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

4 – DON’T give up if you didn’t get all of your preferred reservations.

Definitely don’t give up!  You are still very likely to get any of the meals that you couldn’t find, but it just takes patience.  When I was looking for Be Our Guest for a set meal time and date, I would just try every day when I thought about it.  It only took a couple minutes, and eventually I got lucky and got what I was looking for.  You can try this method even up to the same day that you are looking for.  Disney World charges a $10 fee per member of the party if you don’t cancel reservations that go unused at least 24 hours in advance.  This deters individuals from making a bunch of reservations that they don’t intend to keep, so reservations keep opening up as plans change for different guests.  Just keep trying! Photo Credit: Disney World.


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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