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  • On Nov 2, 2022
    Forster from MS Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Our family, nineteen of us, are planning to arrive at WDW January 2, 2023. We want to gather for dinner nightly, approximately 10 of us. Do I have to call? Or can I make large reservations online ?

    Hiya Forster - welcome to planDisney!

    Thanks for stopping by with your question for our team of panelists. We love to help Guests just like you plan your very own, very magical, Walt Disney World Resort vacations!

    I'm so excited to hEAR that your large family is going to start next year off at Walt Disney World Resort! It's such a great place to make magical family memories that will last a lifetime.

    Many of my most magical Disney memories revolve around food, so I'm glad that you're thinking about making Advance Dining Reservations for your crew's visit. It can be a bit more challenging to find reservations for a larger group, but I have some tips and tricks that might help make it a bit easier!

    Many dining locations at Walt Disney World Resort accept reservations for parties of all sizes online, via the My Disney Experience Mobile App, or by phone. Maximum party size varies by restaurant and is usually dependent on the physical limitations of the restaurant itself. For example, if tables are fixed and unable to be moved, reservations will be limited to smaller parties.

    For larger groups, there are a few things you can do to increase your success. First, I recommend being flexible on time and location. Prime dinner times are most popular, and thus it will be more difficult to secure a reservation for a larger party. Having an earlier or later dinner might open up more options. Likewise, being open to all dining location options opens up more potential availability. I also know that many Guests have better luck if they are able to make their reservations first thing in the morning when their 60-day booking window opens.

    If you're not finding the options you want, you can always consider making two or more smaller reservations at the same location at around the same time. When I've done this, I like to visit the restaurant earlier in the afternoon and explain my situation to a Cast Member. If it's possible, they may attempt to seat your two parties nearby one another - it's the next best thing! It's not always possible to accommodate these requests, but this is another option.

    Lastly, there are some great dining locations at Disney Springs that can sometimes accommodate larger groups. For example, a few months ago I hosted a group of 12 at The Edison by calling the restaurant directly in advance.

    I hope this information is helpful, Forster - please stop by with any additional questions!

    Ryan J.
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Meet the Panelist: Ryan, Ohio

Hi, everyone! I’m Ryan from Ohio and am so happy that you’re here! By day (and most nights and weekends), I'm a business professor mentoring the next generation of leaders. In my free time I love outdoor activities and traveling with my family and friends, scarfing down ice cream, and, of course, all things Disney! I can’t wait to help your crew plan a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Ryan

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