• On Sep 7, 2018
    Marlene from IN 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.

    When making dinner reservations as a resort guest, will the 180+ days automatically show up as available on the calendar when I am logged into My Disney Experience? Or will I need to do anything special? Any help or insight is appreciated. Thank you.

    Hi Marlene,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It sounds like you are gearing up to make advanced dining reservations for a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. That is a happy time in our household!

    The dining reservation system will automatically allow you to make your reservations on the day your reservation window opens. I keep an eye on the countdown indicator in My Disney Experience. To check, click on the My Disney Experience icon in the top right of the Walt Disney World homepage. You should then see how many days you have until your Walt Disney World vacation.

    Before that magical day arrives, I map out all of our dining plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner so that I know which reservations I need to make. I also make the most popular reservations first - Be Our Guest Restaurant and Cinderella's Royal Table are two that I book immediately. Since we love to do pre-park opening dining reservations, I also book those first because I prefer to make them at 8:00 a.m on days that the parks do not have early morning Extra Magic Hours. Once I make all of the reservations, we typically have some modifications to make later as we finalize plans for the trip.

    Marlene, if you are making dining reservations for a large group, you may need to call Disney Dining at 407-939-1947. Otherwise, you should be all set to make your reservations online once your time is here!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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