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  • On Nov 27, 2018
    Heather from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    If there is no available reservations when choosing dining, Can you still be a walk in and wait?

    Hi there, Heather!

    Planning a trip to Walt Disney World is as much about Disney dining experiences as it is about booking your theme park days. It can be frustrating - even disappointing - not to find the reservations you want.

    The answer is maybe. Especially during really busy times, like during Thanksgiving, Christmas, or even spring break seasons, it can be tough to find a restaurant with walk-in availability. The more popular a dining experience is, the harder it will be to get a walk-in spot. 

    Here's what I do. Keep trying. Every day, if you can a couple of times a day, log in and just see if something has opened up. People cancel dining reservations all of the time. As people get closer to their vacations, they may refine their plans, change to a different park, book conflicting FastPass+ attraction selections - any number of reasons can cause a reservation to become available. I always check as soon as I wake up in the morning, and then at least once or twice over the course of the day.

    On the day of, go to the podium as soon as the restaurant opens to see what their availability looks like. The earlier you go, the more likely you are to luck into a cancellation - before other guests start doing the same thing.

    Have a back up plan. Pick out a quick service restaurant you wouldn't mind going to in a pinch, or decide at the last minute to head to whatever table service option is available. You might just stumble into your new favorite restaurant.

    Good luck, Heather!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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