• On May 9, 2017
    Jna from OH 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.

    Hi, I am planning our Disney vacation for Jan 2018. I have heard lots about prebooking dining reservations. I plan to do this for any character or show dining experiences we want but what about for other dining restaurants? No set time or park, walk in ok?

    Hi Jena,

    Thank you so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. There are so many options for dining at Walt Disney World. I am glad that you are thinking ahead about how to have the best dining experience while on vacation!

    As you plan, I absolutely suggest that you make dining reservations for character dining experiences and dinner shows. These are very popular and can book up quickly, so booking them ahead of time is a good idea. As for other dining experiences, while yes, it is possible that you would be able to walk up to a restaurant and be seated for the meal that you want, at certain times of year and for certain popular restaurants, you might not be able to be seated. Therefore, I like to make at least one dining reservation per day of our Walt Disney World vacations. This way, for one meal each day, I know where we are going to be dining and when we will be dining. Then we remain flexible for our other meals of the day.

    If you decide not to use a reservation that you have made, do be sure to cancel the dining reservation as there is a cancellation fee if you do not show up for a reservation that is on the books.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Jena. Have a wonderful time planning your magical vacation, and please do let us know if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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