• On Sep 7, 2019
    Rachel from LA 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 my 3 1/2 year for her first Disney trip at the end of October this year. I have never stressed too hard about reservations for dining since it was always just a party of two. Now, I am! Do most restaurants have walk in spots available?

    Hi Rachel,

    It makes my heart so happy to hear that you'll soon be bringing your princess to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for her first visit! You're absolutely going to LOVE sharing the magic with her and seeing the wonder through her eyes. It will be such a special trip, and you're going to make memories that you'll all cherish forever!

    While there will likely be some restaurants with same-day availability, I'd highly recommend going ahead and making dining reservations ahead of time. Be sure to check the cancellation policies, but most restaurants allow you to cancel up until the day beforehand without any penalty, so I think your vacation would be much more relaxing if you knew your meals were already taken care of. My personal experience has always been that walk-in seating at Table-service restaurants is tricky to find, especially at Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Hollywood Studios, or any character meals, and you'll likely find very limited availability at other places. Now with that said, if there's a restaurant you have your heart set on and you're having trouble finding a reservation, it's always worth stopping by and asking a Cast Member if there are any openings. You never know when you might find a bit of pixie dust! To be safe, though, I'd suggest planning your Table-service dining ahead of time. If you'd rather have the flexibility to go with the flow, you'll find lots of wonderful Quick-service locations that serve a wide variety of food without requiring a reservation.

    Thanks so much for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Rachel, and please feel free to come see us again with any other questions. I hope that you and your little Mouseketeer have a truly magical...and delicious...vacation!


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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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