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  • On Sep 4, 2015
    Beth from al 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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    Hi, my husband and i will be heading to WDW late november on short notice. We have tried to make reservations to different restaurants but there are none available. My question is, do we have to have a reservation to get into some of these restaurants?

    Hey Beth!

    While Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR) are not required to dine at the restaurants at Walt Disney World, they are definitely recommended. Moms Panelist Juliette never makes ADRs and 'wings it' her whole vacation. She claims this is a very relaxing way to spend your Disney vacation.

    I, on the other hand, am kind of an obsessive planner. Imagine my dismay when on my own vacation to Walt Disney World this November, I was up bright and early on 180th day and was only able to get one ADR! One! However, over the last few months of continually checking the dining locations I wanted I have been able to get nearly every ADR I wanted. So my advice to you is 'Just Keep Swimming'... I mean, Checking. You never know when someone is going to change their plans or Disney could even open up some reservations.

    I also received some great advice from another Moms Panelist who said I should think out of the box and try some restaurants I wouldn't normally experience. Take at look at the Make Reservations page. At the top you can select a date, time and number of people in your party then click 'Find a Table'. The restaurants with openings will be listed first. Check these out as you never know what might strike your fancy.  

    Good luck with the rest of your planning. Make sure to stop back by the Disney Parks Moms Panel is you have any other questions about your trip.

    Wishing you a *MAGICAL* vacation and a pixie-dusted day!

    Sue N., IN
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Meet the Panelist: Sue, Indiana

Just call me "Super Team Mom." I am a banker by day and a Disney fanatic and Team Mom extraordinaire by night. I can leap volleyball players in a single bound all while planning dinner for 25 people, coordinating fundraisers and booking travel arrangements. I was born and raised in Maine and am currently living in Indiana. I can't wait to help you plan for magical sports vacations at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Learn More About Sue

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