• On Dec 30, 2017
    Joshua from CA 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 trip to Disney World in May and are inside the 180 day dining reservation time. Almost everything is booked up. Thoughts and advice please.

    Hi, Joshua! For me, traveling to Walt Disney World is almost as much about the food as it is the attractions, so I know how important it is for you to snag reservations for some of the most memorable dining experiences.

    The first thing I think is important is flexibility. When I go to the Walt Disney World Dining webpage, instead of choosing a specific restaurant or a certain time, I put in the date, the number in my party, and the meal we want to eat - breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I can then browse which restaurants are available, and see a window of times I may not have seen if I entered a certain time. It may be that you can do a later or earlier dinner and find a spot available at one of the hot spots at Walt Disney World.

    I'm always looking for something different - off the beaten path. If I'm not having any luck getting into Cinderella's Royal Table, I might still run into the princess of all princesses - Cinderella - at dinner at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian. It may be tougher to get a table for the hoopla at Whispering Canyon Cafe, but I can get some similarly delicious comfort foods at Trail's End Restaurant at Ft. Wilderness.

    Also, check every day. If I'm on a mission for a certain meal, I check as soon as I wake up in the morning, and maybe again another time or two throughout the day. Cancellations happen all the time, and you may find one. 

    Lastly, always check at the restaurant when you're there. They may be able to find a spot for you. 

    Happy dining!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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