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Step by Step: How to Make a Walt Disney World Dining Reservation Online

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We’ve talked you through how to make a Walt Disney World hotel reservation online. Now here’s the scoop on how to make a Disney World table service dining reservation online. To use the app for this, check out Jennifer’s post.

Before we start, also note that you can call Disney at 407-939-3463 to make dining reservation by phone (although Disney is now trying to discourage this) or, if you’ve been working with a travel agent, they may be able to make dining reservations for you as part of their service. Additionally, some non-Disney-owned restaurants with locations at Walt Disney World allow reservations to be made via Open Table or by calling the restaurant directly.

Also note, Disney World currently allows guests to make dining reservations on their website up to 60 days in advance. If you’re staying on property, that window is expanded by the length of your stay, up to an additional 10 days. This means that if you’re staying on site, you can make reservations for your entire trip (assuming it’s not more than 10 days long) at the 60 day mark rather than having to log in every successive day to make more reservations. Disney sometimes tinkers with the reservation window timing; pre-pandemic the window was 180 days in advance. Be sure to double check the current dining booking window as soon as you make your plan to visit.

1. Go to the website disneyworld.disney.go.com.

If you haven’t yet created a Disney account, you’ll need to create one. If you do have a Disney account, sign in. Note: If you have an account with some other Disney property (Disney+ TV, for example), the login information will likely work for this as well.

If you have a Disney hotel stay booked, take a quick peek at My Plans in the My Disney Experience tab to make sure that your stay is properly linked to your account.

2. Go to the “Things to Do” menu on Disney World homepage and scroll down to “Dining” and then click on “Make Reservations.”

3. Choose your requested party size.

You should include all members of your party in the count, including babies.

Note: The party size selection tool allows you to choose up to 20 guests in your party. Although this is an option, most WDW restaurants are unable to accommodate parties of more than 6 or 8 in a single reservation. If you have a party of more than about 8, then you may have luck finding a reservation if you break your group into two smaller parties.

4. Choose your desired date. 

4a. Or choose a range of dates for a particular restaurant.

Beginning in March 2024, Disney added the ability to search for a particular restaurant on a range of dates, not just a single day. (High fives all around for this most welcome update!)

You can get at this feature in two ways. First, you can follow the steps above, selecting a single desired date. Your result will look something like the photo below, with the additional option to “Check Availability for Multiple Days.” So if, for example, you initially wanted to eat breakfast at Boma on March 20, but wondered it there were different times available on different days, then you could look at this via the “Multiple Days” link.

Look for the “Check Availability for Multiple Days” option.

4b. You can also now look at a range of dates from the main page of any WDW restaurant.

For example, if you want to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table, but you don’t care which day of your trip you do this, then should enter the restaurant name in the main WDW website search bar. When you get the restaurant page, look for “Check Available Days.”

Check available days.

Click that option and you’re take to a calendar where you can select a date range of up to ten days.

Calendar selection page.
Dates become colored as you select them.

Your results will include all the availability for that restaurant in your specified date range.

5. Choose your approximate desired dining time. At this point your options are “all day,” “morning,” “afternoon,” or “evening.”

If you’ve searched for range of dates, you might see that there is some availability on some days (as in the Cinderella’s Royal Table example above), but there may not be openings during the daypart you want. For example, there were dinners at CRT above, but if I click “Before 12:00 PM,: I can see that there is no breakfast availability on any of my selected days.

No breakfast openings in a date range.

6. Set your filters.

The next screen will bring you to a giant alphabetical list of all dining options available at your selected date and time.

To narrow your options, click the “all filters” button.



If you only want to look for locations in a specific theme park, hotel, or other area, select that via the “Locations” boxes. Or if you want to search by type of dining experience, cuisine, price range, etc., you can further narrow your search using those boxes.

For example, below I am looking for a restaurant in EPCOT on October 23 for a party of two. I’ll eat American, Asian, British, Cajun, or Bakery cuisine.

Note: If you already know which restaurant you want to reserve, you can just input this is in the general search bar at the top right of the main WDW page. You can make reservations there directly. 

These filters brings my restaurant choice set from dozens of restaurants to just six.

7. Select your dining time.

You’ll see above that each restaurant shows your options for dining times. Akershus, a popular character dining venue, has only one time available on my chosen date. Rose & Crown shows four open times, plus more times available.

Clicking on “more times” shows more availability.

8. Set your reservation.

When I clicked on one of the Rose & Crown time options (6:05), I was immediately taken to the page to confirm my reservation.

9. Select any necessary accommodations.

This is where you’ll indicate if someone in your party has one or more food allergies or needs their seating to be wheelchair accessible.

10. Next, you’ll identify the primary contact for the reservations (typically this will be yourself) and select a payment method. 


Booking a table service meal reservation through Disney requires the use of a credit or debit card to hold the reservation. You will be charged a $10 per person cancellation fee if you don’t show for your reservation. (See more about this on our Table Service FAQ page.) When you’re at the restaurant later, you can choose another method of payment for your food; it doesn’t have to be the one you input here.


Now you have your reservation!

11. Double check that your reservation “took.”

You will get a confirmation screen and an email with confirmation information. Make note of your confirmation number.

The reservation may also be automatically added to your My Disney Experience account in the “My Plans” section. If it isn’t there, use the confirmation number to manually add the reservation to your plans.

Have any questions about making dining reservations? Let us know in the comments.


Originally published May 2021. Updates: September 2023, March 2024.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

10 thoughts on “Step by Step: How to Make a Walt Disney World Dining Reservation Online

  • When can you make dining reservations for days after the first 10 days?

    • After the first 10 days, you’ll have to make reservations daily for subsequent days.

  • Question: We will be a party of 11. Will I need to call in or can I reserve dining for a party this large?

  • I am staying on site, so I can make dining reservations for the duration of my trip at the 60 day mark. When I hit the 60 day mark, will the reservation dates on the website automatically extend out to the end of my trip? Because the system seems to be set up so that each day, it only shows availability for the next 60 days. When I’m at the 60 day mark, will it show availability for the next 68 days (covering my 8 day trip)? Or, is there some other way I access dining availability for the duration of my stay?

    • Hi Karen – As long as your WDW hotel reservation is linked to your account, your entire length reservation will be available for booking dining at the 60 day mark. The days that are currently greyed out will become clickable at that point.

      • Great, thank you! I am hoping for a Space 220 reservation, and wanted to make sure I understand the reservation process as soon as I become eligible. Much appreciated!

  • My husband and I have been trying to make reservations for three days during Thanksgiving. We are flexible we times and places. We have not been able to make one reservation. We need help please!

    • I’m looking at the WDW website and see a few openings for table service meals during Thanksgiving weekend, but the pickings are slim. Reservations open 60 days in advance and they tend to go quickly during busy times like holidays. There are lots of great quick service dining options at all the theme parks and resorts, so you’re certainly not out of luck for eating during your trip. Another idea is to try our Reservation Finder tool that will text you when restaurants have reservation openings. Good luck! https://touringplans.com/walt-disney-world/reservation-finder

  • We traveled pre-pandemic (Apr. 2019), and had very specific restaurants and times we wanted to visit. My travel agent and I used a “divide & conquer” strategy: we split the list in half, and the *very moment* our ADR window opened (4 a.m. in my time zone!), we immed. got to work. With only 1 exception, we got everything we’d hoped for, at pretty much preferred times. If you can get someone to help, it really does increase your chances of scoring what you want

  • Great story for making reservations. A little refresher course never hurts. Any inside news on the Disney Dining plan coming back?


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