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  • On Jan 7, 2013
    Georgia 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.

    Hello, this is our 1st time to WDW. Does dining reservation have to made for all dining or is there some walk-ins available? Thanks,

    Hi Georgia! How exciting to be planning your family's first Walt Disney World vacation! You're going to have so much fun!

    The Disney parks and resorts have counter service restaurants available where no reservation is necessary. Reservations may be made at table-service restaurants. These restaurants will accept walk-ups if space is available, although you may experience a wait for a table.

    Since you are visiting in the summer near the July 4 holiday, the parks will likely be quite busy, so I recommend that you make some dining reservations.  Take a look at the park calendars to determine the operating hours of the parks during your visit, as well as the times of any parades or shows you'd like to see. Use that information to decide which park you'd like to visit each day, and then pick at least one restaurant in that park that you'd like to try, and make a reservation for lunch or dinner. If your plans change, you can always cancel the reservation, but you'll have it if you need it. Your vacation will be much more magical if you do a little advance planning to minimize the time your family spends wandering around looking for a restaurant with availability or waiting on a table.

    I'd love to help you plan your first trip! Please come visit me again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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