• On Feb 4, 2018
    Sarah from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Trying to plan our ADRs for a trip in August, yet park hours aren't available. I'm only 10 days away from the 180. How can I plan where to eat if there are no park hours available?

    Hi Sarah,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I just faced a similar dilemma. We now plan our park strategy without knowing the park hours with absolute certainty.

    I check the park hours for a few weeks prior to my dates. So, if we are traveling on a Sunday through Saturday, I check Sunday through Saturday at least two weeks prior to the dates of our visit, paying particular attention to park opening and Extra Magic Hours. Although we no longer do Extra Magic Hours, we do love pre-park opening dining reservations so that we can enter the parks before most other guests. We have to make those pre-park opening dining reservations on days when a park does not have Extra Magic Hours so that we can enjoy the magical feel of an almost empty park as we walk to the restaurant.

    My family now prefers to visit Magic Kingdom on our first day and last day. Then we pick the order of parks in between. I go ahead and make dining reservations based on that plan. Occasionally, I have changed plans. It is possible. Just keep in mind that some restaurants get booked quickly and it may not be easy to change the reservation. Cinderella's Royal Table and Be Our Guest are two restaurants that may not have availability if you try to modify them, but I have been persistent in the past and have managed to change dining times at those restaurants. 

    Sarah, I am sending pixie dust your way hoping that you are able to make those dining reservations!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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