Answered Question - Disney Parks Moms Panel
- Now that free dining has been announced for this year (yipee!!) what is your take on reservations for table service? Are they a must have or can I wait ?
- DINING RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST HAVE!
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A really cannot say this strongly enough, if you want to eat at table service restaurants, then you should make reservations as far in advance as possible. You can do this by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
Those scouting folks had it right when they said, "BE PREPARED." With a meal reservation, you are prepared to eat where you want, when you want. Without the reservation, you could end up waiting hours for a table or wasting table service meal credits on counter service hot dogs.
So, make the reservations. If you find that you're not where you expected to be on a certain day, you can always call Disney Dining and cancel your reservation or ask to change it. There are only a very few dining experiences at WDW that require a credit card to hold the reservation (the princess meals, the dinner shows, the Fantasmic packages, and the California Grill). With these, you need to make sure you cancel or change your reservation within a specified time window to avoid incurring a penalty. Otherwise, if your plans change, you can cancel or modify a reservation up until the last minute. Disney Mom Kim explains this very well here.
It doesn't hurt to make the reservations and it can only help to make your vacation less stressful by giving you one less thing to worry about while you're on your trip.
Hope you have a great one!
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