Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Oct 19, 2013
    Kody from KS 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.

    We planned a last minute trip to Disney World and will be there 11/13. I have tried and can't book any character breakfast or dinners. Is it possible at this point? It made our last trip 4 years ago and wanted the same experience.

    Hi, Kody!

    Been there, done that, too! :-)

    At times like these, be creative, patient and persistent. There may still be a way for you to enjoy some spectacular meals, even some with characters, too!

    Just to see what is still available, I looked for a table for 4 during your stay. The Crystal Palace has room for 4 at 8:40 p.m. on 11/13/13 and Garden Grove has an 8:00 ADR that night as well. On 11/14, Animal Kingdom's Tusker House has a 2:15 lunch and Disney's Hollywood Studios has a 1:45 lunch as well. On 11/15, Hollywood & Vine shows two dinner openings (4:50 and 6:10). On 11/16, The Crystal Palace has an 8:40 dinner and H & V shows two early dinner options, too. On 11/17, 1900 Park Fare has a 9:40 breakfast and Tusker House has two openings for lunch. Garden Grove also has two openings for dinner.

    As Guests change plans, they'll cancel ADRs they made months ago; those ADRs will become available throughout the day, so it's always a good idea to check back in frequently. You might be able to grab one of those openings on the day it becomes available. Either call Disney Dining at (407) WDW-DINE or go onto the website and search for Walt Disney World Dining Options-Character Dining, using your dates of stay and party size. Think outside of the box, too, by accepting lunch as an option or visiting WDW Resort hotels which offer character dining (some Guests don't realize how easy it is to get to every one of those locations by relying on WDW transportation, so they don't go there.)

    Each day, go to the check-in podium at any WDW restaurant and ask the host / hostess if there are any reservations available that day. While there may not be any (weekdays are best), you might have luck snagging an ADR from a Guest who canceled just prior to the 24 hour cancellation window closing.

    Hope this helps! Have a WONDERFUL trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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