If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World this summer, now is the time to start making dining reservations. Why?

It has become very difficult to get dining reservations, especially at the most popular restaurants. If you want to eat at a specific place, then you need to make your decision early, then plan to make your reservations as early as you can.

You are able to make dining reservations 120 days ahead. If you are staying in a Disney Resort Hotel, you will be able to make dining reservations 120 days from your arrival day for your whole stay (up to 129 days ahead). This means you can beat out those who don’t stay in a Disney property.

Do your children just have to see Mickey? Unless you want to stand in line for hours, or use one of your fastpasses to get in the shorter line, you may want to choose a character meal instead. The characters will be there in the restaurant for you to meet there. Most of them will actually come to your table.

While the picture is real (it was taken during our trip in January 2002), the characters don’t generally sit down at the table with you. We were fortunate with our larger group to be at the end of the lunch serving period. This meant there were fewer people in the restaurant, so the characters had the time to sit down with the children to sign autographs. Yes, they felt special.

Do you need help planning your trip to Walt Disney World? Do you have any questions? Just let me know.