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  • On Aug 26, 2012
    Alison from GA 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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    My family will be visiting WDW in December and we are trying to get into a couple restaurants at specific meals but there are no openings. Are the Online Reservations as up to date as Calling the Dining phone number? I'm hoping there will be cancellations.

    Hi Alison,

    The online reservation system for Disney dining is up-to-date but I still prefer to call (407) WDW-DINE to make my advance dining reservations.  The Cast Members who answer those calls can check a wide variety of times more quickly than I can online.  When I called earlier this week to book my reservation for the new Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, the Cast Member checked an entire week's worth of dates for me in just a matter of minutes.  That would have taken me quite awhile had I tried to accomplish the same search through the online reservation system.

    While it's a good idea to have alternative restaurants in mind for your December trip, I wouldn't give up hope yet for the restaurants you most desire.  Call the reservation line periodically to see if there have been any cancellations.  You can continue to check even when you arrive at Walt Disney World.  Last minute cancellations are not at all uncommon, especially within the 24-48 hour time frame. 

    I'll keep my fingers crossed that reservations for the restaurants you most desire will become available for you. 

    Best wishes,
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