Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Sep 8, 2014
    Erika from OH 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 did not sign up for the dining plan this time. I do wonder what sit-down restaurants on the property do NOT require reservations? I didn't worry about making any since I wanted to no restrictions for meals, but would like to know our options (if any).

    Hi Erika,

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. Few of the restaurants at Walt Disney World require reservations, though it is often difficult -- especially during busy times of the year -- to get a seat in many of the popular locations without one.

    That being said, you are fortunate to be visiting during a time of the year when crowds are traditionally lighter. If you don't want to make reservations, I suggest visiting a table-service restaurant outside of the prime dining time period (mid- to late afternoon, later in the evening, late morning) to have a better chance at getting a seat as a walk-up. Because we live close by, my family often visits on the spur of the moment. We've had success a number of times finding an off-hours table on one of our favorite restaurants without a reservation.

    Just to be clear, you do not have to be on the dining plan to make advanced dining reservations. The reservation system is open to all guests, regardless of where they are staying or whether or not they are participating in the Disney Dining Plan.

    I hope that helps. Please don't hesitate to write back if I can offer any other assistance. Dining is one of my favorite Disney activities, so I'm always ready to make recommendations. Enjoy!

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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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