Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Jun 28, 2010
    Roger from KS 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.

    We will be at WDW Aug. 6-14th and just heard we really should make all our ADR before we go. This is our first time at the resort, how are we supposed to know when and where we'll want to eat, and do we need reservations for every meal?

    Hi Roger! How exciting to be planning your first visit to Walt Disney World! August is a fairly busy time in the parks, and it's quite possible that you'll have trouble getting into some table-service restaurants without a reservation. While Disney World has many counter-service restaurants at which you can dine without reservations, if your family would like to have some nice sit-down meals too, you should make some reservations.

    I recommend that you take a look at the park calendars to determine the operating hours of the parks during your visit, as well as the times of any parades or shows you'd like to see. Use that information to decide which park you'd like to visit each day, and then pick at least one restaurant in that park that you'd like to try, and make a reservation for lunch or dinner. If your plans change, you can always cancel the reservation, but you'll have it if you need it.

    Decide where to eat by browsing the menus of the various restaurants either on the Disney website or at a site like to find restaurants with food that appeals to your family. Once you've found some restaurants with the type of food your family enjoys, you can narrow down your choices by reading the reviews of other diners at or on the "Restaurants" forum at a site like

    If you have kids, I recommend you schedule at least one character meal, such as Chef Mickey's or Cinderella's Royal Table. Some other restaurants my family enjoys are 'Ohana, which has tasty food and fun activities for kids, Teppan Edo, which has Japanese food cooked table-side, and the Sci-Fi DIne-In, where you can watch campy drive-in movies while you eat in your "car." For finer dining, we like Le Cellier, the California Grill, or Jiko.

    Hope this helps! Have a wonderful time!
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I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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