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  • On Apr 17, 2024
    Jerri from SD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What time can I start booking dining reservations

    BRRIINGG! That's the sound of your alarm clock, Jerri! Welcome to planDisney where it's never too late - or too early - to plan your next Walt Disney World Resort visit. Since time is of the essence, let's talk about booking those all-important advanced dining reservations.

    Guests can book most dining and Enchanting Extras 60 days in advance, so your window looks like it will open soon! According to the website, reservations typically open around 6:00 AM EST. I like to set my alarm for 5:45 AM, brew a strong cup of coffee, put on my Mickey Mouse slippers, and log in. My friends say they've occasionally been able to start booking a few minutes before 6:00, but that's never been the case for me.

    If you're registered at a Disney Resort Hotel, you can make reservations for the length of your stay, which is a huge advantage. For hard-to-get reservations, such as character meals, my tip is to try for those first and look for openings later in your visit for the best availability.

    Sometimes, our best-planned trips go astray, but Hakuna Matata! Keep checking if you don't secure a reservation at your top choice. I often check availability on the My Disney Experience mobile app when I'm on the go. I recently found an opening for Starlight Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge while sitting at a red light! 

    Jerri, I'm wishing on a star that you'll snag the dining reservations you dream of. But remember, nothing fills you up like a good ol' Mickey Pretzel! Have a magical visit and stop by planDisney anytime.

    Magic awaits,
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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