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  • On Nov 25, 2023
    Monette from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Why can't we get a reservation on any date from December 26, 2023 thru January 1, 2024?


    Thanks for asking your question to planDisney!

    I am sorry that you are having a problem getting reservations during that time frame. Let me see if I can offer some help. To start with, I was not sure if you meant dining reservations, theme park reservations, or hotel reservations. So I looked at all three.

    Dining Reservations
    I looked here first. Since the Christmas to New Year time frame is the busiest time of the year at Walt Disney World, many of the restaurants get fully booked. A way to find what is available is to go to the main Walt Disney World website and hover over "Things to Do". From the pop-up menu, you should see under "Dining" a menu item that says "Make Reservations". After clicking on that you need to enter the party size, date, and general meal time. I saw several of my favorites still available on the evening of the 26th, including 50s Prime Time Cafe!

    Hotel Reservations
    I came to hotels second. When I searched for a room for a party of four based on your dates, I found more of my favorites still with rooms to spare. First, from the Walt Disney World website home page I clicked on "Places to Stay". From that page, I entered the check-in and check-out dates, and the party information for a family of four. I again found several of my favorites, from each category, including Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter, Disney's Art of Animation Resort, and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. It does ask you to click on "Check Availability" next to most, but that does not mean there is no space, just that you have to take that next step.

    Theme Park Reservations
    Finally, I checked the Disney Park Pass Availability Calendar, and all parks were available for all dates, except two that were sold out on December 31, namely the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT.

    My guess is that you are looking for very specific restaurants on specific dates and meal times. That may not work out for you, but it could help if you follow the steps I mentioned above to find what is available for you to book.

    Of course, if I got this all wrong and you meant some other form of reservation, please write me back and let me know. Otherwise, I hope that these instructions help and that you find that holiday magic!

    Have a Magical Vacation!


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