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  • On Oct 17, 2015
    Amy from MD Asked

    Going to WDW this December. Trying to make dinner reservations at Epcot on Friday the 18th. The park closes at 930 that night, but they only have an opening at 855pm. Will we have to leave the park at 930 or can we enjoy the meal and not feel rushed?

    Hello Amy!
    First off, great choice going to the Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season. All of the Parks and Resorts are beautifully decorated and the mood is so festive during this time.

    In my experience, no matter how close to closing your dining reservation occurs, you will have all the time you need to enjoy your meal. We have never felt rushed even with the latest reservation of the day.  Additionally, while Epcot's closing times is listed at 9:30 pm, you may notice that IllumiNations:Relflections of Earth, Epcot's firework spectacular, doesn't begin until 9:30. This fantastic show is approximately 15 minutes long during the holiday season and is a must-see.  With that said, most people won't even begin to leave the Park until close to 10:00 pm.  If you don't have a viewing of IllumiNations: Reflection of Earth already planned I suggest taking a pause during your meal to step out and see it. We did that not to long back at Le Cellier and the Cast Members serving us were very gracious about holding dessert until we got back.

    I hope this helps with your planning. See ya real soon!
    Anne
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Meet the Panelist: Anne, Iowa

I’m Anne, a native Iowan, wife, mother, and grandmother. For me, a major part of the fun of a Disney trip is the planning. I have traveled to the Disney Parks in multiple stages of my life, including as a daughter, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother. While I can’t pick my funniest Disney memory – either my 70-year-old mother on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or my 4-year-old grandson on Dinosaur – I am thrilled to be able to help other Disney guests plan their adventures. Learn More About Anne

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