• On Dec 28, 2021
    Gilbert from LA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We're making dinner reservations at the same time as another party that will be at Disney at the same time as us. Is there a way for us to combine our reservations in order to sit together? Or do we inform the hostess once we're at the restaurant.

    Hey there, hi there, ho there, Gilbert! Thank you for coming to planDisney with a dining question, they are my favorite!

    Making dining reservations for a larger party has become quite a challenge. You did everything right by making separate reservations for your two families. When you get to the restaurant, simply notify the Cast Member at check-in that your parties are together, and you’d prefer to sit together. They will try their best to accommodate you. 

    When we were at Walt Disney World in October, I was able to secure a reservation for 4 for Olivia’s Café at Disney's Old Key West Resort for dinner, while my friend was able to also get a reservation there for 5 people. We wanted all nine people to dine together, and our reservations were about 10 minutes apart. The cast members were fantastic! Not only did we not really wait any longer, but we also had a fabulous table for 9 in the back room where there was only one other table occupied. It felt like a private dining experience. 

    When making reservations, I have often found that some of my favorites that are outside the theme parks are easier to book. Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has a fabulous bison burger for lunch or delicious skillets for breakfast. Boma – Flavors of Africa inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has the BEST breakfast buffet, perfect for a day that you’re headed to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Trattoria al Forno on the Boardwalk never disappoints and is a quick walk from EPCOT or a boat or Skyliner ride from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

    We also were able to book many reservations for our favorites while ON our vacation. So, if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying! I snagged Steakhouse 71 for a lovely dinner, as well as Toppolino’s dinner another night on a recent visit to Walt Disney World. Cancellations happen ALL the time. 

    I hope you have a wonderful visit in less than two months to The Most Magical Place on Earth. 

    Happy Traveling (& eating!),
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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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