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  • On Feb 15, 2023
    Jacqueline from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, What is the best way to try to add a guest to a dining reservation when the restaurant has no availability online? We have a reservation for 12 guests and need to add one more. Thank you!

    Hello, Jacqueline,

    Thank you for sending your question to planDisney, and it looks like your trip is just a day away! Can you contain your excitement?  I hope your plans include a visit to the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts that is currently happening through February 20, 2023. Not only is there a celebration of art, but also music and food.  There is so much to see and enjoy.  And if you like thrill rides, you can try the newly added Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind which will leave you likely saying, "WOW!" I don't want to give away any spoilers, but it is incredibly amazing.  You will need to use the Virtual Queue or Lightning Lane since there is a traditional standby line for this attraction.

    To add one more guest to your current dining reservation, I'd continue to check availability online or through the My Disney Experience Mobile app. However, what may be the easiest thing to do is to arrive a bit early for your reservation and let the cast member at the check-in podium know that you have an extra guest.  We have done this before, and they were able to accommodate this request.  While I can't guarantee it will work,  I know they will work hard to do so.

    Wishing you a magical trip filled with happiness and joy!  
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