dining with Minnie at Cape May
  • On Mar 10, 2020
    Ben from IN Asked

    I'm traveling to Disney World in September with my children (2 and 5), wife, and a few other family members. Will I be able to book dining reservations for our group (7-9 people) at one table for character meals or do i need to split the group in two?

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. A character meal is a great way to gather the entire family around the table during your Walt Disney World vacation and to get some fun pictures with your favorite Disney friends.

    Each restaurant varies in the size of parties they can accommodate. Chef Mickey's, for example, allows online reservations for groups of up to 24. At Crystal Palace, the limit is 16. At Cape May Cafe it's 18. So getting a reservation for a party your size shouldn't be an issue, especially since you are ready to make your plans 180 days in advance.

    When I have dined with 10 or fewer, I've seldom had an issue getting everyone at the same table. And I've been in groups as big as 32 who were seated at a giant table, but that took some maneuvering. For your family, I would suggest arriving at least 15 minutes before your reservation to check in and affirm that you want to sit together. And, if they ask to split your party into two tables, you can offer to wait a little longer to be accommodated at a single table.

    When we vacation with extended family, we try to plan one group meal per day. It isn't always even a table service meal, just an opportunity for everyone to come together, share highlights of their day and relax before heading off again for more fun in smaller groups.

    I hope that is helpful, Ben. Please let us know if you have any other questions as your vacation nears and you start to plan your FastPass+ reservations and other activities. Enjoy!

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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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