• On Jan 4, 2018
    Hannah from TN 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.

    Is there a list of places to eat is Disney Parks that you don’t have to make reservations for? I’ve been told you have to make them for everywhere but last time I went we never made them to eat. So is there a list of places that you can go without reserva

    Hi Hannah! This is a great question because you're right, it's often heard "If you don't make dining reservations as soon as you book your vacation, you'll starve!"

    The tradition of waking up at 0'dark:30 to make dining reservation 180 days before you step inside Walt Disney World Resort goes back to before I was born. However, dining at Disney has improved so much thanks to My Disney Experience. You're literally able to "look and book" dining reservations any time, from anywhere, all across Walt Disney World Resort.

    Rest assured that if you don't book dining reservations now, you'll still have plenty of options without needing to pack a backup emergency sandwich. Counter service restaurants, culturally authentic kiosks, even food trucks - there truly is something for everyone. New dining options are constantly introduced, and all locations are listed on the Dining page.  You can even filter your search to show only non-reservation Quick Service options by checking the "counter service" and "fast casual" boxes.

    Also note that most Table Service restaurants do hold a number of tables each day for walk-up guests. Stop by first thing in the morning to check if there are any openings, or sometimes you can find open tables within the My Disney Experience app. We like to play "what dining options are open later today" as a way to pass time while standing in an attraction queue. And we once walked-up to Cinderella's Royal Table and were seated within 20 minutes. You never know what will open up!
    I hope you find some great options that get you even more excited for your upcoming vacation, Hannah, and we'll see you real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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