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  • On Aug 7, 2009
    Jeffrey from NJ 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.

    Here's a question from a dad. My wife and kids (3 and 5) will be heading to WDW in October during Free Dining. We don't want to be locked into reservations now. Do you think it is unwise to not book ADR in advance even though it is Oct? Only 7 weeks!!

    Hi Jeffrey,

    Thanks for writing!  The Fall is a wonderful time to visit Disney World.  The weather and crowds are generally much more moderate than the summer, and there are several special events at the parks, including Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom and the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.

    While making advanced dining reservations definitely involves a bit  of pre-planning, I strongly advise that, at a minimum, you make reservations for the table service restaurants that you are most interested in dining at.  As you can guess, the Free Dining promotion is very popular, and tends to significantly increase the number of guests dining at table service establishments.  While securing a table as a walk-up patron is certainly possible, your wait time will be longer than had you made reservations, and at some of the more popular spots, a table may  not be available at all.  (The character meals, which will likely be big hits with your children, fall into this "super popular" category.)  I would hate or your family to come down with this fabulous promotion, and not be able to dine at the restaurants your family wants to experience.

    Have a wonderful family vacation!

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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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