• On Jul 4, 2017
    Jennifer from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi! My family and I are visiting in September 2017to WDW. I have made dining reservations but there were a few places that no reservations were available. Would we still be able to go to a restaurant if we do not have a reservation?

    Welcome Jennifer ~

    Your trip will be here before you know it and I bet you are too excited to sleep already! It is sometimes hard to get all of the advanced dining reservations you want when you first start trying. I'd recommend that you keep checking online and on the My Disney Experience mobile app every few days. Also keep trying by calling 407-WDW-DINE. If you haven't had success prior to leaving for your visit, keep checking even once you arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort. Guests will sometimes make advanced dining reservations early and once their trips get closer and they start firming up their plans, they may cancel some of their reservations which will free up times for other Guests.

    You could also opt for some of your second choices of dining locations or try new places. We have discovered some of our favorites that way.

    You can try walking up as some Guests cancel last minute for a number of reasons or the dining location may be able to squeeze you in. If you try walking up, I'd suggest going just as they start to serve (breakfast, lunch or dinner) so it gives you the widest window of time. If you have little ones in your party that may be disappointed if a dining location is not able to accommodate you, you may want to send a "scout" ahead while you distract their attention while someone is checking.

    There are some locations that have counters that Guests can walk up on a first come first serve basis like the 50's Prime Time Café in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    There is still time so keep trying and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! Please feel free to visit us with all of your planning questions.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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