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  • On Feb 8, 2018
    Meghan from ON Asked

    Coming to WDW for 11d in Sept. I know I can start booking my dining reservations 180 days in advance, however the calendar for park hours (and EMH) is only showing 180d. How can I plan which parks we'll be going to on which days so I can book dining?

    Dear Meghan,

    Thank you so much for stopping by to visit us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your great question about planning ahead for your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

    It can be a bit of a challenge to plan out some of these specifics, based on the 180-day calendar. Most times, the parks are open similar hours as the days preceding the days that you plan to travel, so you can begin to get an idea. I usually plan out my Advanced Dining Reservations, book them, and then adjust them a bit if the park hours change. For most restaurants, you should have no problem adjusting things slightly. For the "hard to get" reservations, you may end up changing your park choice and planning a bit around the reservation itself. Either way, it always seems to work out just fine! It's kind of an "imperfect science," as they would say. 

    Hope that helps with your magical planning!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a Disney Parks Moms Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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