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  • On Jun 24, 2009
    Melanie 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.

    As I prepare to make reservations for certain dining experiences (Chef Mickeys, Luau, etc), I am wondering if it is difficult to find restaurants for dinner at the parks and/or hotels without a prior reservation?

    Hi Melanie,

    Thanks for writing!  While it may seem like a lot of advanced planning, most Moms on the panel will agree that making dining reservations for the majority (if not all) of the table service meals you would like to share at Disney is a great idea.  Depending upon the time of year you visit, and what promotions Disney is running at the time (i.e., a free dining promotion) securing a table without a reservation can involve a long wait and may, at times, not even be possible.

    Without a doubt, I agree that making ADRs (advanced dining reservations) for dinner shows such as Mickey's Backyard BBQ and The Spirit of Aloha Show (Luau at the Polynesian) is critical, as these are often sold out.  However, I would also recommend taking the time to plan out your additional table service meals as well.  In particular, I would focus on any character meals (breakfasts, lunches and dinners) as these are super popular and are tough to secure walk-up tables.

    During off-peak times, it is certainly possible to walk up and grab a table, however, my feeling is that it never hurts to do some planning to ensure that you have the best Disney dining experience possible!

    Have a wonderful trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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