• 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.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    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

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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