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.

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 date and time and party size.

All queries should start by defining the date and time you want to eat, as well as the requested party size. You should include all members of your party in the count, including babies. You can choose a specific time or look more broadly at a general meal such as “Lunch.”

4. Set your filters.

There are several ways to refine your restaurant search. If you know the name of the restaurant you want to reserve, you can input that in the “Search within Dining” field to immediately focus on that one location.

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

For example, below I am looking for a restaurant in EPCOT on June 19 for a party of two. I’ll eat American, Asian, British, Cajun, or Bakery cuisine.

5. Search times.

Click the “Search Times” button to see what your options are.

6. Select a reservation time.

My search was pretty narrow due to the limited number of cuisines I selected, so the only options available at that date in the lunch time hours were at Rose & Crown. My preference for 1:30 was not available, but they did give me other options. I selected noon.

7. Select your dining party.

You’ll then be asked to select the members of your dining party. Presumably this will be yourself and others that you are traveling with. Click “Next” on the lower right when you’re done.

8. Select your 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.

9. Add any food allergy or other special request information.

You can skip this step if no one in your party has any food allergies or other special needs. If you do have allergies or special needs, click on the “Add” button.

This brings you to a page where you select common allergens to avoid or to request wheelchair accessible seating. There’s also additional information about medical issues related to dining. Be sure to click on “Done” after you’ve checked the appropriate allergy boxes for your needs.

10. Reserve your meal.

The last steps in making a table service meal reservation at Disney World are to input reservation contact info (your email and mobile phone number), read and agree to the Guest Policies (you will not be allowed to make a reservation without agreeing to the Guest Policies), and then click on the “Reserve” button.

Now you have your reservation!

You will get a confirmation screen and an email with confirmation information. The reservation may also be automatically added to your My Disney Experience account.

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

 

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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.

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

  • May 20, 2021 at 6:36 pm
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    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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  • September 22, 2021 at 1:45 pm
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    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

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  • November 2, 2021 at 11:01 pm
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    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!

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    • November 3, 2021 at 10:04 am
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      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

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  • December 30, 2021 at 5:36 pm
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    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?

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    • December 30, 2021 at 6:39 pm
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      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.

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      • December 30, 2021 at 7:44 pm
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        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!

  • March 27, 2022 at 5:49 pm
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    Question: We will be a party of 11. Will I need to call in or can I reserve dining for a party this large?

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