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  • On Aug 2, 2008
    Freeland from MS 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.

    My family will be traveling 12/26 - 1/3 and we have the deluxe dining plan. How do I take advantage of making reservations for meals w/o having to work entire trip around meal times. I have made 1 reservation for each day, but may need to make more.


    You will be visiting DIsney during the absolute peak attendance period.  You absolutely must make more ADR's. 

    The Deluxe Dining Plan only holds value if you eat all or almost all table service meals.  If you eat at very many quick service locations you will be losing money, and you'd be far better off to cancel the plan and pay out of pocket.

    Because the time you are traveling is so incredibly busy, restaurants will be booked.  (They are often booked in much less busy times of year)  If you do not have dining reservations in advance you will be highly unlikely to find a seating available.

    Honestly, I wish I could give you a different answer, but there really isn't any way to make reservations without planning around them in advance.  My best suggestion would be to visit the Parks Calendar page and determine which park you will be in for each day of your trip.  That will help you to plan your meals around the park's hours and parade/show times, so you don't miss anything important. 

    Finally, if the planning does not sound like something you are interested in doing, I strongly encourage you to downgrade to the basic dining plan.  You can still pay out of pocket for additional meals if need be, but at least on the basic plan you won't be losing money when you eat at quick service locations.

    Best of luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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