The Walt Disney World Resort has a brand new way for Guests to be able to dine! Since the return of Guests to the parks back in July, Guests who are looking to dine only had two options – Mobile Ordering or making a reservation ahead of time. Since Disney is heavily promoting minimizing contact with Cast Members, the ability to check for walk-up availability in person has definitely been a sticking point.
Now, Disney is introducing the brand new Mobile Dine Walk-Up Waitlist. This new capability can be found in the My Disney Experience app and it allows Guests the opportunity to quickly view current wait times, as well as any potential dining availability at participating Disney-owned, table service restaurants. By using the app, Guests are able to add themselves to the waitlist with ease without needing to interact with a Cast Member.
How does it work? When Guests click to search for dining reservations on the app, you’ll now see the “Now” option when searching by time for same day availability.
As of right now, the Mobile Dine Walk-Up Waitlist is only available at a few select restaurants, including Topolino’s Terrace, Kona, Sanaa, and Whispering Canyon Cafe, but it is expected to be rolled out to more restaurants in the near future. In addition, this option is only available for parties of seven or less. Parties of eight or more will still need to check at the restaurant podium to see about availability.
Keep in mind that it does seem that the Mobile Dine Walk-Up Waitlist is still in a testing phase.