10 DO’s and DON’Ts for Making Advanced Dining Reservations at Disney World

9 – DON’T underestimate the need to plan out your preferred restaurant dates, times, etc.

It really is helpful to plan out everything in advance.  I usually use a spreadsheet in Excel to map out all of the days of our Disney World trip and then plug in the preferred restaurants and times so that I have something to work off of when I make dining reservations.  I try to pick Plan B options as well, whether that is a different time and/or a different restaurant or even moving a particular meal to a different day.  I find that if I have a couple back-up options, it helps to make sure I get most everything we want.  The planning early on can help a lot!


Hi! I’m Kristin, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. We vacationed at Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what maked more sense was just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way.
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