• On Mar 12, 2010
    Rachel from AL 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.

    We are taking our first trip to Disney World in April. Can't decide where to make dining reservations, is it necessary to do this?

    Hi Rachel,

    The first trip is so exciting, but planning it can seem overwhelming!  After you get back, you'll feel much more prepared to plan that second trip :)

    Although it's difficult to imagine all of the table service restaurants being booked, trust me when I tell you that it will not be easy to get into one without a reservation.  Often the wait to be seated will be 90 minutes or more.  Waiting for a table with tired, hungry children is not my idea of a magical vacation.  So I highly recommend making a few reservations at table service restaurants.  You can always call to cancel as your plans change.

    I'm listing a few of my favorites in or near each park to help you get started:

    • Magic Kingdom: Crystal Palace (character meal w/Winnie the Pooh), 'Ohana for dinner at the Polynesian, Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge, Chef Mickey's (character breakfast with Mickey and friends) at Contemporary Resort.
    • Epcot: Garden Grill (character meal w/Chip and Dale), Biergarten in Germany Pavilion, Teppan Edo in Japan Pavilion.
    • Hollywood Studios: 50s Prime Time Cafe, Mama Melrose's, Hollywood and Dine cafe for breakfast if you have little Playhouse Disney fans in the family.
    • Animal Kingdom: Tusker House for a character breakfast with Donald and friends.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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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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