• On Jun 12, 2016
    Greeidy from Fl Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I want to plan a visit to the princess boutique and Cinderella's castle. This trip is for Dec. and it is 180 days right now and the castle shows not available. When or how is the best time or way to book for this restaurant?

    Hi Greeidy, 

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for asking us a question. I’m sorry you weren’t able to get a reservation to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table for your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort, but don’t lose hope. The key word in my last sentence is “yet”! I often plan my family’s trips to Walt Disney World Resort well after our trip’s 180-day reservation window has opened. This has made it more difficult for us to dine at places like Cinderella’s Royal Table… but difficult doesn’t mean impossible! 

    My first recommendation would be to keep checking in the coming days to see whether any additional tables have been released into the system. Sometimes, the restaurant’s full inventory isn’t released immediately, while final tweaks are made to Parks hours and due to other variables. 

    Even if you don’t manage to get a table right now, keep checking to see whether another Guest has cancelled a dining reservation that you can snap up. While there isn’t a specific time of day that is better than others in terms of picking up cancelled dining reservations, I’ve found that logging on first thing in the morning is when I have the most luck.

    The best tip, however, would be to check availability 24-48 hours before the day that you’d like to dine in a given Walt Disney World restaurant. That’s when LOTS of dining reservations get cancelled in order to avoid being charged a no-show fee pursuant to each individual restaurant’s cancellation policy. I’ve found from experience that reservations often start popping up a week beforehand, so that’s when I would start checking availability more regularly. 

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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