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  • On Dec 11, 2009
    Melissa from MI 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.

    First time visiting WDW. Can you get into casual/character dinning restaurants with out reservations?

    Hi Melissa,

    Let first figure out what you're looking for. I'm not 100% sure what you mean by "casual" restaurants. If you mean quick service or counter service food, then you do not need reservations for this (and none are taken). However if you mean "casual" table service dining (as opposed to gourmet signature dining), then yes, in most cases you do need reservations. This depends a bit on which restaurant you're looking at, what time you're dining, and what time of year you're traveling, but in general you are usually MUCH better off at table service restaurants if you have a reservations. During off dining times or slow times of year it might be possible to get a walk-in spot, but at peak hours during holidays this is all but impossible.

    Character dining is another situation altogether. Character dining is among the most popular experiences at Walt Disney World. Some character restaurants such as Chef Mickey's and the princess meals are fully booked many months in advance. If you'd like to dine there, I STRONGLY suggest you make a reservation.

    Good luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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