• On Mar 28, 2017
    Patricia 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.

    What are my options when I don't get a reservation to a restaurant we really wanted?

    Hi, Patricia!

    I am happy to hear that you are planning ahead for your dining. The earlier you start planning, the better!

    When you have a specific restaurant in mind, especially one that might be hard to get (Cinderella's Royal Table or Chef Mickey's) it is important to book as early as possible. Mark your calendar for exactly 180 days from your arrival to begin the booking process.

    If you cannot get the reservation you desire, try a few options such as a different day or changing from lunch to dinner. Sometimes a small shift can make all the difference. If all the dates and times are filled, keep checking. There will be cancellations, so jump on them when there is an opening! 

    Even check "day-of" for a table. You will be surprised how many guests have a change of plans and a table becomes available. You can also try to walk up to the restaurant podium to see if they can accommodate you. I will be honest, I have never had luck going this route as a walk-up, but others have had success, so give it a try.

    Finally, remember that there are over 125 full service restaurants on Walt Disney World property, so hopefully you can find something that your family will enjoy. Try something similar, if needed. For example, try Akershus Royal Banquet Hall if you cannot get Cinderella's Royal Table. Can't get Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater? Then try 50's Prime Time Café. By trying a new location, you just might find a new family favorite!

    Wishing you the best of luck with your dining reservations!

    Cathy
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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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