• On Sep 29, 2016
    Kristy from NY 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 just received booking confirmation of our trip in December 2016. I went to make dining restaurants and everywhere my son asked to go is totally booked. Is there anything I can do?? Any advice is appreciated!

    Hi Kristy, 

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for asking us a question! I’m so sorry you weren’t able to make the dining reservations that your son requested…

    … yet! Yes, I said “yet” because there’s still a very good chance you’ll be able to eat at some, if not all, of the restaurants on his list. Plans change all the time, so keep checking to see whether another Guest has cancelled a dining reservation that you can snap up. While there isn’t a specific time of day that is better than others in terms of picking up cancelled dining reservations, I’ve found that logging on first thing in the morning is when I have the most luck.

    My best tip for you, however, would be to check availability 24-48 hours before the day that you’d like to dine in a given Walt Disney World restaurant. That’s when LOTS of dining reservations get cancelled in order to avoid being charged a cancellation fee pursuant to each individual restaurant’s cancellation policy. I’ve found from experience that reservations often start popping up a week beforehand, so that’s definitely when I would start checking availability more regularly. For example, I’ve been able to find a table at Be Our Guest Restaurant the day before I wanted to dine there, so it’s definitely still possible for you to eat in some of the most popular restaurants. All you need is a bit of luck and a whole lot of patience! 

    Good luck and please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions.

    Have a Magical Day, 
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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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