Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Aug 6, 2008
    Christy from UT Asked

    My sister's fam & my fam (4 adults/6 kids total) will be going to WDW together. If we book our trips separately, can we somehow get our ADRs (with the DDP) booked as one big party, despite being on 2 separate reservations? So confused! Thanks!

    The travel packages really have nothing to do with your dining reservations. I have met friends at WDW several times, we traveled totally independently and did not stay together. Yet I was still able to make dining reservations for the entire group.

    When you call Disney Dining (407-WDW-DINE) to make your meal reservations, you don't even have to mention that members of your dining party are on different travel packages. Just call and tell the reservationist something like, "I'd like to reserve a meal at the Whispering Canyon Cafe for dinner on August 6th for a party of 10." They will ask you how many in the group are children and how many are adults. They will also ask you if you are on the dining plan. You should say yes, because you are, but it really doesn't matter.

    To get everything worked out properly, all you'll need to do is tell your server at the restaurant that your meal will be on separate checks and he or she will sort it out for you so everyone gets charged the proper dining credits.

    On a related note, when you call to make reservations for a party of 10, you are very likely to run into a situation where the reservationist will tell you that you can only dine at a certain place or a certain time if the group is seated at two tables. You just have to go with the flow a bit on this one. My experience at Disney restaurants is that there are relatively few tables that can seat parties of larger than six people. When you arrive at the restaurant you can explain the situation to the host/hostess at the podium and whenever possible, they will push tables together to accommodate you. This is often, but not always do-able. If they can't "make" a big table for you, they will try to seat you near each other. Unfortunately there is not much way around this.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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