Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Oct 21, 2015
    April from NC 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.

    1st trip 11/29-12/2. Want to do Character Dining. Mistakenly purchased Dining Package-discovered no character dining available. Called,was transferred to Dining, and their "system down." Other advice is "keep trying." Other suggestions?

    Hi, April!  I don't know how many people are in your party, but I went ahead to check the Disney Dining Reservations system online.  For a party of four on several of the days you are coming, I found availability at lunch and dinner at the Garden Grill at Epcot and Tusker House in Disney's Animal Kingdom.  I was also able to see two dinner reservations on different nights available at the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom.

    It really is a matter of continually checking availability, and I have seen reservations open up literally within hours of our wanting to dine at a particular restaurant.  People do have to cancel at the last minute for a variety of reasons, and you never know when you might luck into something.

    If you did mistakenly make the dining plan purchase, as in you did not intend to include this when you booked your reservations, I would call again and ask for a supervisor.  I'm not sure what they can do so close to your trip, but you should have time to make changes to your package if you need to.

    Good luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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