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  • On Mar 31, 2022
    Jessica from NJ 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! I am in the process of planning my family's WDW vacation this summer and was wondering if you would be able to tell me which dining reservations currently require pre-payment at the time of booking? Thank you so much!

    Hey Howdy Hey Jessica and welcome to planDisney! 

    It's always so exciting getting plans together for a trip to Walt Disney World Resort! Glad to hear you are looking into the specifics with dining locations as they can be tough to sort through. I will preface this information with everything is subject to change. There is so much going on right now with reopenings that I will give you what we know as of now and what to look out for in the future. 

    Currently, the only restaurant in Walt Disney World that you have to pre-pay for your reservation is Cinderella's Royal Table in Magic Kingdom. The other one to keep an eye out for would be Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review at the Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. This one, in particular, is not currently open but accepting reservations starting on May 26 for an expected opening date of June 23. This one you did have to prepay for in the past but we will wait and see what happens next month when the reservations open. 

    For all the other locations you do have to put a credit card in when making the reservations which will be charged if you do not show up for a dining reservation or you cancel less than 24 hours from your reservation time. 

    Keep researching the dining options as you still have plenty of time to make your "must-do" list. Advanced dining reservations open 60 days for guests staying onsite at a Disney Resort Collection hotel so make sure you are ready for the big day! 

    One final tip as you are getting your strategy together for making the reservations, character meals fill up fast, so when the day comes, make sure to try and book those first. Don't be afraid to take whatever reservation is out there and keep checking back on your My Disney Experience app to tinker around with the times if you are not able to get the time you want. You would be surprised how much this can change! 

    Good luck with your continued planning and please let us know if you have any further questions. 

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Nick, Ohio

Hey howdy hey, I’m Nick! My happy place will always be Walt Disney World Resort and is where we call “Home”, but we do vacation exclusively in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of the year. My happily ever after is shared with my 3 girls, my beautiful wife and my career in Physical Therapy. I love any excuse to talk about Walt Disney World Resort and am so excited to help you discover the Magic of the Resort. Learn More About Nick

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