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  • On Jun 13, 2011
    Dorothy from PA Asked

    Is is better to make reservations at typical restaurants in the parks, or can we count on getting a table if we just walk in? We'd like to have a bit more freedom in the parks but we also don't want to miss our favorite restaurants.

    Hi Dorothy!

    This is always a tough thing to negotiate...dining reservations.  I completely understand not wanting be be 'locked in' to a reservation, but on the other hand there we need to eat, right?

    Here are a few suggestions:
    • if you are going during a free dining period, dining reservations are a MUST
    • if you are visiting during a busy period, dining reservations are a MUST
    • if you are going during a slower period and have a small party size (2) you could be able to get walk-in seating, especially if you go during 'off peak' dining hours (ie earl/late breakfast, early/late lunch, early/late dinner)

    With the increasing popularity of the Disney Dining Plan, it becomes increasingly difficult to get walk-ins at any of the 'hot spots.'

    I'd suggest, at the very least, making reservations for your FAVORITE spots and maybe winging it from there, keeping in mind that you might not be able to get a walk-in reservation anywhere at certain times of the day. 

    If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, then I'd urge you to make ALL your reservations now to maximize the value of the plan.  The last thing you want is left over credits at the end of your vacation!

    Have a magical vacation!
    Amanda

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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, Texas

I am a former Kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home Mom to my 2 boys and daughter.  I've been married to my High School sweetheart since 2000, and we consider ourselves experienced Walt Disney World travelers with little ones. Learn More About Amanda

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