Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Oct 15, 2009
    Jennifer from IA 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.

    Love the panel :) what is the best method for making dining reservations:phone vs internet and about how long should I expect it take to make reservations on 10/27 for 6 days. I have never made reservations before so even an average time would be helpful

    Hi Jennifer,

    Although I know a number of friends who like using the online reservation system, I personally prefer to speak to a Cast Member on the phone. I like the interaction and the ability to ask questions and get feedback on availability. I also find the phone system faster that the online system. The Cast Members are able to quickly and easily scan available times and locations and offer alternative choices if needed. The other drawback can be the speed of your computer. Depending on how old your computer is or what type of connection you are using, your computer may actually slow down while retrieving your options. In this time, you could lose a reservation you wanted.

    The phone lines open at 7am EST and reservationist can be reached by calling 407-939-3463. There may be a wait depending on when you call, but once you reach a Cast Member, the actual process of making reservations is fairly quick. You will need to supply some basic information like your name, arrival date and reservation number as well as party size and ages of any children. Once the basic information is entered the first time, the Cast Member can quickly make your reservations based on availability.

    Not figuring in any time waiting for your call to be answered, I can usually book a week worth of reservations within ten to fifteen minutes. Be sure to be prepared with your list of choices as well as some alternated in the event a spot is filled.

    Good luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

I'm Margaret, a busy wife, mom to 3 sons, & full time paralegal. I've been visiting Disney World for twenty years & still can't wait for my next visit.  I hope that I can help other families experience the magic that our family finds in every trip. Learn More About Margaret

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