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  • On May 11, 2022
    Rhiannon from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! We're planning our vacation to Disney World in June. How can we schedule a character experience if there are no times available? The same question applies to Savi's workshop. We want to build a lightsaber, but there are no times available.

    Hey there, Hi there Rhiannon!

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. Your Walt Disney World vacation will be here before you know it, so hopefully I can give you some suggestions to help make it as magical as possible.

    I'm sorry to hear that you are having trouble making reservations to the character dining locations that you were hoping for. Right now there are only a handful of restaurants with characters, and as you can imagine, they are extremely popular. They often fill up 60 days in advance. Don't give up all hope though. Guests often change their plans and end up cancelling reservations. Keep checking back as often as possible. You may end up with that coveted reservation as your vacation gets closer. I don't know how large your party is, but I did see a 3:00 PM lunch reservation at Garden Grill Restaurant in EPCOT for your arrival day. In the past I've had a lot of luck getting a same day reservation to Tusker House Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom, or even using the walk up list.  So all hope is not lost.

    In the meantime, there are plenty of other restaurants that are both fun and delicious, even if they don't feature characters. Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney's Wilderness Lodge is one of our family's favorite dining locations. There are also some fantastic restaurants around World Showcase in EPCOT that are fun, delicious, and usually have available dining times. 

    But what about characters? There are still a lot of opportunities to see your favorite characters. You can meet Mickey at Town Square Theater in Magic Kingdom or at Red Carpet Dreams in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Princess Tiana, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Elena greet guests all day long at Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom. Anna and Elsa have their own Royal Sommerhus in EPCOT. These are just a few of the many locations where you'll have an opportunity to interact with your favorite Disney characters.

    Like character dining, getting into Savi's Workshop can also be a challenge. Everyone wants to build their own lightsaber. My best advice is to keep trying. Again, guests change their plans and end up having to cancel. You may find that a reservation opens up on the morning of your Disney's Hollywood Studio visit. You can also speak to a cast member and see if there are any walk up reservations available.  

    Hope this helps a little. I'm sending some virtual pixie dust and hoping the Force will be with you as you try to make these magical moments happen.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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