• On Nov 12, 2021
    Jacquie from TN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have been trying to make dining reservations for my family for the last 2-3 weeks and nothing is available. We are a party of 6 and would like to dine at Epcot on 12/25 and 12/28 during our stay. Can we do a reservation for 4 and 2 or any other options.

    Hi there, Jacquie! 

    Welcome to planDisney, and thank you for stopping by with your question for us. 

    I want to start by saying I LOVE that you’re going with a fun-loving group! It’s always wonderful to share magical experiences, and when I go with my extended family of 8, we have such an enchanting time together! You may have difficulty finding available dining since you’re going during a very popular time; however, I don’t want you to panic. Here are some of the tricks I use to snag dining reservations:

    -Don’t give up, and keep checking for reservation availability. People change and cancel their plans frequently. I like to check often every day, but especially the day before the reservation since people tend to cancel right before they have to pay the cancellation fee.

    -Split up your party. As you asked earlier, you can absolutely split up your party to make your dining reservations. Sometimes, when I’m traveling with my group, I find two dining reservations within 15-20 minutes of each other and grab those. You would have to use your My Disney Experience account to make one reservation, and another Guest will have to use theirs to make the other. I recommend arriving a bit earlier than your reservation time to ask the Cast Member if there’s a way that your two parties can be seated together. Please understand this is only a request, and although Cast Members do their best to meet requests, sometimes, it’s not possible.

    -Join a Mobile Dine Walk-up Availability list! If you don’t have a reservation, you can use your My Disney Experience Mobile app to add your party to the walk-up list at select restaurants. You can check availability at participating restaurants via your app or by scanning the QR code located in the restaurant’s lobby. 

    I also wanted to add, EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays begins November 26th. In celebration, there will be several Holiday Kitchens (food booths) scattered around the World Showcase with incredible cuisine from around the globe! And you won’t need to make dining reservations for these! Check out the Foodie Guide to the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays here!

    Have an enchanting visit, Jacquie!

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Meet the Panelist: Aena, Texas

Hi friends! Consider me your own Fairy Godmother, full of helpful tips to make your Walt Disney World Resort vacation magical. I'm Aena, wife to my Prince Charming, mom to future Imagineers, and forever a kid at heart. I call Walt Disney World...I mean, Texas home, and spend my time singing Disney tunes. One of my favorite things to do is to stay on property and explore everything the resorts have to offer. I'd love to help you find the best Instagram-worthy spots for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Aena

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