Mom And Daughter Aulani Room
  • On Jun 12, 2013
    Kristine Asked

    We are not able to book ANY ADR's for our Sept. trip, probably due to FD. Are we able to go to the restaurants and wait? How does that work? I keep checking but nothing has opened up. FWIW, we are not doing FD, are DVC members staying on points...

    Hi Kristine,

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question.

    If you are having trouble getting a reservation at a restaurant that you are wanting to experience, you can always visit the restaurant and ask if there is any walk up seating available when you are there.  It is always possible that someone may have canceled a reservation and that you might get in.  You can also check with Guest Relations when you enter a theme park to ask if any reservations have opened up for that day.  Also of course keep checking the Disney Dining website now - you never know when someone might cancel a reservation.  None of these are guarantees, but they are worth trying.

    Other than that, I suggest trying some of the restaurants that I consider hidden gems at Walt Disney World - those that people do not often talk about, but that my family loves.  These include Trail's End at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground for fabulous fried chicken, Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk for a taste of the Mediterranean, and Sanaa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge for delicious Indian-infused African fare.  Although these restaurants may be a little more out of the way than those located inside of a theme park, in my opinion, they are worth the trip.

    I hope that this gives you some ideas for dining on your Walt Disney World vacation, Kristine.  Please do not hesitate to come back and ask if you have any further questions! 
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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