restaurant for your group! One strategy I have used in the past is to split our travel party into two groups and look for reservations within 15-30 minutes of each other at the same dining location. For example, your group could search for a reservation for a party of 3 and a party of 4 at or near the same time at the same restaurant. Arrive a little bit early for your dining time and kindly ask the Cast Members if they can combine your dining party or seat you very near one another, even if at separate tables. It is never guaranteed, of course, but the Cast Members are accustomed to helping Guests with large travel parties and they'll do their very best to accommodate your request. 

    You should note that in order to make two dining reservations at the same time, you'll need to acquire the help of a friend or family member in your travel party with their own Disney account to secure the second reservation. The system will otherwise tell you that you have "conflicting" plans and you won't be able to hold multiple dining reservations at the same time. You can secure dining reservations up to 60 days in advance on either the Disneyland website or the official Disneyland Resort mobile app.

    Kurt, I hope this is helpful for now. If you still have questions or if we can clarify further, please don't hesitate to come back to planDisney. We'd love to lend more recommendations for the perfect family vacation at 'The Happiest Place on Earth!'

    Wishing you magic, always!
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Meet the Panelist: Tishra, Washington

From my casita to yours, welcome to planDisney! I'm Tishra, a Spanish-speaking Colombian American living in the Pacific Northwest. I'm a college professor, a happy wife, and a mom to two little girls who hold magic in their hearts as much as their parents do! Our family believes in celebrating every milestone, from life's biggest moments to all the details in between. If you want to commemorate something special with a Disneyland Resort vacation, I'm here to help you out in English or Spanish. Learn More About Tishra

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