• On Nov 9, 2017
    Michele from ME 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.

    I'd like to stay at The Contemporary facing the park, and eat breakfast at the Magic Castle and dinner at Mickey's Backyard BBQ. How far in advance should I reserve? I've been told even 180 days in advance these things are already booked.

    Hi Michele,

    I love staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort, and it is also a great location for the dining that you wish to do. Cinderella's Royal Table is located in Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom. It is truly an enchanting dining experience, to have a wonderful meal and meet princesses inside of the castle! One of my favorite things about Disney's Contemporary Resort is that you can walk to Magic Kingdom in under 10 minutes, or you can take the monorail or a boat. Mickey's Backyard BBQ is a fun, outdoor picnic atmosphere. I will never forget watching my young daughter dance with joy with characters at this experience! Mickey's Backyard BBQ is located at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, which is accessible from Disney's Contemporary Resort by boat.

    You are correct that these are both very popular dining experiences, but do not worry, I think you should be able to make a reservation for them. As a Walt Disney World guest, you can make your dining reservations at 180 days ahead of your check-in date for up to 10 days of your vacation. This means that if you call on that 180 day date before your check-in, you can also make dining reservations for the last day of your vacation, as long as your vacation is 10 days or fewer. If you can be flexible on the day of your vacation for each dining experience, then you should be able to find availability. It is wise to calculate the 180-day before your check-in date mark and make your reservations on that day.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Michele!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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