EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Nov 11, 2009
    Angie from WI 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.

    I heard you need to make sit down meal reservations ahead of time. How do you know which park to make the reservation in if you don't know which park you will be at each day? I am told we can't find out which parks open early until we arrive.

    Hi Angie,

    I think it is very important to make your dining reservations in advance. Many Disney restaurants are extremely popular and book well in advance. Dining reservations ca now be made 180 days in advance, either online or by calling 407-939-3463. The Disney World calendar indicating park hours is also available up to 180 days in advance and can be found here.

    I typically write a list of the restaurants we want, and then a separate list of which days I hope to visit which park. I match my restaraunt list to my planning calendar and start there. When i call to make my dining reservations, if I can not get my restaraunt choice for a specific day, I either move to our second restaraunt choice at the same park. If the restaraunt is very popular, or one of our absolute favorites, and there is an opening for that location on a different day, then I re-arrange which day I will go to which park.

    Although I generally try and plan which park we are at to match my dining choices, we have at times, visited a park for just our reservation and then moved on to another park to play. This is one of the great advantages of the park hopper option.

    Hope this helps. Happy planning!
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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