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  • On Jul 15, 2023
    Emily from TN 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 you have to be staying at the resorts or the theme parks to enjoy Advanced dining reservations or Enchanted extra reservations?

    Hi Emily,

    Keep those magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation-planning questions coming! I've had advance dining reservations on my mind this week, as well. I can't start booking for my January visit for several months, but it's never too early to dream. My son would really like his taste buds to blast off at Space 220 Restaurant in EPCOT and I've been craving the Fried Chicken at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' in Disney Springs. Disney thrills don't always involve attractions!

    I'm pleased as Pluto to share you do not have to be staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel to make dining reservations or book Enchanting Extras Collection experiences in advance. In fact, you don't even have to have a theme park ticket at the time of booking, though valid admission is required to redeem an in-park reservation.

    Advance reservations for dining can be made online 60 days in advance. A new day of reservations typically goes live at 6:00 a.m. Advance reservations for many Enchanting Extras Collection experiences, such as Bibbibi Bobbidi Boutique at Magic Kingdom Park and Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Parties, are available beginning at midnight 60 days in advance. In my experience, the early bird (or night owl, as the case may be) finds the most availability. 

    As Jonathon shared, Guests staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel can book for their entire length of stay (up to 10 days) 60 days before check-in. All other Guests may book as each day reaches the 60-day mark. If availability for your desired restaurant or experience is not available, just keep trying. Reservation availability changes in real-time as Guests are constantly reimagining their park days.

    I hope this information helps make your reservation dreams come true, Emily. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly with any follow-up questions.

    Choose magic,

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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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