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  • On Sep 29, 2013
    Nicole from VA 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.

    Going to WDW this jan. 14th-18th. Just myself and my boyfriend we are in are mid 20's. Any suggestions for our table service dinners i want to start making reservations. Also any suggestions the order in which we should do the parks based on our age.

    Hi Nicole,

    I really dig your question because my wife and I went on a number of Disney vacations together before we had our children. So, I'll start with your second question and then pull a slick segue back to your first question! 

    As far as your itinerary goes, I'd suggest letting your dining reservations drive your plans. I've found that if you pick some great places to eat, your itinerary will easily fall into place from there. 

    So, that leads me back to your question about table-service dinners. As you've probably already discovered, there's a wide spectrum of dining experiences to choose from at Walt Disney World. As I see it, you compartmentalize the table-service restaurants into the following types of dining experiences:

    1) High-End;
    2) Romantic;
    3) Novelty/Whimsical; or
    4) Stick-To-Your-Ribs Good Eats.

    When my wife and I were in your shoes, we tended to gravitate more toward the "romantic" and "good eats" experiences. 

    So, if you're looking for a romantic dinner, you can't go wrong with places like: The California Grill, Le Cellier, Jiko - The Cooking Place, Artist Point, or The Hollywood Brown Derby.

    If you're looking for some "good eats," you can't go wrong with places like: Chefs de France, 'Ohana, Liberty Tree Tavern, Via Napoli, or the 50's Prime Time Cafe.

    Here's a little tip from your buddy Derek:

    If you are having trouble snagging reservations, don't give up. Cancellations happen all the time, especially within a few days of a particular date. Also, walk-ups are possible in some instances, but you have to be there right when the restaurant opens for service.

    I hope that helps! If you'd like the inside scoop on specific restaurants, please feel free to write back and I'll be happy to share my thoughts.

    Bon Appetit!

    Best regards,
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Meet the Panelist: Derek, Virginia

Whether you're traveling with infants or preschoolers, planning a family reunion, taking a romantic trip for two, or even traveling solo - I've been in your shoes.  I'd love to help you make the most out of your next Disney vacation! Learn More About Derek

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