Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Sep 29, 2010
    Dan from AK 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 1st visit to WDW 11/13-18/10 w/ DS8 & DD11. I have not made any dining res. bc I am worried that it will be stressful to be tied down w/ a res. If we don't have dinner dining reservations will there still be plenty of places avail. to eat

    Hello again, Dan!

    You've come to the Mom's Panel for our advice, so I'm going to tell it like it is: You're about to commit the #1 first-timer mistake: not making Advanced Dining Reservations.  Yes, you can do Disney spontaneously, but if you don't have a plan--even a loose one--you'll waste precious time and regret that you didn't get the value out of your vacation later...

    Although I hesitate to tell guests this, there is no penalty if you do not use an ADR, afterall, you WILL make a standby customer happy (probably another first-timer family who doesn't know the drill....).  Veteran guests to Disney do make ADRs and, therefore, many popular restaurants will not have no-shows.  Unfortunately, most first-time visitors don't know these restaurants and will spend precious time trying to traverse the myriad of choices only to find a table at a not-so-popular restaurant. (And 'not-so-popular' can mean lots of things: too expensive for the average guest, quality of food, so-so atmosphere, etc.)

    My suggestion is to use the itinerary I just created for you in your previous question and make one reservation a day either in the same park or in a resort nearby.  You will at least have a choice for a nice meal (buffet, Character experience, etc.) every day. If you need help on some suggestions, feel free to come back and visit me via my bio page.

    If you still want to live (or should I say 'eat'?) dangerously, check out the new ap for supported Android, Blackberry and IPhones that will give you real-time ADRs near you, unveiled on the Disney Blog this week.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation with minimal wait times!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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