• On May 17, 2020
    Jeanie from MI 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.

    Making our DDP reservations on 5/24. Park hours & EMH's for our 11/20 stay not available! How can we get those ahead of 5/24, so that we can decide what dining reservations to make based upon park hours? Hoping to see you for Thanksgiving!

    Welcome back to Disney Parks Moms Panel, Jeanie!

    Oh, I absolutely love visiting Walt Disney World over Thanksgiving! There is something special about Autumn at Walt Disney World Resort; it's the magic of Halloween combined with the bounty of Thanksgiving, and the anticipation of the upcoming winter holiday season. You are in for such a treat!

    When I am getting ready to make our Advanced Dining Reservations for an upcoming trip, I do so knowing that those reservations will become available 180 days prior to our arrival, but that details such as Extra Magic Hours, Park Hours, and even Special Events & Tours may not be released yet. Not to worry, though. You might want to make your dining reservations now, then craft your touring plans around them, ensuring that you have a practically perfect in every way day--each day!

    Should details be released later that may have you rethinking your dining selections, head back into Advanced Dining Reservations to see if a different location or time is available that suits your new interests.  If there is, it's super-simple to adjust that reservation to a new location and new time. Keep in mind, though, that if you have a Theme Park Ticket with the Park Hopper Option, you can also stick to your original plans and simply hop on over to the park with later evening hours after you enjoy a great dinner.

    If you are a Guest of a Disney Resort Hotel, you'll be able to make all of your Dining Reservations for the length of your stay (up to 10 days) at that 180 day prior to arrival date. Because of that, I always book the most popular nights during our stay as soon as that 180 day window opens (not in chronological order). For you, that could be Thanksgiving as well as any Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of your stay. In addition, as the holiday approaches, you may see unique Thanksgiving menus added to many locations' typical menus, each one carefully crafted by that location's Executive Chef. For my extended family, a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table meant that those of us who craved the traditional offerings were satisfied. Those who didn't like turkey (I know, right?), were thrilled to have fantastic options.

    Happy planning your visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth, Jeanie! Be sure to send more questions as you think of them, too. We love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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