Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jun 10, 2011
    Miranda 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.

    I read here that you can book character dining 180 out in advance, so if are going this sept/oct, haven't finalized dates yet, are we outta luck in getting a reservation anywhere at all during the 5 nights we are there probably?

    Hi Miranda! Luck is also known as pixie dust around here, and no, it never runs out! While guests can begin making their dining reservations at Walt Disney World 180 days before their vacations, you don't need to worry that you'll be shut out of character meals completely if you didn't plan that far in advance. You're traveling at a time of year that is not extremely busy, and there are several character meals from which to choose, so I feel confident that you'll be able to have dinner with some of your favorite characters during your vacation, especially if you're flexible about the days and times at which you dine. If you're interested in a particular character meal, you can check availability for various dates now by using the Online Dining Reservation system. If you search for breakfast, lunch, or dinner rather than searching for a specific time, you'll have a better chance at finding available times. I'm heading to Walt Disney World myself in a few days and I'm still making and canceling dining reservations as I firm up my plans, and most restaurants still have several time slots available. Availability at the restaurants is always changing, so if you don't initially find the reservation you desire, keep trying. On several occasions I've called the night before and secured reservations for Chef Mickey's breakfast the next morning!

    If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to visit us again here at the Moms Panel! We're happy to help!  
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I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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