Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Mar 8, 2015
    Maryellen from CT 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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    How much grace time do you have for a restaurant before you're considered a "no show"

    Hi Maryellen!

    This question made me laugh out loud when I read it!  I spent the last weekend at Walt Disney World with two of my friends, and we had a conversation about this very situation.

    I am chronically early for everything and have mild anxiety when I think I am going to be late!  So, when traveling with my family, I adhere strictly to the "arrive 15 minutes prior" to all of my dining reservations ... if not even earlier!   However, on this past trip, we were about five minutes late to our reservation for breakfast and it worked out just fine.

    I think that the answer to your question depends on several factors.  1.  How late you are.  2.  How big your party is  3.  How full the restaurant is.

    If you arrive 15 - 20 minutes late and explain yourself to the hostess, they will probably look your reservation up and then put you back on the list.  You will most likely have to wait longer for the next available table, but again, this will depend on your party size and restaurant capacity.

    Obviously, being on time would be ideal, but if you are running a few to 20 minutes behind, I wouldn't worry too much!  Disney will try to seat you as soon as possible, but those varying factors will definitely come into play.  

    I hope this helps!  Please let me know if you have any other questions.  

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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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