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  • On Mar 29, 2022
    Danette from MO Asked

    I have resort reservations for Saratoga Springs from May 9-18. I have been trying to make dining reservations at the different parks with almost no sucess. Are all the restaurants full or am I doing something wrong? Our party is 7. Is that a problem?

    Hello Danette,

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. May will be here before you know it and so will your magical vacation! 

    I know it can be frustrating to try to make dining reservations at your favorite restaurants only to see time and time again that there are no available times. Yes, many of the restaurants you want to go to could be full already, especially if you are looking for reservations at some of the most popular restaurants like Chef Mickey's, Space 220 Restaurant, or Cinderella's Royal Table.

    One option is to split your party in two and try to get smaller reservations for the same time. I have had success with that in the past, but splitting up your party means trying to get double the amount of reservations booked. Let's save that for a last resort.

    First, do you know it's easy to see all of the restaurants available for your party size on any given date using your My Disney Experience App? If you don't already have the app, you'll want to do that first. Once you're in the app you'll see a "+" with a circle around it right in the bottom center of the screen. Click that and select "Check Dining Availability." Enter your party size, and select a specific date (you can swipe left to access future months). Next select a meal type (breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner) or a specific time and you'll be shown a list of all the restaurants that have availability for that date and time. When I tried to find dinner times for a party of 7 on May 9, there were several options, but they were all quite late in the evening, which may not work if you have young children. However, there were also several lunch options, so maybe you might want to consider having a large sit down meal in the middle of the day, and then enjoying a counter service meal or tasting your way around the Outdoor Kitchens at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival in the evenings.

    Hope this helps. Have a magical vacation!
    Diane
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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