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  • On May 10, 2022
    Kathy from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have a party of 12 coming to Disney World in September 2022. I plan on making all of our dining reservations exactly 60 days out from our trip. With a party this large is it best to make the dining reservations online or over the phone?

    Hiya Kathy,

    Welcome to planDisney! I’m super glad that you brought your question to us today. Planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation for a group of 12 is quite the adventure, but you have certainly come to the right place. When I visit Walt Disney World, food is always my first priority! My lifelong goal is to experience every table service location on property. Thus far, I have eaten at over 20 table service locations, so I have a lot of recommendations and favorites.

    Although My Disney Experience and the My Disney Experience mobile app both allow you to make reservations for parties with up to 20 Guests, it is not the smoothest process in my experience. Since your dining party is so large, I would recommend calling a Cast Member at (407)-939-7529 the morning your window for advanced dining reservations opens. It is also important to note that depending on the dining location, your reservation may need to be split into multiple groups for the same dining time (or within 15 minutes of each one). I know you would prefer everyone to be seated together, but unfortunately, this is the only way to ensure everyone can dine at specific locations. You can request to be seated together as a group when you arrive at the location by speaking with the Cast Member. If the Cast Member and the location are able to accommodate that request, they will do so, but there is no guarantee. My last tip for you is that before calling a Cast Member to make reservations, please make sure to have your restaurant choices, dates, and times written down. It is a lot easier for them to help you if you have a mocked-up preference list to share. I also recommend having at least three options per mealtime due to the popularity of table service dining locations. There are a lot of choices so take some time browsing the menus and generating your wish list before you make the call.

    I hope you can secure all of your dining reservations for your September trip! I know that it will be spectacular no matter where you choose to dine. If there is anything else we can help you with (including dining recommendations), please come back and see us!

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, North Carolina

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in North Carolina. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our annual passes. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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