Thursday, March 17, 2016

It's Time to Plan your Disney Dining!

Planning your dining for Disney should not cause panic or increased wine consumption! I promise it always works out. The first step is determining how many table service meals you will receive on the dining plan.  You will get the same number of meals as nights you SLEEP there.

  • Example: If you stay October 9-October 15: that's 6 sleeps at Disney so you will have 6 meal credits and that will mean you need reservations for 6 table service meals.
Table Service meals can be breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is very flexible. You could have a breakfast and a dinner table service in one day and then another day not have a table service meal at all.

My restaurant suggestions: Suggestions for restaurants

Another blog worth considering December 2015 update

The majority of table service meals are available for 1 Dining Credit. However, exceptions that require two meal credits include: Cinderella's Royal Table ("The Castle"), Mickey's Backyard BBQ,
Hoop Dee Doo Revue, Polynesian Luau, Le Cellier and some other upscale restaurants I would never take children to anyway. Disney Dining Plan  shows every restaurant and how many credits.

Next, I make a basic grid that has the date/park/restaurant and desired time planned.  Don't forget, if you plan to eat at a restaurant inside a theme park, you must have valid admission for the park for the day.

Date
Park
Restaurant
Time

 October 9

Magic Kingdom

1900 Park Fare

5-6

October 10

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood and Vine

noon

October 11

Animal Kingdom

Yak and Yeti

2-3

October 12

EPCOT

Via Napoli

5:30

October 13

Magic Kingdom

Chef Mickey's

6pm

October 14
 Any Park

Ohana's 

Breakfast 9-10 am
Then 180 days prior to your trip,  I get up and make the reservations at 6 am.

I do this for my clients but many choose to do it themselves to have the flexibility to make the decisions based on availability the day of booking. For instance, your first choice might be sold out on October 9th, so you might need to decide to move that to the 14th because it is important to you. Another issue is the dining times available. The restaurant you want might be sold out for dinner the 12th, so if you are making the reservations you have the flexibility to decide you will go ahead and pick lunch. If you want to do them yourself, please send me an email telling me that and I will note it.  If you want me to make your dining I want the requests to me 190 days in advance so I can ask any questions and make sure I have scheduled to do them!! 

Finally, to figure out your date for booking dining go to: http://pscalculator.net/pscalc.php
 
Restaurants that are still difficult to get 180 days in advance: Cinderella's Royal Table and Be Our Guest for dinner.

Be Our Guest is table service for dinner.  When dining for breakfast or lunch, Be Our Guest it is a quick service meal.  Generally, you don't make reservations for your quick service meals, but Be Our Guest an exception.   This is the only quick service meal at Disney that allows reservations.  They have an excellent quick service lunch.

Disney requires a credit card on file when booking dining. If you do not show up you will be charged a $10/person cancellation fee. You must cancel more than 24 hours in advance.

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