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  • On Jan 2, 2012
    Mary Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How can I know ahead of time when to make a reservation for Chef Mickey that would not interfere with bonus hours at the parks? I'd hate to miss the extra time due to meal reservations???

    Hi there, Mary!

    You'll definitely want to check out the official Parks calendars on the Walt Disney World Web site. There are two ways to do this:

    1  The "10 days out calendar" allows you to view hours in all of the Parks for ten days, starting with any date you select. This calendar indicates which Parks have morning and evening Extra Magic Hours (EMH).

    2. Each Park has its own month-view calendar, on which you can see event times as well as operating hours, closure, event times, and EMH. Those calendars are found, again, on the official Disney site; you'll need to go to each Park-specific page and use the navigation bar on the left for the 'Calendar' section.

    Once you have your calendars pulled up, use another browser window to visit the Dining and Reservations center -- or call (407) WDW-DINE. Then you can compare and contrast reservation availability with the hours you wish to be in the Parks.

    Have a wonderful trip!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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