Planning your trip — Six months before arrival


The truth about us is that we’re always planning our next Disney vacation. We’re talking about where we’re going to eat next year while we’re walking through the park. But there are still important dates you will want to keep track of as your Disney vacation approaches. We usually book our vacation about seven months ahead. We always travel in September, and we had our reservations by early March. Once you have your reservations, you want to make note of the date that’s 180 days before your check-in date. That is when you are eligible to make dining reservations. If you’re like me, you’ll have someone make your dining reservations for you. Hi Ho Vacations is our travel agency of choice, and they’ve consistently done a great job getting us exactly what we want for dining.


If you’re staying at a Disney resort (not including the Swan and Dolphin), you can make up to 10 days of dining reservations 180 days from your arrival date. Off-site guests will only be able to make reservations within 180 days of the current day. Add this to the list of reasons we love to stay on site! You can make your reservations online or by phone at (407) 939-1947.

The food is one of our favorite parts of the trip. We’ve never gone to Disney without advance dining reservations (ADRs), and I can’t imagine traveling without them. Sit down restaurants tend to be busy all the time, even during the “slow” times of year. If there’s a sit down you don’t want to miss, I have to recommend a reservation. One nice thing about traveling as a couple is that you can often get a table even at the most in demand restaurants.

Reservations for many sit down restaurants require a credit card guarantee, and you will be charged if you miss your reservation. You have until 11:59 PM EST the day before your reservation to cancel without being charged.


You could spend hours reading suggestions on where to eat at Disney. Sanaa, Chef Mickey’s, and Be Our Guest are some of our favorites. Don’t forget resort restaurants when you’re making your selections. Downtown Disney has some fantastic restaurants, too.

Want to know when you can make your dining reservations? You can use the widget below to find the date that’s 180 days before your arrival.

Dining can be one of the most enjoyable parts of your trip, and with a little planning, your dining reservations don’t have to be stressful. What are some of your favorite restaurants? Do you usually make dining reservations ahead of time?

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