• On Feb 3, 2020
    Clint from NJ 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.

    When can someone who is not staying on Disney property or a Dining Plan, but has tickets to the parks, make a reservation at a Disney restaurant?


    The great news is that anyone, whether they are staying at a Disney resort or not, whether they are on a Disney Dining Plan or not, can make Advanced Dining Reservation 180 days out.

    While many people who have come to Walt Disney World over the years are used to making those dining reservations over the phone, by far the fastest and easiest way to make reservations now is by using the online reservation feature of the website. When you search on that site it can even show you a range of available times based your group size and preferred time to eat. 

    Another tip to remember is that if you have a child under the age of 3 with you they will will eat free at many of the buffet and family style dining restaurants. But be sure to count them in the number of guests in your party when you make that reservation, so that Disney can arrange for a table that is appropriately sized for your group. 

    Now to the fun part. Where to eat? If you need some restaurant suggestions, write me back directly with some info on what you like, where you will be, and I can offer some ideas on the best places to dine!

    Have a Magical (and delicious) Vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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