• On Apr 1, 2021
    Cheryl from NM Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are a family of 8 traveling to WDW in December. What is the best way to make dining reservations for a large party? I know we can't make reservations until 60 days out but also heard there is a number to call for large party reservations.

    December trips are a little extra magical, Cheryl. Who needs brown paper packages tied up in strings? Twinkly lights and Mickey ornaments are a few of my favorite things.

    While your family of eight will probably qualify as a festive bunch (especially if you wear your ugly Christmas sweaters!), in the eyes of Walt Disney World, your group isn’t a large party. A group must require more than 10 resort hotel rooms to qualify.

    I can still offer some helpful restaurant tips, though! For a party that size, I’d recommend booking your reservations as early as possible, right at that 60 day mark, ideally. When trying to find space for some of the most popular locations, like Be Our Guest Restaurant, for example, you might have more luck if you search for a meal timeframe (so, try searching by “dinner"), instead of a specific hour of the day. And, of course, a willingness to dine outside of peak times may also yield you more availability.

    When I’ve traveled with a larger group, I’ve had great luck in securing reservations at Biergarten, Whispering Canyon Cafe, The Hollywood Brown Derby and Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant. You might give those a try. 

    Wishing you and yours a jolly trip, Cheryl!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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