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How to make advanced dining reservations at Disney and Universal

To avoid wasting your time in the parks with long waits, we strongly recommend making advance dining reservations for sit-down restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort as soon as you can. You can reserve a dining time at Walt Disney World's table service restaurants up to 180 days before visiting by calling +1-407-WDW-DINE or by visiting disneyworld.com/dining.

Want to know the hardest dining reservations to get at Walt Disney World? Here are our readers' picks for the Top 10 toughest ADRs you need to book exactly 180 days in advance. With your fingers crossed.

Advance reservations are not as important at other parks, but having them means one less thing to worry about on the day of your visit. You can make advance dining reservations for Universal Orlando's table service restaurants and character meals by calling +1-407-224-4233 between 8:30am-7pm Eastern Time. At Disneyland, call +1-714-781-3463 to make reservations for table service restaurants and Disney character breakfasts.

You can make reservations up to two months advance for Disneyland Paris restaurants by calling +33-1-60-30-40-50. For Tokyo Disney, call +81-45-330-5711. (Please call between 10am and 6pm Tokyo time and ask for English assistance.)

All top theme parks can accommodate people with food allergies or other dietary restrictions. Call the park's restaurant reservation number in advance, or ask at the guest services office for help when you enter the park.

If you are visiting from outside the United States, you also should know that waiters in table-service restaurants should be tipped, as almost all of their pay comes from customer gratuities. Budget 15%-20% of your meal cost for tips, and remember that tips are no longer included in the cost of the Disney Dining Plan.

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