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  • On Mar 7, 2019
    Dolores from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are a party of 4 traveling w a 4 1/2 yr old. How do we make lunch or dinner reservations when we are not certain which park or time of day we will be in a park. We are planning on Magic Kingdom / Animal Kingdom & possibly Epcot.

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Dolores!

    Whenever somebody asks me what my number one piece of advice is for planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I tell them that a little bit of advanced planning goes a long way. There are certain things that you're able to reserve in advance when you're planning your vacation, like three FastPass+ selections 30 days before you arrive (60 days if you're staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel), and dining reservations 180 days in advance. For that reason, I suggest that you plan at least these things and build your day around that. Solidify your plans for which theme parks you're going to visit that day, and make your reservations based on those plans. I saw where you were thinking about going, so I would suggest lunch or dinner reservations at Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom Park, Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom, or Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria at Epcot!

    If you're more like Moana and you just want to see where the wind in your sail takes you, you can still have a great day at Walt Disney World Resort. Download and use the My Disney Experience app to see what dining locations have reservations available when you're ready to eat. You can still walk up to any restaurant and ask if they are taking walk-in parties if you're open-minded and flexible about where you want to eat! Of course, you can always have a delicious Quick-Service meal for lunch or dinner wherever you happen to end up, no reservations required.

    I hope this answers your questions, Dolores, and let us know if we can help you any further in planning your magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our two rescue animals. We are Disney-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted-out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World instead! I'm thrilled to be on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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