• On Aug 25, 2017
    Lisa from NJ 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.

    Is there any truth to the idea that you may be able to get hard to secure dining reservations 30 days before your arrival? I have been trying off and on since its been possible to reserve and I don't seem to be having any luck making reservations.

    Hi Lisa!

    Disney Dining Reservations is one of the first steps when planning a Walt Disney World vacation. Resort guests may make them 180 days from arrival so it means guests must start planning early. If you have decided on a last minute trip or just couldn't get to the planning stages that early there is some hope to securing some of the sought after locations.

    Dining reservations do open up from time to time and the best way to grab one is to keep looking on line at all times of the day. Doing this on line is easiest versus trying to keep calling the reservation center. Some think checking early in the morning starting at 7am gives them some over night cancelations. I have not seen any better luck in timing but it is worth a try.

    Try to eat at off times when the masses are not wanting to eat. Those times will often be available before the prime times. If you have a larger party try making reservations for two tables versus one. Splitting a party of six into a party of 2 and 4 might bring more luck as well.

    Guests must cancel 48 hours before their dining time or risk having to pay whether they show up or not. Remember this and once you arrive be willing to make last minute changes to your plans if something comes up. Keep checking and many guests actually do find openings on the day of for dining.

    There are no guarantees and the best way to reserve what you wish is to do the booking 180 days ahead. But that isn't always possible so keep checking and hopefully the magic will come through for you and the family for your upcoming Disney vacation.
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Hello Adventurers and travelers! I am Kay and a past Adventures By Disney mom for the panel. But now I am excited to share vacation planning tips for those heading out for an incredible vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Kay

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