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  • On May 23, 2022
    Lois from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    do you need to make meal reservations for places to eat in the Disney parks

    Hey there, hi there, Lois! Welcome!

    The good thing about Walt Disney World is that you can kind of do your vacation your way. You won't ever go hungry if you don't make a dining reservation, but there are certain dining experiences that you may want to make reservations to enjoy.

    Reservations are never "required" when considering one of the many dining experiences at Walt Disney World, but if you know there is a table service restaurant that you want to go to during your visit, it's always better to make a reservation so you aren't disappointed. Some of the more popular restaurants, especially character meals, do tend to book in advance, so there's a chance if you just pop in on the day you want to dine, they may not be able to accommodate you.

    Your best bet, Lois, is to check out which parks you'll be in on which days, and then look to see what restaurants you might want to try. Dining reservations can be made 60 days in advance, and if you are a Disney Resorts Collection hotel guest, you can make them for up to 10 days when that 60-day window opens. Each park has a few table service restaurants that you can book reservations for, so browse the options and book those meals!

    Happy eating, Lois!

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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