• On Jan 2, 2017
    Joelle from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Do we need diner reservations for the magic kingdom? Or can we use quick service/ counter service? Not staying on property.. but will be at magic kingdom for 2 days

    Hi, Joelle!

    If you plan on enjoying a Table Service meal when visiting the Magic Kingdom, I highly suggest securing a Dining Reservation. Restaurants are often booked to capacity making a "walk-up" very difficult, especially Cinderella's Royal Table inside Cinderella Castle or dining with Pooh and Friends at the Crystal Palace.

    If Quick Service will suit your needs, then you will not need Dining Reservations, and this will certainly afford you more time in your day and flexibility. The good news is that there is such a wonderful variety of Quick Service locations, you will not be stuck eating burgers the entire time. Some of my favorites....

    -Fish and Chips or Clam Chowder at Columbia Harbor House
    -BBQ Ribs or Chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
    -Hummus and chips at Gaston's Tavern
    -Flatbreads or Chicken Caesar Salad at Pinocchio Village Haus

    If you decide last minute to get a Table Service Reservation, have the Disney Parks App downloaded on your phone, and you can check availability and book on your own.  Your other option is to bring snacks with you, as you are permitted to bring a small, soft sided cooler with food (no bottles or alcohol).

    Whatever you decide, enjoy your two glorious days at the Magic Kingdom!

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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

I am a fundraiser/event planner turned stay at home mom. When I am not running to cheerleading practice or a soccer game with my kids, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and of course, planning our next Disney adventure!

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