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  • On May 30, 2009
    Courtney from SC 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 know Disney restaurants get busy. I made ADR for our favorites for our trip June 7-11. My inlaws like flexibility though and didn't want their whole day scheduled. What are some restaurants that may have shorter wait times at all the parks/resorts?

    Hi Courtney,

    I can understand your dilemma as it is sometimes hard for us to decide what, where and when we would like to eat, an hour before dinner much less ninety days. The Disney restaurants are extremely popular to not only visiting guests, but locals who enjoy the large selection and delicious food. Without advance dining reservations your inlaws will most l;likely find that the most popular locations like Chef Mickey's, LeCellier and Crystal Palace are not available to walk up guests. It never hurts to ask though, as there are occasionally cancellations or openings.

    Some of the locations that we have had last minute success with include Coral Reef, Mama Melrose, Rose and Crown and Tony's. Locations inside the resorts often offer a better selection of openings since they are away from the park crowds. The Epcot Resort area (Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach Club resorts) offer a number of dining locations and you can often find openings at Spoodles, Cape May Cafe, and the ESPN bar. Another great location to try for last minute seating is the Grand Floridian Cafe.

    If your inlaws will only need a seating for two, they will have better luck than a large party and if they are willing to eat early or late, their chances are even better. They can always stop at their resort front desk at any time during their stay to check for availability or make reservations. They can also check with guest relations at any of the parks or  call 407-939-3463 from a cell phone to determine what locations have openings. If they are unable to locate an opening at a desired location, don't forget there are numerous counter service locations that offer delicious food choices with little or no wait.

    Wishing you a great trip, and some open tables!
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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