Disney World Dining - When To Start Booking
Have you ever wondered why your favorite restaurant in Disney World was booked up before you even got a chance to make a reservation? Have you ever thought to yourself why many of the dining locations in Disney World book up so fast? Well, you're not the only one.
Walt Disney World is the most visited and largest recreational resort in the world. Millions of people visit there each year, so you can just imagine what the resort looks like on a day to day basis. Because of the significant amount of people, and the fact that they all have to eat, Disney's restaurants tend to fill up quite fast. This is especially true with the character dining restaurants. I mean what kid doesn't want to dine with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Cinderella and the whole gang?
If you want to be on top of things and the one with a definite reservation, then you need to book early. At the time of this writing, you can book your Disney dining reservations up to 180 days out. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, you get the priviledge of booking 180 days out plus 10 additional days.
Booking might be a tad easier for families who have planned their vacation, and it might be a bit rough on families who just go at the last minute. Booking in advance gives you a better chance of obtaining the dining reservations that you want. But if you happen to find yourself on the outside looking in, don't panic. There are a few things you can do.
Guests do cancel, so try calling back at a later time to see if anything is available. Some restaurants have cancellation policies so if guests don't cancel within the right time frame, they will be charged. If that doesn't help, you can always try walking up to the restaurants and checking on availability. From time to time, the podium will have last minute cancellations, which gives you the opportunity to slide in.
As long as you remember to book as soon as your 180 day window opens you will be fine. Remember, Disney World is a busy place and they have to accommodate thousands of people each day, so make sure you're on your p's and q's when booking your Disney dining reservations.