• On Dec 1, 2018
    David from MI 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.

    Do you have to make a reservation to eat anywhere at Walt Disney world or only certain places

    Hi, David! Thanks for returning to the Disney Parks Moms Panel with another great question. 

    The very first time I visited the Walt Disney World Resort, I didn’t make a single dining reservation! At that time, I had no idea that dining required such advanced planning. Now I know it is a necessity to make dining reservations 180 days in advance. However, this only applies to table service restaurants (where you are seated and a server waits on you). For any quick or counter service restaurants, advanced reservations cannot be made and those options all serve Guests on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    Making advanced dining reservations all depends on your dining preferences and what kind of experiences you want to enjoy. My family prefers to sit down for dinner almost every night and I like to book at least one character meal per trip. You can filter the “Dining” page by “Reservations Accepted” under the “Dining Experience” menu to see the multitude of table service options available. You can then make dining reservations online or by calling (407) 939-1947. 

    If quick service is more your style, then you might want to explore options that have Mobile Order available. Using Mobile Order on your My Disney Experience app will allow you to order your meals from anywhere in the park. Then when you are ready to dine, tap the button to alert the restaurant to freshly prepare your meal. You will then pick up your food at a designated Mobile Order window without waiting in line. Mobile Order will save you oodles of time!

    I hope this clarifies things for you. Have a wonderful time at the Most Magical Place on Earth!

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Meet the Panelist: Linda, Colorado

Hi there! I'm Linda from Colorado. The Disneyland Resort has always held a special place in my heart and now I enjoy Disney Parks vacations with my own family at least once a year. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a wonderfully silly daughter together. I love sharing my Disney Parks knowledge with anyone and everyone and I'm so excited to help you plan your next Disneyland Resort adventure! Learn More About Linda

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