Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Oct 30, 2013
    Jennifer from TX 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 opted for a dining plan and are worried that we will be relegated to counter service for the trip because we didn't know to make reservations 6 months ago. Can we still eat at sit-down restaurants even though no reservations are available?

    Hi Jennifer!

    Most of Disney World's Table Service restaurants require an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR), however it may not be too late. 

    You can call 407-WDW-DINE to see if there are any available timeslots still available. You may want to try some of the off-the-beaten path restaurants for more luck in scoring a reservation.

    I recommend:

    Boma at Animal Kingdom
    Kona Cafe at Polynesian
    Citricos at Grand Floridian
    Trails End at Fort Wilderness Cabins
    Restaurant Marrakesh in Morocco Pavilion in Epcot


    You may be able to try to get a seat at one of these restaurants the day of without an ADR, but it's highly unlikely. During our last vacation I saw many guests visiting the podium at various restaurants throughout all of the parks and I didn't see one personally successfully get a table without an ADR. But, people cancel reservations up until the day prior to their vacation, so you should be able to still get ADRs prior to your trip.

    Magically,
    Stacy
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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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