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  • On Jan 7, 2022
    Marcina from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Does my whole trip need to be paid off, before I can make dining reservations? My daughter is turning 12 when we will be there, and I’m trying to plan ahead. Thanks.

    Hi Marcina! Welcome to planDisney and Happy early Birthday to your daughter! There is nothing better than celebrating a special occasion at the Most Magical Place On Earth! We were able to spend our daughter's 7th birthday last year in the Magic Kingdom Park. We let her lead the day and ended up riding "it's a small world" countless times as it is her favorite ride! 

    Getting an early start on planning is essential to maximizing your experience. To answer your question, the balance of your trip does not need to be paid off prior to making dining reservations. The window to book starts 60 days in advance of your trip while the final payment is due 30 days before arrival. You'll be able to start lining up some of the hard-to-get reservations in preparation for that 60-day mark. 

    Now that we established that, let's start discussing some delicious dining options that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. Hopefully, your child is a bit more adventurous eater than my two are, but regardless each restaurant typically will cater to all crowds. My top recommendation to try during your stay is Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White for dinner. It is a character meal, which means you will be able to meet Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy and the Evil Queen herself. The food is beautifully presented and the theming is whimsical. It is perfect for all ages but specifically for your daughter. Also, try to snag a reservation at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. Your family will have a blast with the theming and everyone will be able to find something to eat on the all-American style menu. 

    Marcina, I'm so excited for you to spend this special occasion with Mickey and his friends! Have the best time creating lasting memories!


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Meet the Panelist: Greg, South Carolina

Hello friends! Greg here from Charleston, SC. I am a Disney-loving husband and dad to two wonderful daughters. Walt Disney World Resort offers everything you want in a vacation and touches all the senses. From the sights to sounds and even the smells, there is something for everyone to enjoy! When our family is not riding "it’s a small world" or going on a Journey Into Imagination With Figment, we are readily planning our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Learn More About Greg

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