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  • On Apr 27, 2023
    Adrienne from IA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do we have to have a reservation to go to the parks? Say we want to go this Thanksgiving? Do we have a reservation say to Epcot or just make sure we have lodging? We have tickets purchased already.

    Hi Adrienne and welcome to planDisney!

    Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World is such a fun time to visit!  The holiday decorations will be up, which makes walking down Main Street U.S.A. extra magical.  It's my favorite season to visit the parks.  

    Theme Park Reservations are still currently required when visiting any Walt Disney World theme park.  Since you will be visiting during one of the busiest times of the year, I highly recommend making your reservations as soon as possible.  If you already have your tickets purchased and linked to your My Disney Experience account, you can do this now.  After taking a look at the park reservations availability calendar, it appears that the entire Thanksgiving week is available at all of the parks, but that will change the closer we get to November.  If you make your park reservations now and decide to switch up your plans later, you can modify your existing reservations at any time, based on park availability.  

    If you are interested in making Disney dining reservations, you can do so 60 days prior to your arrival.  Certain reservations may be harder to get since it's a busy week at Walt Disney World, so have an idea in mind of where you would like to eat prior to that 60 day opening window.  When we visit EPCOT as a family, we love to eat at Biergarten Restaurant in the Germany Pavilion or Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in the Italy Pavilion.  If you're looking for character dining, Garden Grill Restaurant in The Land Pavilion is such a fun restaurant.  It slowly rotates in a circle and you get to visit with Chip, Dale and their friends.  The cheesy potato casserole at breakfast is so delicious!

    Please stop back by if you have any additional vacation planning questions.

    Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Leslie, Florida

I am a stay-at-home mom and wife from Florida who loves to take advantage of every bit of what Walt Disney World has to offer.  From our wedding to birthdays, my family loves to celebrate any occasion at Disney World.  Learn More About Leslie

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