• On Oct 28, 2019
    Brandy from MS 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.

    When I try to make a reservation for a show/eating experience like the fireworks show, I am only given options up to 5:00 PM. Is this the time appointed for the show experience? Or does this mean it is all booked for the later times I would need? Thanks

    Hey, Brandy! This is a really great question (and you have a great name!), so I am glad you stopped by to chat with us. There are a variety of dining events offered in all of the theme parks that combine a great meal with that evening's nighttime spectacular. My family has done several of these over the years, with the Candlelight Processional Dining Package being our favorite seasonal offering. The dining packages really make seeing its combined show much easier, as the package usually includes vouchers to access a reserved seating area.

    Each of the various dining packages work similarly, yet there are some differences. The time you reserve is generally the time you will check-in at the dining location for your meal. The Cast Member serving you at the dining location will provide you with your vouchers, which should have stamped on them the time for the "show" part of your evening. You can check My Disney Experience for the scheduled timing of that evening's fireworks so you can plan ahead. In the case of an event like the Candlelight Processional Dining Package or the Festival of the Lion King Signature Dining Package, there are multiple dining and show times, so you will need to pay careful attention to what is offered as you book it online.

    In my experience, I usually find the dining times for dining packages to mostly be before 6:00 p.m. This is done to give your family plenty of time to enjoy your meal without feeling rushed to get to the show venue. Since I am not sure which packages you are looking to book, I cannot say for sure if the 5:00 p.m. time is the standard time or simply what is available. Considering the dates you put into the intake form, your trip is quickly approaching so I do want to encourage you to finalize your plans as soon as possible. The dining packages are very popular and I would love for you to be able to experience them.

    I hope this information helps you plan a magical evening! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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