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  • On Jun 23, 2009
    James from PA 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.

    Can my party of five still be seated in a restaurant that is no longer taking advanced dinner reservations? Can I just show up at the restaurant and be seated? If so, generally how long is the wait?

    Hi, James!  This is a bit tricky to answer, because there is always a chance that you will luck into a table at a restaurant that was no longer taking reservations.  There is always the possibility that someone will be a no-show, or they will have a last minute cancellation that results in an open table.  Some restaurants will tell you that just don't have any openings, others will offer to allow you to wait, but I expect that already know a table will be opening up within a reasonable amount of time that they can offer you.  No one wants to see hungry people waiting too long for a table!

    I recommend that you continue to make daily phone calls to the Walt Disney World dining reservation line at 407-WDW-DINE, even up to the day you wish to dine at a particular restaurant.  Also, go as early as you can to the podium at the restaurant you wish to enjoy to see if they might have an open table later in the day.  We've had some success doing that at Crystal Palace.

    I hope you are able to enjoy some of the wonderful Walt Disney World dining!  If the restaurant you want is unavailable, feel free to ask the reservations agent to make a suggestion about a restaurant that might be able to accommodate you.  We've been introduced to some excellent dining experiences this way!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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