Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Jun 20, 2009
    Sharon from PA 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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    Help! My husband and I and our 3 kids (ages 16, 13 and 9) suddenly decided to go to Disney World next week. Of course we do not have dinner reservations and now I read that many places need advanced dinner and breakfast reservations. Any suggestions?

    Hi Sharon,

    I have a few suggestions for last minute dining plans.  First, in my experience, the restaurants that participate in the Disney Dining Plans tend to book up most quickly.  There are several restaurants at Downtown Disney (which is a great place to spend your evenings, by the way!) that do not participate in the plan, and are generally easier to secure reservations at.  Some of our favorites are Portobello (Italian), Fulton's Crab House (Seafood) and Bongos Cuban Cafe (I'm guessing you know what kind of food they serve!) 

    Counter service restaurants throughout the parks and resorts do not take reservations, and are generally easy to get a table at, particularly, if you eat at "off-peak" hours (earlier or later than traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner times. 

    Finally, I've booked many "last minute" trips, and found the folks at Disney Dining to be super helpful and patient trying to help me get last minute reservations.  I'd recommend calling 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463) as soon as possible and tell the Cast Member who assists you what your dates and time preferences are.  They can help you find restaurants that have availability, make suggestions, etc.

    I think you'll find that if you call soon, you'll be able to get some great table service meals.

    Have a wonderful trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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