Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Jun 6, 2009
    Jamie from OK 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.

    Our vacation is 6/13. I have never been out of Texas so unsure on what I should do At Magic Kingdom. Do we need reservations for everything? I have no clue on where to even find out about activites or attractions. Really don't want miss anything.Thanks

    Hi, Jamie!  To start with, just about everything you'll need to know can be found at .  You'll find information on each theme park, the water parks, dining options, and extra activities by going directly to the Walt Disney World website.

    Things you typically need reservations for include table service dining experiences (character meals, signature dining, basically any sit down restaurant or buffet), dinner shows (Hoop Dee Doo, Spirit of Aloha, etc.), La Nouba (the Cirque du Soleil performance at Downtown Disney), and things like spa treatments, cruises, special tours, etc.  If you have not made any dinner reservations, I would suggest browsing the menus at under the dining section to see where you might like to eat.  Many of the popular restaurants do fill up quickly, and I'm afraid you won't find very much available at this late date, but if you are willing to be flexible with your times and days, you might find something open.

    If you can't get the dining reservations you want, there are plenty of counter service restaurants throughout Walt Disney World that offer more than burgers, so you won't have to worry about eating chicken nuggets your whole trip.  Also, don't be afraid to ask the cast member when you call for your dining reservations (which you can do at 407-WDW-DINE) to suggest someplace to eat.  They often know where the easiest locations to get into are.

    You can also walk up to any restaurant podium and ask if you can be seated.  Sometimes, they will have table availability due to cancellations and no shows.

    Beyond dining, you'll find plenty to do at the four theme parks and two water parks, and you don't need anything but tickets to enjoy those!

    Have a great vacation!
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My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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