Disney Dining: When to start planning?

So, if you’ve checked out more than just this post, you’ll know that one of my family’s travel favorites is Disney World. We actually have a trip booked for October and we’re already talking about dining. So, when is the best time to start thinking about restaurants? This may sound crazy, but for my money- 7 months out. Yes, that is SEVEN.


If you are staying on Disney property, you can start making your dining reservations 180 days before your check-in date. Which means you really need to start researching, reading, and deciding where you might want to eat 7 months before you go. We are in the process of narrowing down our choices so that we’re at the ready, when our 180 day mark comes! There are so many things to think about!

For instance, I want to get in some good character meals, but don’t want to over do it and have that each day. I want to try some new places, but really loved ‘Ohana last trip (pictured above at breakfast). Should we skip it or go back because we know how great it was? Would we get tired of too many buffets and wish we had a more traditional sit-down meal? What about family style (like Liberty Tree Tavern pictured below)? Would everyone in our party eat what is available?


I know I just gave more questions than answers, but that is how we narrow down dining. First, we consider our week as a whole. We list out what would be ideal and then start researching like crazy. My current favorite Disney blog (mostly because I think the writing is great- but also because he’s reviewed TONS of restaurants) is disneytouristblog. Check it out- it was so helpful to us!

If you’re reading this and thinking, isn’t Disney supposed to be a vacation? This is too much work! This is too stressful!– let me offer up this: Wouldn’t you rather frontload the stress???

I have had this conversation with many people. Let’s face it- sometimes even on the best vacation you’re still stressed. I think a lot of that stress comes from hungry people not knowing where or what you’ll eat. And then, imagine those hungry people all find someWHERE to eat, but then there is no availability. Hungry people turn into angry people shockingly fast (I know, I’m one of them). Hello, stress.

By doing all of the stressful stuff 7 months (or more) ahead of time, you can truly go and just embrace the magic.

If you’re planning a Disney trip in the near future, I’d love to hear about your favorite restaurants and where you’re planning to eat!!



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