• On Jul 27, 2018
    Lisa from MD 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.

    Hi Panel!! We just booked our trip for WDW 12/16/18-12/21/18 and I am so excited. We are traveling with a party of 8 and I am having difficulty making ADR for all of us. Should I make 2 separate res. and request to seat together? Thanks for your help!

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for posting your question about dining at Walt Disney World Resort. My friends and I here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel could chat for days about the wonderful restaurants and snacks at The Most Magical Place on Earth.

    As the lead chaperone for an annual senior trip at the school where I teach, I am regularly making advance dining reservations for groups of 12 - 18. I have found that sometimes it is necessary to split the group in half or thirds to secure a dining reservation for the desired time frame. Then, when we check in at the restaurant, my group arrives 15-20 minutes early and alerts the host or hostess that we are actually multiple groups and wish to be seated together. We let them know we are willing to wait a bit longer than normal if being seated together is a possibility. In most cases, the helpful Cast Members find us tables near each other. It's good to keep in mind, however, that this is sometimes not possible. That's the downside of breaking your party up into multiple reservations.

    Might I suggest another possibility? Call (407) WDW-DINE, or (407) 939-3463, and speak to one of the Cast Members about your advance dining reservations. I have found that they often have a broader view of the reservation system and may be able to suggest alternative times or restaurants that could more effectively accommodate your party of eight.

    Meanwhile, here are some restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort that I have found can accommodate large groups nicely:

    Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
    The Plaza Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park
    'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
    Biergarten in Epcot
    Boma at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
    Trattoria al Forno along Disney's BoardWalk

    I'll keep my fingers crossed that you'll be able to dine where you wish.

    Best wishes,

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Meet the Panelist: Jill, New Jersey

Lesson plans, college plans, vacation plans...as a teacher, college counselor, and incurable Disney fan I find myself constantly planning.  I love to share advice with friends who have yet to experience all that Walt Disney World has to offer! Learn More About Jill

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