Christmas at resorts
  • On Mar 10, 2022
    Deborah from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do I have to place character dining reservation when I purchase park tickets? I'm traveling with a group of 20 people. Trying to see what is the best way now to reserve dining and theme park tickets.

    Welcome to planDisney Deborah!

    It sounds like you are planning an amazing visit to Walt Disney World this holiday season. Enjoy all the decorations and festivities of the season throughout the theme parks and resorts. 

    When booking your vacation, you will need to do a few steps to complete the process. First, you will want to check Theme Park Availability for your travel dates. If you find your dates are available, you can purchase your Theme Park Tickets, linking a ticket to each guest in your travel party. With a large party of 20, I would have each "family" book their own then you can link together with Family & Friends.

    After booking your tickets, you can make your Theme Park Reservations. Around the holidays, some dates may sell out so secure your dates. These dates can be modified (based on availability) and changed if needed. 

    When you are 60 days out, you can book your Dining Reservations. With such a large party, I suggest booking at exactly the 60 days, and break into 3 smaller parties. This will give you the best shot at getting all of you seated at the same time, even if not at one large table. You can save the big giant table for when you are at a Quick Service location or your resort's food court when this will be easier to accomplish.

    So what else to put on your "to-do" list? Plan on something fun like matching shirts and get that perfect group photo at one of the theme parks. Stop at Guest Relations and you can all pick-up Celebration Buttons to celebrate your wonderful gathering. Whatever you do, make it fun!

    Wishing you a magical visit to Walt Disney World!


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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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