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TouringPlans Dining Reservation Finder

If you have a TouringPlans account, try our Dining Reservation Finder, a tool that can notify you when a reservation you seek becomes available.

Do I Need A Reservation To Dine At Disney World?

Many first time guests are surprised to find out how important making dining reservations ahead of time is to their trips. The short answer is "yes, you do need to make a reservation." The longer answer is "most of time yes, but don't freak out about it." We'll walk you through the process and help you prioritize what you need to do here. We'll also talk about what to do when you can't get the reservation you wanted.

When Can I Make My Dining Reservations?

Guests with a hotel stay booked with one of Disney's owned and operated resorts can book for 10 days of their stay up to 180 days before the day they check in. What does that mean? Let's say you're checking into Disney's Pop Century Resort on January 1 and staying for 7 nights. On July 5 of the previous year, you can start to book your dining reservations for the whole duration of your stay. If your stay is longer than 10 nights, your window will open days 11 on each subsequent day. So July 6, you'll get one more day of reservations you can book. If you are not staying in a Disney hotel, or haven't made your hotel reservation yet, you can make your plans 180 days ahead of the date you want your reservation without the 10 extra days of your trip. Don't worry, it'll make sense when you do it.

Pro Tip

Disney charges a $10-to-$25-per-person penalty for missing a reservation, or if you cancel on the day of the meal.

What Do I Need Before I Start?

First and foremost, you will need to have your My Disney Experience account set up. And if you're staying onsite, you'll need your hotel reservation linked to your account. Additionally, it will speed things up if you have all the members of your dining party linked as Friends or Family to your My Disney Experience account. Next, you'll need your credit card handy to guarantee each reservation against no-shows (more on this later).

Make Your Reservations

By far, the easiest way to make Disney dining reservations is through Disney's web site or the My Disney Experience app on your phone. You can also call ☎ 407-WDW-DINE, 939-3463, but if you know what you want - why do that, it's just slower. The web site and app will show you what's available for your dining party size and if the exact you want isn't open, Disney will offer you times within two hours if available. When you make your reservation (and each one is done separately) watch your email for your confirmation number. That will be helpful if anything goes wrong when you show up. The web site opens up reservations at 6AM Eastern time, the phones open one hour later at 7AM.

When Is It Most Important To Make Dining Reservations?

If you have booked a Disney vacation package with the Dining option (not Quick Service), you should make a point of getting your dining in line. Why? Because you're paying for the meals whether they're the one you wanted or not. Moreover, if you have your heart set on a particular restaurant or a very popular time (like a 7:00 PM dinner) you should make your plans as soon as possible.

Which Disney Restaurants Are The Hardest Reservations To Get?

Most character meals, especially breakfast, have a high demand. Cinderella's Royal Table was at one point so difficult to get a breakfast reservation for that we had to write up a step by step plan just to get it. Thankfully things are better now due to the popularity of Magic Kingdom's Be Our Guest and Disney's raising the price at Cindy's (you may bemoan it, but it's Econ 101: when demand outpaces supply, increase prices). Some restaurants are hard to score a reservation for just because they're so small - the Plaza at Magic Kingdom is an example of this.

No-Show Fees

As noted earlier, Disney charges a per-person penalty if you fail to show up for a reservation the day of the meal. A $10 no-show fee is enforced at all Disney sit-down restaurants; at Victoria & Albert’s, it’s $25 for the main dining room, $50 for Queen Victoria’s Room and Chef’s Table (the latter two also require 48 hours’ notice to cancel a reservation).

Is My Trip Ruined If I Didn't Get My Reservation?

Short answer, no. Long answer, don't get pulled into the hype - it takes a lot to ruin a vacation and not getting your Princess breakfast is pretty far down the list. Here are some other options to avoid starving at Walt Disney World:

  • Be flexible - can't get your first choice? Have some backups in mind.
  • Eat quick service meals - they're fast and relatively cheap.
  • Try Open Table - many restaurants both in the parks and especially in Disney Springs can be booked through Open Table when Disney's web site isn't showing availability.
  • Keep trying - check back from time to time before your trip to see if something has opened up.
  • Try our reservation finder.
  • Try a walk-in - you may be seated if you show up right when a restaurant opens, but this is by no means guaranteed.

Last updated on July 27, 2018

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