• On Sep 3, 2016
    Khryste from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We're planning a last minute WDW trip in October and it seems really full. We were unable to get dinner reservations for 'Ohana's during our trip but would really like to go anyway. Do they hold any openings for walk-ups?

    Hi Khryste, 

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for asking us a question.

    The secret seems to be out: October is one of the best times of the year to visit Walt Disney World Resort for (slightly) cooler temperatures, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, to name a few fun Fall events!

    While restaurants don’t hold tables for “walk-ups” at Walt Disney World Resort you’ll likely still get to feast at ‘Ohana during your next visit. You just have to be armed with a bit of pixie dust, a willingness to eat at off-peak times, and a whole lotta patience! 

    First, keep checking to see whether another Guest has cancelled a dining reservation that you can snap up. While there isn’t a specific time of day that is better than others in terms of picking up cancelled dining reservations, I’ve found that logging on first thing in the morning is when I have the most luck.

    My biggest tip would be to check availability 24-48 hours before the day that you’d like to dine in a given Walt Disney World restaurant. That’s when LOTS of dining reservations get cancelled in order to avoid being charged a no-show fee pursuant to each individual restaurant’s cancellation policy. I’ve been able to find a table at ‘Ohana the day before I wanted to dine there, so don’t give up!

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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