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  • On Feb 24, 2009
    Tammy from NY 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.

    Hello - I was wondering what is considered "peak" dining times for each meal. THANK YOU!

    Hi Tammy,

    In our  experience the peak breakfast hour is from 8am to around 9am. The lunch crowds seem to roll in around noon until around 1:30pm and dinner seems to start around 5:30-7pm. Of course many have discovered this trend, including my family, and therefore have adjusted their schedule while at Disney World.

    We typically find shorter lines right at the start of lunch, 11-11:30am. Then to avoid the dinner crowds we like to make a late afternoon reservation, like 4pm or a late evening reservation after 8pm. Some locations, like Rose and Crown at Epcot, are very popular later in the evening because a table here, at that time, often allows guests the chance to sit and enjoy Illuminations. Most of the time, if we have planned ahead and reserved our dining locations at the ninety day mark, we have experienced few problems with the crowds even in the middle of the rush. Reservations are taken ninety days in advance by calling 407-WDW-DINE or 407-939-3463.
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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