• On Mar 29, 2020
    Hilary from GA 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.

    Hi, Our family has a package booked for September, staying at Beach Club. A local friend would like to join us for a meal. Is there a way to add her when I make our dining reservations?


    Thanks for your question!

    When you make a dining reservation, even one tied to a resort reservation, all you need to do is provide them the number of people attending. Whether they are a Disney resort guest or not does not matter. So having a friend join you who is not staying in your room is not a problem. Just make sure that they are counted in your total number. When booking online they will ask you to enter a name and e-mail address for that guest, but they do not have to have a Disney account, or be part of your traveling party, for you to complete this. They will then be sent a confirmation e-mail, and you should be all set. 

    When it comes to paying the bill, it is just like at any other restaurant back home. Let the server know how each person dining will be paying for their meal, whether it is tied to a Disney Dining Plan, a Disney hotel room account, by credit card, or with cash. That helps them keep everything in order.

    Every time I come to Walt Disney World, the first order of business is to meet my friends Todd and Rochelle for either a quick drink, or possibly dinner. Our last visit was to Oga's Cantina, and it was not just fun to catch up with old friends, but we got to take in the excitement of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge together. 

    For you and your guest, you will want to consider if they have park tickets, or not. That will help you decide if you want to choose a restaurant in a park, or outside. You also want to think about what is easy for you to get to. Because you are staying at Disney's Beach Club Resort, I would recommend these choices as great places to catch up;
    I hope that this helps. Write me back if you want other dining suggestions!

    Have a Magical (and delicious) Vacation!

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I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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