• On May 21, 2019
    Andrea from NJ 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.

    When planning our day, how long should we block for table service dining at the parks (assuming we have ADRs)?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Andrea! I’m so happy to hear that you’re planning a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort! Thanks for stopping in with your question about making advance dining reservations.

    I like to give my family at least a 2-hour window when we make reservations for table service restaurants. Factoring more time in to your meal is especially important if you plan a character meal. You never want to feel rushed when you’re dining with your favorite Disney Princesses at Cinderella’s Royal table at the Magic Kingdom Park or Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot!

    Andrea, remember that you can start making your dining reservations 180-days before your magical visit. Make sure to link those reservations to your My Disney Experience account, so that you can manage your plans via your My Disney Experience app on your smartphone. 

    It’s important to give yourself enough time to arrive and check-in for your meal. My family and I just visited this weekend and it took us about an hour to get from the Epcot parking area to our reservation at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in the Italy World Showcase Pavilion for dinner. (You have to factor in the security check and walking to your restaurant, which can take a little while if there are a lot of visitors out and about.)

    I hope this information is helpful to you as you continue planning your trip. Feel free to come back to see us if you have any more questions. Helping you with the details of your next magical visit is our pleasure!

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Meet the Panelist: Veronica, Florida

Hello from South Florida!  My name is Veronica.  I'm a wife and mother to two amazing girls.  I'm a bilingual journalist turned stay-at-home mom.  My first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort was at the ripe age of two and I've had the pleasure of visiting every year since!  Now as an adult, I plan my family's fun and memorable vacations.  As a planDisney Panelist, I look forward to helping you craft your magical experience!  Learn More About Veronica

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