Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Dec 1, 2011
    Kerry from IL 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 the last of Jan and 1st week of Feb. Are dining reservations needed during this non-peak time? If so, is it likely that we could make those res. the same day in the a.m.? we already have reserv. for character dining.

    I would never recommend that a guest completely forgo dining reservations, Kerry, no matter what time of year they were visiting.  I understand that you have your character meals all booked, and that is a great start.  I would suggest, though, scheduling at least one sit-down meal for each of  the other days of your trip.  Now, if you're the type of family that doesn't have a real preference for where you enjoy dinner, then you might be okay without reservations, assuming that if worse comes to worse you are open to eating counter service meals.  If, however, you have your heart set on any of the more popular restaurants (including 'Ohana, Le Cellier, Whispering Canyon Cafe, etc) then you should absolutely make reservations.  On the other hand, chances of scoring a walk-up table (or same day reservation) at one of the more obscure restaurants is a probability, especially during slower times of the year.  I suppose it's personal preference, but if you do decide to go without reservations, do be prepared to be flexible with your dining times and locations.  I hope that helps!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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