• On Apr 16, 2019
    Richard from ME 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.

    we are going to Mickeys Christmas party 12/8 Sunday...when can I start making dining reservations? we are not staying on property. Also do you think it would be safe to try for a dining reservation around 6pm that night at Crystal Palace ?

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Richard! How exciting to be spending the holidays at Walt Disney World. 

    Advanced Dining Reservations can be made 180 days in advance of the date that you want to reserve, even when you are staying off property. On June 9, at 7am EST, you will be able to begin making dining reservations. Since you will be staying off property, you will need to visit the Disney website each day beginning June 9th to secure dining reservations for your entire visit. 

    In years past, guests who are attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party have been able to enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm. No word has been released yet if this will be allowed this year, but I sure hope Mickey allows this to happen. If guests with tickets to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party are allowed access into the Magic Kingdom beginning at 4pm, securing an Advanced Dining Reservation for 6pm at The Crystal Palace is practically perfect. Enjoying dinner before the party officially begins at 7pm puts you inside the magic right on time. If for some reason early access is not allowed for Mickey's holiday bash, a regular theme park ticket will be required to enter the park for dinner before the party begins. Be sure to check back with us here or the Disney Parks Blog about the specific time that guests will be able to enter the Magic Kingdom. 

    Richard, I would suggest to go ahead and reserve your dining reservations when the date opens and if you need to cancel or modify, you can. 

    Have a holly, jolly magical time at Walt Disney World. Please visit with us again soon if you have more questions.
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