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  • On Oct 8, 2023
    Debra from CA 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 a family celebration in January. We have our tickets and hotel reservations and are looking for dining reservations now. How can we book reservations for lagrger groups?

    Happy New Year a little early, Debra, and welcome to planDisney! How exciting to start 2024 with your family at Disneyland Resort. Visiting with a large group is one of my favorite ways to enjoy the theme parks, so let's talk about that essential aspect of any vacation: food!

    You must be a fabulous planner to already have your Theme Park Tickets and hotel reservations for January. Let's take a moment to appreciate the feeling of checking those off your list!

    As you probably know, you can start making dining reservations 60 days before arrival. Although the exact time bookings open can vary, I suggest setting your alarm and trying early. I always have my Mickey mug full of steaming coffee so that I can log in with the sunrise!

    I'm not sure how large your group is, but when I'm planning a visit with eight or more people, I usually recruit another person in my party to help secure our dining reservations. It's much easier to find tables for four than eight, so if you can ask others to make reservations, you'll have a better chance of getting what you want. Remember, each guest can only have one dining reservation per meal period. 

    My tip is to choose your top restaurants and determine the table sizes you'll need. You can try booking reservations as close together as possible and then check in at the restaurant early to request seating near each other. I've found that they will do their best to accommodate you, but remember that could vary depending on how busy they are. 

    Another tip is to be on a live chat or phone call when making those dining reservations. I recently did this with three other friends, and being able to make quick decisions was imperative. 

    My pal Aena recently answered a similar question and offered some restaurant options for large groups. Check out her suggestions, and I hope you find some fabulous food for your family!

    Debra, I'm sprinkling pixie dust and alarm clocks so you will secure some delectable dining for your New Year's visit. Please stop by planDisney anytime. I'll be counting down the seconds!

    Magic awaits,
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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