• On May 27, 2012
    Monique from AL Asked

    Doug,thnx so much! What are the dining non–peak times? Also, where can I find Disney Princess autograph books, none @ DisneyStoreOnline-authentic park. Also, do the girls usually dress up to meet the princesses? Is there a direct # for CRT & AoA? Thank


    Dining at non-peak times is a great way to snag a reservation at a hard-to-get restaurant. Basically you want to ask for times that are not the traditional meal times. For instance anything after 2pm, but before 5pm is a great time. Most people are going to be looking for times up to 1pm for lunch, and after 5 for dinner, but dining in between is not something they are inclined to do. You can do the math on the times between breakfast and lunch, though many more people are open to late breakfasts and early lunches on vacation, so the window is not so clear there.

    Next, autograph books. If you can't find them online, or don't have access to a Disney store, what you can do is get them either at the Orlando airport or your resort gift store. For our next trip we are going to get off the plane at MCO (the Orlando International Airport) and go to the Disney store BEFORE heading to Magical Express for our trip to the resort. That way the girls can pick out their own books, and have something to look at on the bus ride.

    Yes, girls very often are dressed up to meet the princesses. We make a point of having their dresses in our backpacks so that they don't have to wear them all day long, as in the hot sun that can be a bit much.

    As for a direct line to Cinderella's Royal Table, no. Just call WDW-DINE, and you should be able to make any requests that you have. The Art of Animation resort will have one, but I have not seen it yet, so I can't really help you there.

    Have a magical vacation!
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