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  • On Dec 28, 2022
    Andrew from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning to attend Magic Kingdom on 3/2/23. When will we be able to reserve dining options?

    Hiya, Andrew!

    Welcome to planDisney and thanks so much for dropping by with a question about your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort.  I know March might seem far away, but it's going to be here before you know it –– that's why it's great that you're already thinking about all those important planning details that will make your trip practically perfect in every way.  In addition to making your advance dining reservation, I also recommend making your Disney Park Pass reservations as early as possible (remember, you'll need both a theme park reservation and valid admission for each day that you plan to enter one of the four parks).  Since you'll be visiting during the popular Spring Break period, it isn't unusual to see reservations for the parks fill up in advance.  Once you have those in place, you'll be ready to hit the ground running when you arrive at The Most Magical Place on Earth later this Spring. 

    Now, let's talk about my favorite part of the whole Disney vacation-planning process, making your advance dining reservations.  In addition to dreaming up all the delicious meals I'll be enjoying, once that dining reservation window opens, it always makes me feel like the final countdown to my visit is officially on.  In general, you'll be able to make your dining reservations beginning 60 days in advance.  If you'll be arriving at Magic Kingdom Park on March 1, 2023, this means that you can begin making your reservations on December 31, 2022 (just a few days away).

    If you'll be staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel during your visit, don't forget that you'll have a little extra pixie dust headed your way in the dining reservation department.  That's because Resort hotel Guests can begin making their reservations for their entire length of stay (up to 10 days) beginning 60 days before check-in.  Believe me, having that extended booking window can be a huge advantage, especially if you're trying to score a hard-to-get table at popular spots like EPCOT's Space 220 Restaurant. So, if you're planning to stay at a Disney Resort hotel or select other locations, I definitely recommend making the most of that extended booking window. 

    While we're talking about dining, I have one more thing I want to share with you.  Walt Disney World recently updated its dining cancellation policy –– while in the past, reservations needed to be canceled more than 24 hours in advance to avoid a fee, Guests can now cancel reservations up to 2 hours ahead of their scheduled dining time without a penalty.  As a mom of small kids, I know just how quickly plans can change (especially with tired little ones in tow), so I love the flexibility that this new change offers to Guests. So rest assured, if you book a reservation and you need to adjust your itinerary, you won't have to stress about canceling the same day –– how cool is that?

    Thanks so much for visiting planDisney, Andrew. I hope this helped to answer your question, but please don't hesitate to visit us again if you need more information or think of new questions.  Here's to a Walt Disney World Resort visit that's filled with delicious dishes from start to finish!

    See Ya Real Soon,
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