Character Dining at Riveria
  • On Mar 30, 2021
    Clinton from SC Asked

    Are there restrictions on Party Size for certain restaurants? We're a large party of 8 and will be coming memorial day week. Want to know if it's a waste of time for certain places like Chef Mickey's if they won't seat a party that size.

    Hi Clinton! Welcome back to planDisney.

    Just hearing the words “large party” makes me smile because some of my very favorite Walt Disney World Resort memories were made during visits with extended family members and friends. You are going to have a fantastic time together!

    As part of the phased reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort, restaurants have had to shift some logistics to safely accommodate diners with physical distancing and other health and safety measures in place. Because of this, larger party reservations have become more difficult to make. My advice is to split into two groups of four when making your dining reservations. You are welcome to call and ask to add a note to your reservations that you are one party of eight and request to be seated together if possible. You may also let your host know this upon check-in. Please note that while they will try to make magic for you, it may not be possible to seat your party together. Having traveled with large groups before, though, it’s never been a big deal when we’ve needed to dine in smaller groups – it’s a nice chance to chat with others you may not have spent as much time with throughout the day.

    If you’re not able to secure every dining reservation you’re wishing for, be sure to check often in the My Disney Experience mobile app. I find that checking specific times rather than windows like “dinner” helps unlock more availability. I also find that dining at “off” times works well – we will often have an early dinner and then enjoy some late-night snacks in the theme parks or our resort hotel room (I also love to enjoy a snack by the pool in the evening – it just feels like a vacation luxury).

    I’m sending pixie-dusted wishes that your dining reservations line up beautifully. If you’re looking for some dining inspiration, we’re sharing our favorite Disney meals in the Panel Extras. I also recommend reading the Disney Parks Blog for all the latest news and updates, including delicious foodie features recommending yummy new snacks, drinks, and treats. Yum!

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
    Robyn
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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