• On Aug 9, 2018
    Leslie from MA 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.

    I am planning a couple of days at Disney for my husband and 4 children that will happen in about 3 months. I am looking for the best recommendations for dining that I will be able to book now. Thanks!

    Hi Leslie,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! My family loves the dining experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort, so this is a fun topic!

    The good news is that you can make dining reservations now given that your trip is approaching in three months. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you can actually make dining reservations 180 days in advance for up to 10 days. This is the strategy we use when trying to make reservations at popular restaurants. Character meals are especially popular, so we always book those first.

    Some of our favorite dining experiences are 'Ohana, Chef Mickey's, The Crystal Palace, Cinderella's Royal Table, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, 1900 Park Fare, 50's Prime Time Café, Coral Reef Restaurant, Be Our Guest Restaurant, The Edison and California Grill. Other places you may want to try are Biergarten Restaurant and Liberty Tree Tavern. There are so many great restaurants in the parks and resorts; it is always hard for us to choose. We make a point to try at least one new restaurant each time we visit!

    Leslie, be sure to check the menu options at each restaurant. From the home page of the restaurant, click on View Menu. I also call to speak to a cast member in dining at 407-939-3463 to get specific pricing for family-style meals or buffets prior to our visit so I know how much each meal will cost. Once I know the meal pricing, I calculate gratuities. If you have not considered a dining plan, I encourage you to consider one. We have found the Disney Dining Plan and the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan to be a good value for our family - we enjoy the drinks, snacks and desserts that are included with the plans as well as the resort refillable mugs. 

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse Hugs,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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