• On Feb 26, 2016
    Stacey from UT 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'm planning a trip in July 2016. With character meals, I know you can book them 60 days out. With that time of year do I need to plan on booking at midnight on that 1st day to be able to get it? Also, can Disney gift cards card?

    Stacey, welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I love Character Dining because it is such fun to interact with our favorite Disney characters without having to stand in line. I've had plenty of luck making dining reservations with less than 60 days notice. Of course, we usually spend 3 days in the parks which allow for flexibility of times. If there is a particular date and time you have in mind, say your child's actual birthday, making a dining reservation right at midnight can't hurt (especially if you're a night owl that works better when the children are tucked in bed!) Another tip would be to call Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE and speak with a Cast Member for assistance if you do not find any date or time online that suits you. I encountered a problem once when making a New Year's Eve Character Dining reservation, which also happens to be my son's actual birthday. The friendly Cast Member was able to find a table for us at a convenient time, and I was so glad I called.

    Also, Disney Gift Cards can be used to pay for your meal as well! 

    I hope this information is helpful as you plan your upcoming trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. Please visit me on the Panel again if you have further questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Kiki, California

Greetings from Northern California! I have been fascinated by the magic of Disney since I was a little girl; now that I am a mother of two, I love watching my children experience Disney Parks through their own eyes. I am also surrounded by fellow Disney-loving nurse friends whom I enjoy quick adults-only Disneyland Resort escapes with. Whether you are planning your once-in-a-lifetime family trip or a short adults-only getaway to the Happiest Place on Earth, I am here to help!

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