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  • On Jan 19, 2010
    Tina from WI 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.

    We are planning our 1st family trip to WDW in December - I know we need to make dinner reservations way ahead of time but is there anywhere to find out which parks have the extra hours each day? Don't want to waste time travelling btw parks.

    Hi Tina!

    I am so excited for you and your family!  Planning a Disney vacation is a lot of fun!  You are correct, it is a good idea to book dining reservations as early as you can.  Disney allows dining reservations to be made up to 180 days in advance.  

    The calendar for the park hours and extra magic hours for December is not available yet.  Right now Disney is only showing park hours until August.  So check back with us in May and you will find what you're looking for.  

    To find the daily hours and extra magic hours for each park just go to the Disney website ( at the top of the screen you will see the PLAN heading.  Point to it and a screen will drop down with the heading "Plan your Walt Disney World Vacation".  On the right of that screen you will see a list of the parks.  Click on a park you are interested in visiting and a calendar will appear with the park hours and extra magic hours for the month of December.  If you click on a day of the week you are planning on visiting that park the scheduled times for the parades and fireworks for that day will appear as well.

    Making dining reservations can be done one of two ways.  You can do it on line on the Disney website. The link for dining reservations is located under the "BOOK" heading.  Or you can call (407)WDW-DINE.

    Being your first time at Disney you will want to pick up a free "1st time at Disney pin" for you and your family.  You can pick up these pins at guest relations in all of the parks.

    Have a magical time and happy planning!  
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Meet the Panelist: Dorothy, Ontario

I am Dorothy from Dundas, Ontario Canada. I am a strong believer that vacationing is a great way to create a close-knit family. There is no better place to achieve this than a trip to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Dorothy

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