Sunset at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Jun 10, 2018
    Melissa from JP-13 Asked

    I have a Rivers of Light / Tusker House reservation the first day of our trip. The only reservation I could get was 4:30 and our flight lands at 3:00, so it's tight. If I got there at, say, 4:45-5:00 do you think they would still seat us?

    Hello Melissa and thanks for bringing such a great question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.
    I'm so pleased to hEar you've made some magical plans for your very 1st night at Walt Disney World Resort by securing an Advanced Dining Reservation at Tusker House Restaurant with the Rivers of Light Dining Package. Although if I'm being totally honest I wouldn't wish to begin my own Disney vacation with such a tight-for-time arrangement which could work out to be not so magical at all.
    There are so many variables to consider which may delay your travel plans further such as flight and traffic hold-ups not to mention the speed-walking you'd have to do both in the airport and when finally arriving at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park to make your 4.30pm reservation at Tusker House Restaurant.
    Generally speaking Guests should always plan to arrive and check-in at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled restaurant reservation times and should your arrival be quite late for your appointed time and it was impossible for Cast Members to seat your party behind schedule then you may incur per person cancellation fees.
    A great alternative may be to re-think your reservation and plan to dine in one of the delicious Quick Service Dining locations at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park before catching a delightful evening performance of Rivers of Light.
    Have a great Disney day.
    ~ Jane
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Meet the Panelist: Jane, United Kingdom

As the UK "Mum" on the Disney Parks Moms Panel I'm able to assist those lucky Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort from the United Kingdom who generally enjoy a whole 2 week magical stay. The planning and organising of resorts, Advance Dining Reservations and extra pixie dusted holiday fun for solo travellers, large or small family groups is my absolute pleasure! Learn More About Jane

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