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  • On Dec 27, 2022
    Jayne from MO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My husband and I are bringing 8 of our older grandchildren to Epcot and Magic Kingdom this week. It has been 13 years since I have been and I had no idea that we would maybe need to make reservations for rides and restaurants until yest. i just need help.

    Hi there, Jayne! Thanks for bringing your question to planDisney -- you've come to the right place.

    How wonderful that you'll be spending time with your grandchildren making memories to last a lifetime at The Most Magical Place on Earth! There have been quite a few exciting changes in the last 13 years at Walt Disney World Resort, but please let me reassure you -- you've got this!

    First things first - as long as you already have your admission tickets and Disney Park Pass reservations, you are good to go and everything else will fall into place. Next, be sure you have downloaded the My Disney Experience mobile app to your device -- this will put all the information you need right in the palm of your hand. You'll want to be sure everyone in your party is connected in your Family & Friends List. If any of your grandchildren have their own My Disney Experience account or are managed under a parent's account, you can invite them to connect.

    Let's chat about reservations for rides. Almost all rides offer a standby queue -- you simply wait in line; no reservations are necessary. Guests also have the option to purchase Disney Genie+ service on the date of their visit. With Disney Genie+, Guests can reserve Lightning Lane access to over 40 rides and attractions, one at a time, beginning at 7:00 am. I explained a little bit about how Genie+ works in this answer to another Guest. Currently, there is one attraction that does not offer a traditional standby queue. To experience Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Guests must request a spot in the Virtual Queue. Guests who hold a Disney Park Pass for EPCOT can request to join the Virtual Queue via the home screen in the My Disney Experience mobile app precisely at 7:00 am - spots go quickly! There is another opportunity to join the Virtual Queue at 1:00 pm. Guests may also purchase Individual Lightning Lane access for this attraction.

    Now let's talk about dining. There are hundreds of dining locations at Walt Disney World Resort -- everything from popcorn and ice cream carts to fine signature dining experiences. While there are table-service restaurants where dining reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance, there are also plenty of great quick-service dining locations, with no reservations necessary! With a crew of 10, my preference would be to stick with the flexibility of quick-service dining for your visit. You can save time with the convenience of Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering. My family of 6 likes to browse menus and build our orders while waiting in line for an attraction, and then when we are ready to eat, just press "I'm here, prepare my order."

    Jayne, I am limited by space, but would be happy to offer additional recommendations and tips for your trip. If you need clarification or have other questions, feel free to write back and submit as many questions as you like -- we are always happy to help.

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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