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  • On Sep 11, 2022
    Erin from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Trying to split our group of nine into smaller groups to make dining reservations. How do I change the setting so I am not the primary on multiple reservations therefore avoiding the scheduling conflict within the system? Thank you

    Hiya, Erin!

    Welcome to planDisney, friend! I am delighted to hear that you are planning a fall adventure to The Most Magical Place on Earth. And it sounds as if your planning is off to a great start! Splitting large groups into smaller parties is a great way to secure some of those harder-to-get dining reservations. There are a couple of different ways to make multiple reservations for your crew. Here are some tips and tricks for making reservations for a large party.

    Before we get into reservation details, it is important to note that each adult Guest in your party should create their own My Disney Experience account. You can also create one on their behalf should they not wish to have or use this service during their stay. Parents/guardians of children in your travel party should create their accounts so they can manage their vacation itinerary. Once everyone has an account, be sure to link them so you can plan together with ease. Okay, on to reservations! 

    Option one is to have multiple adults in your party make the reservations. An example of this would be: You make a reservation for a group of five and another adult member of your travel party makes a reservation for four at the same location for the same dining time slot. When you arrive at the restaurant you can request that the two tables be seated near each other. While this can often be accommodated it is not a guarantee. You can make dining reservations through the My Disney Experience app or on the Walt Disney World website using this method. 

    Should you prefer to make all the reservations, there is a way to change the primary contact when securing your dining spots. This can only be done when making reservations through the Walt Disney World website. Begin by making your reservation as your would traditionally, with the date, party size, and location. When you reach the My Dining Party Page, you will see a drop-down box labeled Reservation Contact. You can choose an adult member of your travel party to be the primary contact as long as your My Disney Experience accounts are linked. Select the Guest you wish to be the lead contact, and follow the remaining prompts to secure your spot. There are a few notes to keep in mind when making reservations using this method. Only the Guest you list as the primary contact will be able to make changes to this reservation. This includes cancelations or time changes. If you manage this account you can make changes. If not, it is important the Guest is familiar with using My Disney Experience should you need to make any modifications. Once you have made your reservations you will be able to see each of them in your upcoming plans. And don't forget to mention that you are dining together when you check in for your reservations!

    I hope that these tips help you secure your reservations!
    We'll see ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Tammy, Illinois

Hey Everyone! I'm Tammy. My Ohana and I live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. I am a preschool teacher and I also coordinate events for youth and families. I have been visiting Walt Disney World Resort since I was a teenager. I'm always looking for a new adventure to explore or an amazing snack to try. I love to share my tips and experiences because I want to help make all trips as memorable and magic as my travels have been.  Learn More About Tammy

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