Disney World Advance Dining Reservations

Due to the increased popularity of Disney’s Dining Plan, it is frequently impossible to just “walk up” and eat at a full-service restaurant, even in low season! If you are planning to try some of Disney’s excellent table-service restaurants and/or dinner shows while you are vacationing at Walt Disney World, it is important to make Disney World Advance Dining Reservations (formerly called Priority Seatings) online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

See below for lots of additional information and advice about Disney World Advance Dining Reservations, including lists of the hard-to-get and easier-to-get locations.

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Picking the Right Restaurants for You

It’s a very good idea to decide where you want to eat and make reservations well in advance of your vacation (see When to Reserve Your Table below). But how do you pick restaurants before you’ve even arrived in Orlando?

One great resource is The Disney Food Blog, which offers in-depth news and information about dining at Walt Disney World, as well as at other Disney’s parks, resorts, and cruise ships. If you have the time to work your way through all the blog posts, this is a free way to gather information.

Short on time or just want to skip straight to the pertinent information? The author and founder of The Disney Food Blog, AJ Wolfe, has compiled her best material about all things delicious at Walt Disney World into critically acclaimed, gorgeously illustrated e-Books that cover many different aspects of Walt Disney World dining.

When to Reserve Your Table

You can book your reservations 180 days in advance for Disney World restaurants.

Need to calculate when you can book your restaurant reservations? The link below goes to an outside site that is not affiliated with MouseSavers.com:

  • Priority Seating Calculator allows you to figure out when to call for those hard-to-get reservations for Hoop-Dee-Doo, Cinderella’s Royal Table, etc.

Thanks to Small World Vacations for information and updates.

Information and Advice About Advance Dining Reservations

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Reserving Online

The information below is especially useful if you plan to book any of the restaurants that are very hard to get and/or if you will be traveling at a peak time. If either or both of those situations apply to you, it’s critical to start getting your restaurant bookings set up as early as possible — ideally 180 days in advance.

Before your 180 day mark:

  1. Go to DisneyWorld.com/dining/ to familiarize yourself with the Disney restaurants and the dining system. For any restaurant that takes reservations, you can click on the restaurant name and then on the resulting page, look in the right hand column for menus. Make a list of your preferred dining locations.
  2. Create a daily itinerary, including which park you will tour and where you plan to eat. These two sites are useful when scheduling your days: DisneyWorld.com/calendars/ and TouringPlans.com. To help you figure out which restaurants to choose, see above.
  3. Make a list of all the reservations you need. Put the hard to get restaurants at the top of the list. Pick some alternates in case you can’t get all of your first choices.
  4. If you don’t already have an account set up on DisneyWorld.com, do so (use the “Sign in or Create Account” link in the upper right corner of the site).
  5. If you are staying on Disney property, link your room or package reservation to your account. Log in and go to My Disney Experience at the upper right. Use the pull down menu to select My Reservations and follow the directions from there. The purpose of linking your account is so that you’ll qualify to book Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) for 180 + 10 days from your arrival date.

Exactly 180 days from the day you check in, be ready to book your preferred dining locations online at 6:00 am ET at  DisneyWorld.com/dining/. Booking online gives you a one hour jump over calling for reservations.

  1. Have a credit card ready. (See below for a list of locations that require a credit card guarantee.)
  2. Log into your account.
  3. Choose your first restaurant and open the page for it.
  4. You’ll see a blue box marked “Check Availability” on the right, about halfway down the page. Pick your date and number of people in your party.
  5. Promptly at 6:00 am ET, click “Find a Table” and start making your reservations.

Tips and Tricks For Online Booking

The ability to book 180+10 days online, for guests staying on property, is not working consistently on Disney’s new website. If it doesn’t work for you, you’ll have to make your +10 days of reservations by phone at  (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463) starting at 7:00 am ET.

If you can’t get an ADR for one of the more popular locations such as Cinderella’s Royal Table, keep trying each day at the 180 day mark. It is rumored that Disney opens up more tables exactly 180 days prior to the day you want to dine.

Toward the end of your vacation, you might find better availability for the more popular locations such as Chef Mickey’s, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Le Cellier and 1900 Park Fare. This is because people arriving before you whose vacation overlaps your stay grabbed those ADRs during their 180 + 10 window.

Print out a list of your ADR confirmation numbers and bring it with you to each dining location, or save it as a PDF and email it to yourself so you can access it from your smartphone. Better safe than sorry.

Getting Through on the Phone Quickly

The fastest way to make your dining reservations is to use Disney’s online booking system.

If for some reason you need or want to use the phone, be aware that hold times can be long when calling Disney’s Dining Reservations department at (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463), particularly first thing in the morning (because of people trying to book super time-critical reservations like Cinderella’s Royal Table) and 180 days before any major holiday. You’ll usually get through more quickly on weekday evenings after about 8:00 pm ET. The reservations department is open 7:00 am to 11:00 pm ET.

One of the more aggravating aspects of the Dining Reservations phone system is that it tries to force you to respond to a large number of questions before you even reach a person. Those questions are providing demographic and marketing information for Disney. Since you’re making a toll call, our position is that it’s ridiculous for Disney to expect you to pay for its research!

Here’s how to get to a person more quickly. When the system asks if you are already in Orlando and/or need a reservation for the next 7 days, say yes (or press 1). This shaves at least a minute or two off by bypassing the demographic questions. It makes no difference otherwise.

Note that the system is now voice-activated but you can still press “1” or “2” in answer to the questions.

Restaurants That Require a Credit Card Guarantee or Prepayment

The following locations require full prepayment in advance, using a credit card. Generally if you don’t cancel them by two days before the event, you get no refund. Check their cancellation terms carefully, as they can change any time.

As of 10/31/13, all other table-service dining locations that take reservations require a credit card guarantee. Your credit card will be charged $10 per person ($25 per person for Victoria & Albert’s) if you don’t either show up for the reservation or cancel by the previous day. The latest you can cancel and avoid the charge is 11:59 pm Eastern Time of the night before, though there is no one answering the phones after 11:00 pm, so to cancel after that point you would need to do it online.

Note that if some of your party can’t make the reservation, that’s not a problem. As long as at least one person shows up to take the reservation, no one will be charged the fee.

Canceling Reservations

Dining reservations made online can be canceled online or on the phone. Dining reservations made over the phone typically need to be canceled over the phone. To cancel online, log into MyDisneyExperience and if the dining reservation is not already linked to your account, link it using the “link a reservation” feature. You’ll need the confirmation code you were given when you made the reservation. Once your reservation is linked, just click the “cancel reservation” link next to the reservation in question. To cancel over the phone, call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463) or (407) WDW-CNCL (939-2625).

If you know the same day that you won’t be able to make the reservation, but can make an earlier or later time, you can call the reservation line and ask if there is any availability earlier or later. Typically there is no charge to move the reservation time for the same restaurant. Changing from one restaurant to another, however, will typically incur the cancellation charge.

If you miss your reservation but you are able to get to the restaurant within an hour or two afterward, it may be worth explaining your circumstances to the Cast Members at the check-in desk. They might waive the fee if you have a really good excuse (sick kid, bus broke down). This is entirely at the management’s discretion. You can also call the dining line and explain the situation, but there are no guarantees that they will waive the fee.

Important tip: Cancelling a Disney resort reservation does not automatically cancel your Advance Dining Reservations!

Restaurants You Really Must Book in Advance

If you want to attend the Cinderella’s Royal Table Character Breakfast, it is critical to either book online or call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463) at 7:00 am ET, 180 days in advance. It sells out within minutes each day when reservations open. (Lunch and dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table sell out quickly, too.) Full prepayment in advance is required for Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Please note: Due to refurbishments at Cinderella’s Royal Table, Cinderella’s Dining will be re-located to Citricos in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from January 8, 2015 through March 2015. Breakfast and brunch hours will be 8:00 am – 2:20 pm.

The Chef’s Table at Victoria and Albert’s in the Grand Floridian Resort also sells out every morning, exactly 180 days in advance. There is only one Chef’s Table seating each night and it is not available Wednesdays and Fridays. We recommend you book online, but you can also call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463) at 7:00 am ET, 180 days in advance.

Reservations are required for these locations — you will never get a walk-up table:

Also, during the Free Dining promotion, almost all table service dining locations will be fully booked up. It is critical to have reservations during that time period! Disney does usually add some extra hours to certain restaurants (i.e, Chef Mickey’s, which is not normally open for lunch, often offers lunch during the Free Dining period; other restaurants may have extended hours for lunch), so if you find yourself without a reservation, that might be worth a try.

Can’t get a reservation at the restaurant you want?

Don’t want to make reservations?

Then be prepared for very limited or even zero choices, particularly if you are visiting during a weekend, holiday, summer or Spring Break period (mid-February through mid-April). Don’t count on being able to walk up at ANY of the table-service restaurants in Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios at any time of year. If you must do walk-up seating, your best bets for table-service dining are:

Lounge Meals Without Reservations

All of the on-property lounges serve meals or snacks, so this is a way to walk up and eat on a first-come, first-served basis. Some lounges offer a full menu from the associated restaurant, while others have only lighter “snack” type options. In general, the Tables in Wonderland discount is applicable at most Disney-owned lounges (and covers food and all beverages), but Disney’s Dining Plans are not accepted at most lounges. Some of the best bets for a full meal in a lounge are:

Resort Lunches Without Reservations

A few Disney resort table-service restaurants are open at lunch. They are usually not busy in the middle of the day, when most people are in the theme parks. Not only are these usually easy tables to get, they provide a relaxing break from the crowds. Try:

Other Walk-Up Options