• On Jan 17, 2008
    Rebecca from TX 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're planning our first trip to Disney wWorld and I was wondering about dining. Can you exchange the table service on the dining plan for counter service or are there table services that do not require a reservation?

    You can not exchange table service meals with counter service meals.  If you think that you won't use all of your table services, you may want to reconsider getting the dining plan.  Due to the popularity of the dining plan, many table service establishments book up really early.  I have found that if I call 407-WDW-DINE often enough I usually get into the restaurants I want.  Since we don't book 180 days in advance we end up eating either early (5pm) or late (7:30).  

    Here's an example from a trip earlier this year.  We had reservations for lunch at a table service restaurants in Epcot and changed our mind and now wanted to spend the day in Hollywood Studios.  Around 10am I called 407-WDW-DINE and explained our situation.  I said we were open to any restaurant at any time as long as it was within Hollywood Studios.  We got reservations at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater for 2:30.  We grabbed a bag of pretzels and fruit cup around noon and had a fun lunch at 2:30. 

    In the words of Mrs. Pots, "it will all work out in the end, you'll see"
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I have been fortunate enough to be on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel since 2008.  As a Disney World enthusiast, I can’t imagine a greater opportunity.  My husband, our 6-year-old daughter, and I visit WDW a few times a year. 

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