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The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations

by Mommy Frog on May 23, 2022 116 Los Angeles

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You frog fans know we're all about vacation and theme park planning, especially when it comes to Disneyland. So it's no surprise that we're all about making Disneyland dining reservations as soon as our booking window opens up. While getting last-minute Disneyland dining reservations isn't quite as hard as it sometimes is at Walt Disney World, those who plan in advance have an advantage over those who do not. Dining windows are filing up 60 days out (usually at 6 a.m.). Some locations are harder to get into than others (cough, cough ... Blue Bayou and Carthay Circle). And with more and more dining locations opening up following Disneyland's reopening, it's especially important to plan ahead.

The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations - Lobster Nachos

In the latest restaurant news, Disneyland brought back the show and parade dining packages and character dining experiences, which may be changing as character meet and greets return. Woohoo! Sadly, Disneyland has also announced permanent closures of two hotel restaurants: Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel and PCH Grill (home of the Donald Duck Seaside Breakfast) at Paradise Pier Hotel. We are hopping to find out what will replace them.

If you're visiting in 2022, get those Disneyland dining reservations in place as early as possible. After all, the early frog gets the flies! Demand is high for dining right now, so that means getting up in the middle of the night to book 60 days in advance or frequently checking the app. We've put together this post as the ultimate guide to making Disneyland dining reservations.

What to Know About Disneyland Dining Reservations Right Now

The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations - Monte Cristo and Pommes Frites

As Disneyland returns to more normal operations, dining options are limited, and demand is high for all table-service reservations. Book your Disneyland dining reservations as soon as you can! These open up to 60 days in advance, but some locations do not book that far in advance, so keep checking back if you cannot find a reservation. More and more restaurants are opening or changing hours all the time.

It's tricky to figure out exactly what time dining reservations go live these days. Recently reservation started getting released at 6 a.m. (but occasionally some pop up at 3 a.m.). If you do not see any availability for your restaurant, we have also seen reservations pop up as more get released as the morning moves on. However, we've also seen times get released in the afternoon or even a few days later! That means if you don't see what you're looking for early, keep checking throughout the day and as time goes on. Some holidays get released after the 60-day mark. You may even pick up someone else's cancellation if you keep checking. Also, try adjusting your party size or dining time if you can't find what you want. You can usually add or subtract a guest when you check in on the day of.

Things are operating a little differently right now. Disneyland limits capacity through a theme park reservation system. You'll need both a valid theme park ticket and a park reservation for the same park on the same day to enter a theme park (dining reservations don't get you entry into the park). Park hoppers need to reserve the theme park they wish to enter first and then may hop after 1 p.m. if there's availability. Plan your reservations around that schedule.

You can book for the days you hope to get reservations for (and remember to cancel if you cannot visit that day). Or, you can make your theme park reservation before booking dining. We book dining just in case and cancel if our theme park plans change.

What About Virtual Queues?

Virtual queues are not in use for rides right now. We will leave info about them here a minute in case they return. for now, only shows such as World of Color have a virtual queue and should not affect dining.  Virtual queues for rides can be a little tricky to plan around dining reservations. A common problem is your Boarding Group getting called, and it occurs at or near a time that conflicts with your dining reservation. In the past when it's happened to us, we hop by the restaurant first to see what we should do. Restaurant reservation usually take priority over Boarding Groups.

We personally have managed to get in to dine sooner or several hours later than scheduled to accommodate our Boarding Group. Although we've also had some restaurants give us problems if we do not check in with them before riding. We take screenshots of our reservation and Boarding Group just in case so that nothing disappears after our reservation's time passes. We can usually add or subtract a guest from the reservation as people's plans or hunger levels change. We've always found the restaurants to be very accommodating to our changing needs as long as we have a reservation and communicate.

Which Restaurants Are Open?

The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations - Carthay Circle Lounge Food

All table-service locations have reopened (but some temporarily close to undergo refurbishment from time to time). A few restaurants have shorter hours or may serve fewer meals. Our post on what's open at Disneyland has a full list of the rides, experiences and restaurants that are available to enjoy!

Be sure to look at menus ahead of time as offerings may be limited at this time. For example, the Monte Cristo at Cafe Orleans is now a half order and it comes with pommes frites. You cannot order a basket or side of pommes frites. They only come with the Monte Cristo and three-cheese Monte Cristo. But overall, we are seeing more and more menus returning to normal.

What's New in Disneyland Dining?

The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations - Wearing Mask at Table

You will make all your Disneyland reservations online or through the Disneyland app. You can no longer call a Disneyland Dining line. If you have any food allergies or other dietary concerns, or you want to order a gluten-free Monte Cristo at least 24 hours in advance, you can now email special.diets@disneyland.com.

Besides a limited number of choices of restaurants, there are few new changes. You can now join a Walk-Up List at select table-service restaurants. When you approach the restaurant, pull up the Disneyland app, type in the restaurant name and tap Join-Walk-Up List. A notice should tell you if the restaurant is at capacity, but you might get lucky. You might want to use this strategy when you cannot find a reservation. Another strategy is to keep checking for openings as your visit approaches. You might pick up a cancellation, especially the day before when people have to cancel or face a charge.

As mentioned above, you can still make reservations for Lamplight Lounge; however, the upstairs part (Boardwalk Dining) only has walk-up availability. So if you cannot get a reservation, you might still have access to those delicious lobster nachos!

Character dining is returning to normal. And the wait is over for Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar. You can make reservations instead of waiting several hours for this popular tropical-themed destination.

Dining packages are back for parades and shows.

The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations - Lady and birthday Mickey cakeWhen you make a reservation online or through the app, you can now add a celebration cake to the reservation. It's a fun way to surprise someone in your party or celebrate a special occasion.

Are There Parade or Show Viewing Packages?

Yes! Dining packages have returned! We enjoyed the Christmas Fantasy Parade package last holiday season. Each parade or show's link has all the deets. There is a Plaza Inn dining package for the Main Street Electrical Parade. The lunch includes a meal at Plaza Inn and has a voucher for a separate, reserved viewing area for the nighttime parade.

At Disney California Adventure Park, there are two World of Color dining packages and a dessert party. Reservations for the seated dessert party are open now. The two dining packages include a three-course lunch or dinner at Wine Country Trattoria or a buffet dinner at Storytellers Café in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. For the dining packages, you make a normal reservation for the appropriate meals and tell your server you'd like to upgrade to the dining package when you arrive. Dining packages come with vouchers for standing viewing areas.

Fantasmic! dining package reservation are open now. You can dine at Blue Bayou (reserve for lunch or dinner and upgrade to the package with your server), River Belle Terrace (the 7:15 p.m. premium package has viewing from your table or you can reserve lunch or dinner and upgrade for a reserved area) and at the Hungry Bear quick-service restaurant with an on-the-go package. All three restaurants offer great views of the show near the water's edge.

What about Downtown Disney?

Top Tips for Visiting Downtown Disney-Diner at Jazz Kitchen with food and plexiglass barrierDon't froget about Downtown Disney! The shopping and dining district is hopping with restaurant choices and fun. Here's the inside scoop on every Downtown Disney restaurant. If you leave the park with a rumbling belly, there is plenty to eat in Downtown Disney. You can make reservations for most Downtown Disney restaurants through the Disneyland app.

When and How to Make Disneyland Dining Reservations

Disneyland Dining Reservations - Mint Julep

For Disneyland dining reservations, the booking window opens 60 days in advance. Two months might seem too far out to book a dining reservation, but for Disneyland, it's not. However, sometimes Disneyland does not release reservations until just a few weeks out. So if you do not see what you are looking for, be sure to hop back again and again as more dates are released for some restaurants. What time do reservations go live? Some restaurants seem to go live at 3 a.m. PST; others shortly after 6 a.m. Sometimes in the afternoon too. It's tough to figure out. We frogs have lost sleep trying to reserve our future dining!

If you know when you will be visiting, you can use the online reservation system or Disneyland app to reserve your spot at restaurants in Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney and the three on-site hotels. It's also a good idea to reserve your character dining experiences in advance. It's easy to make (and cancel or change) reservations through the Disneyland mobile app.

Depending on the restaurant and dates of your visit, you might need to reserve early. You can often find Disneyland dining reservations with a shorter notice on weekdays, especially during less busy times. But during the Disneyland phased reopening, reservations have booked up very quickly. If you're booking for a weekend, a holiday or other busy times at Disneyland, you’ll want to book as early as possible.

If you're looking to enjoy a romantic meal at Blue Bayou Disneyland, snatch up one of the few Lamplight Lounge reservations or have a fine dining experience at Carthay Circle, it’s best to book 60 days in advance if you can. That being said, we've hoppened upon last-minute cancellations that have popped up, as well. So don't give up! If you don't find what you are looking for, keep checking. People may change plans and cancel last minute and you can pick that up. The walk-up lists have made it easier to get into restaurants in person if you can't find a reservation.

If you're like me and like to keep your frogs all lined up in a row, reserve as soon as you know your travel dates. Less worry + less stress = a relaxing good time! If you do not like to wait for shows or get stressed about getting a good spot, you can also reserve dining packages. The packages provide a voucher for viewing shows or certain parades.

Disneyland Restaurants That Accept Dining Reservations

Disneyland Dining Reservations - Blue Bayou

If you want to make advance Disneyland dining reservations, here are the restaurants that accept reservations (some of these experiences are temporarily unavailable):

  • Blue Bayou is located in New Orleans Square. Its romantic seating overlooks part of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. It's always evening in there no matter what time you dine. Lunch reservations book up quickly. Ask your server about upgrading to a Fantasmic! Dining Package with a voucher for watching Fantasmic! New adult drinks have arrived — a Hurricane on a hot day sounds perfect!
  • Café Orleans, also in New Orleans Square, has both indoor and outdoor tables with a view of the Rivers of America. Lunch reservations book up faster than dinner. It's the place to get your Monte Cristo and pommes frites.
  • Plaza Inn on Main Street does not require or take reservations for lunch or dinner, but advance reservations are highly recommended for the Minnie and Friends character breakfast.
  • Plaza Inn, at times, offers dining packages for parade viewing (or fireworks viewing on New Year's Eve or the Fourth of July).
  • Carnation Café on Main Street does take reservations for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but you can join a a walk-up list if there is availability.
  • River Belle Terrace has indoor dining and outdoor dining with a view of the Rivers of America. It serves lunch and dinner. You can book lunch or dinner and upgrade to the Fantasmic! dining package prix fixe meal with vouchers for viewing Fantasmic! You can also reserve at 7:15 for the premium package to dine and watch the show from your table.
  • The Hungry Bear restaurant is a quick-service restaurant that also offers reservations for on-the-go Fantasmic! meals that you can take with you or enjoy at the restaurant tables. You will receive a voucher for a Fantasmic! viewing area.
  • Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience is back and this time it includes dinner. Make a reservation to sit in the the balcony lounge at the Tomorrowland Expo Center. It's open nightly and includes dinner, sides, dessert and hot or cold nonalcoholic beverages. If fireworks are shown that night, you'll be in for a sweet view of the show.
  • Over in a galaxy far, far away, you can make reservations for Oga's Cantina, the watering hole of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. This is the only place you can buy alcohol inside Disneyland park besides Blue Bayou and the exclusively private Club 33. The process for making Oga's Cantina reservations is a little different from Disneyland's other restaurants. Oga's now allows 60-day advance reservations, so hop on over to that post for the most current scoop on how to get in (with or without your droids).

Disney California Adventure Restaurants That Accept Dining Reservations

The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations - Carthay Circle Entrance

California Adventure table-service restaurants that accept reservations include:

  • Lamplight Lounge is a gastropub located on Pixar Pier. Enjoy bubbly cocktails and fun eats (lunch and dinner) with a view of the water and Pixar Pier. Hop in for delicious brunch Friday through Sunday!
  • Lamplight Lounge — Boardwalk Dining offers some "shorts" to share and drinks. Check the app for walk-up availability. No reservations taken.
  • Magic Key Terrace is the newest addition to the Disneyland dining reservation system. This fun spot is open to Magic Key holders and their guests. It has drinks that are themed to Disney California Adventure and savory bites to share. It's open during refurbishment.
  • Carthay Circle books up well in advance, depending on the season. If you can’t get into this retro fine dining establishment, the swanky lounge and lobby have some tasty bar bites and cocktails that are sure to satisfy any walk-in. People tend to line up for the lounge before Carthay Circle opens for lunch around 11:30 a.m. and around 4:30 p.m. for dinner (hours are reduced at this time).
  • Carthay Circle — Alfresco Dining offers smaller bites at lunch and dinner outside on the patio.
  • Wine Country Trattoria: Reservations are recommended to dine where Napa Valley meets Tuscany. This location offers World of Color dining packages. You can upgrade at the restaurant.
  • World of Color Dessert Party: This is not a restaurant, but it is a delicious way to relax and watch the World of Color while eating dessert and enjoying a beverage. Adult beverages are available.

Disneyland Dining Reservations - Lamplight Lounge

Downtown Disney Restaurants That Accept Dining Reservations

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The Disneyland dining reservation system also includes most restaurants in Downtown Disney, which is within a hop, skip and jump of both parks. There are many choices! Our old favorite is Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, but Splitsville Luxury Lanes offers mouthwatering spins on classics such as ahi tuna, filet sliders, grilled avocado and hand-tossed pizzas. If you drool over freshly baked bread, then perhaps La Brea Bakery is for you. (Ballast Point Brewing has reservations available through OpenTable.) If you cannot get a reservation for Downtown Disney locations, they often have space for walk-ins.

Disney Hotel Restaurants That Accept Dining Reservations

The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations - Storytellers Dinner with steak and broccoli

There are some great restaurants in the hotels. One of our favorites for a nice, relaxing dinner (sometimes without Tad and Lily!) is Napa Rose at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. There is also Storytellers Café for a family meal. Two hotels offer character breakfasts/brunches, as well as a character dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen. The newest character dining to join the lineup is the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures Experience. This brunch brings princesses to Napa Rose Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m until 11 a.m.

Hotel restaurants that accept dining reservations include:

  • Napa Rose - For character breakfast and high-end dinner without characters.
  • Storytellers Café - Character dining breakfast buffet and dinner buffet without characters. You can upgrade dinner to a World of Color dining package.
  • GCH Craftsman Bar - An outdoor poolside bar.
  • Goofy's Kitchen - Character breakfast and dinner.
  • Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar - You can sit outside with walk-up availability.

Disneyland Character Dining Experiences

The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations — Tiana (Character Dining)

Disneyland offers some fun character dining experiences available in the parks and some on-site hotels. We always recommend getting Disneyland dining reservations at the following locations:

  • Goofy’s Kitchen is located in the Disneyland Hotel. Goofy’s Kitchen offers buffet dining at breakfast (brunch fare served at breakfast) and dinner.
  • Mickey's Tales of Adventure is a buffet located in the Storytellers Café in the Grand Californian. Storytellers Cafe also offers a daily breakfast and brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Brunch includes the same breakfast choices, along with lunch specials.
  • Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures is the newest character breakfast at the Napa Rose in the Grand Californian. This option is available Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Breakfast and brunch selections are served the whole time.
  • Plaza Inn in Disneyland has a Minnie and Friends character breakfast in the park.

If you happen to have Plaza Inn reservations (or Oga's Cantina reservations) before or at park opening, use the designated entrance to the left. Arrive early, bring proof of your reservation and you can enter the park to make your reservation on time.

Dining Packages That Accept Disneyland Dining Reservations

Reserved dining packages at Disneyland Resort restaurants provide a prix fixe meal or an on-the-go meal with a voucher for priority viewing for shows such as Fantasmic! and World of Color. At times, there are limited-time parade dining packages, so always be on the lookout for those. In fact, dining packages will return for the Main Street Electrical Parade which returns April 22 for a limited time. There are no refunds on dining packages should the shows get canceled or experience technical difficulties.

Fantasmic! Packages are live.

Fantasmic! dining packages include:

  • Hungry Bear on-the-go meals that you can take with you or enjoy at the restaurant tables. You will receive a voucher for a viewing area. Reservations made from 3 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. have vouchers for the first show. Reservations from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. are for the second show. This is the most affordable package.
  • Blue Bayou Disneyland (three-course, prix fixe table-service): At this time you can upgrade lunch or dinner to a dining package that gives you a voucher for a reserved viewing location.
  • River Belle Terrace's has two options. You cannot reserve the standard package. Ask your server to upgrade lunch or dinner to a parade viewing package. Or you can reserve the Premium Package with seating at 7:15 p.m. to watch the 9 p.m. show from your table on the outdoor patio.

The vouchers for Fantasmic! will list the viewing area, the time you should arrive and show performance time. Arrive earlier than posted if sitting in front is important. Seating is on the ground, but guests with disabilities will be accommodated. People in wheelchairs will be seated at the back, but will be able to see above the guests seated in front of them. Guests in standby areas will be standing room only.

World of Color Packages

The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations-World of Color Dessert Party food and beverageWorld of Color has several different dining packages, including three-course menu dining packages, a buffet dinner and a seated dessert party. All dining locations are separate from the viewing area and give you a voucher to view the show from a reserved viewing area, except for the dessert party. The dessert party takes place at tables in the viewing area.

Here are the World of Color dining package options:

  • Wine Country Trattoria: Lunch or dinner three-course, prix fixe menu.
  • World of Color Dessert Party: Dine at tables in a preferred viewing area with treats and a beverage while you watch the show. This is a pre-paid event.
  • Buffet Dinner at Storytellers Café (located in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa): All-you-care-to-eat buffet and nonalcoholic beverage (must have theme park admission to enter the park). Diners get a box of macarons to enjoy later or during the show.

Plaza Inn Packages (back for Main Street Electrical Parade!)

The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations-Main Street Electrical Parade Package FoodAt certain times, there are dining packages that offer reserved parade viewing or reserved dining for special events. The packages may vary. For parades, you can make a reservation to eat lunch at a quick-service restaurant to receive a voucher. The voucher gives you access to a reserved viewing area later. Plaza Inn most commonly offers parade packages and even a fireworks meal and viewing package for New Year's Eve and Fourth of July.

You can make it a magical day at Disneyland when you book the Main Street Electrical Parade dining package at Plaza Inn in 2022. Each package comes with one lunch entree, dessert and drink, a voucher that provides access to the parade's viewing area and a Plaza Inn credential.

How to Make Disneyland Dining Reservations? Plus More Tips

The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations-Dale joins a guest at table at Storyteller's CafeI like the flexibility of the online system and Disneyland app. They allow me to see what times are available or easily check different days. It's not easy to get a person on the phone these days. Plus there is no on-hold time, making it more convenient for a busy parent. Certain events or dining packages are not available through the app, so be sure to check online or call if you don’t see what you are looking for through the app. Keep in mind that hold times have been longer than usual, so use the app and Disneyland site as much as you can.

Keep in mind that all Disneyland dining reservations require a credit card deposit. If you can’t keep your reservation, be sure to cancel with at least 24 hours' notice. Otherwise, your card will be charged $10 per person. On the other hand, if you reserve a party of four and only three show up, you will not be charged. Only if the whole party no-shows. Most restaurants require 24 hours' notice of cancellation, but be sure to check the cancellation policy when you make the reservation. Certain restaurants (such as those during special events and holidays) may require up to 72 hours' notice.

If your plans change last-minute and you cannot cancel same-day, see if you can modify and re-book for a future date. If you can, great. If that date will not work, you can cancel that at least a day in advance to avoid paying the fee.

If your restaurant has no availability, check for other party sizes. It's easier to modify a party size at the restaurant (to add or subtract people) than to get into a full restaurant when you don't have a reservation. But if you can't get in, you can always check in with the restaurant's cast members or join the Walk-Up List in the app. Lunch service usually starts at about 11 a.m. and dinner starts at 4 p.m. If you can eat during the off-times (such as a 3 p.m. lunch or early dinner), they may be able to fit you in better. That comes in handy if you have jetlag and are hungry at odd times.

Be willing to wake up to make reservations right at 6 a.m., 60 days before your visit. And keep checking if you do not see what you want. Remember to check to walk-up availability in the parks if you can't get a reservation. We've had pretty good luck with it! This is all you need to know to successfully reserve your dining experience through the Disneyland dining reservation system.

Have a tip for making a Disneyland dining reservation that we haven't mentioned? Share in the comments below, then let us know your favorite Disneyland table-service restaurant!

Related: Best Disneyland Quick-Service Restaurants

Related: Uncovering the Disneyland Secret Menu Items

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jun 28, 2022 at 6:44 p.m. Eric Says...

We are making an impromptu visit to Disneyland and CA Adventure. Have no dining reservations and none are available for our party size. Do table service restaurants take walk ins?

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Jun 28, 2022 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric!

Yes! You have the ability to join a Walk-Up list via the Disneyland app for participating restaurants (you can also scan a QR code located near the restaurant's entrance to check if there's Walk-Up availability)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 16, 2022 at 3:36 p.m. Karmen Says...

Hi we'll be at Disneyland for 4 days beginning of July. We want to have breakfast at Carnation Cafe, I currently have a reservation for 9:30 but one showed up for 8:00. We want to take advantage of being at the park early to get on on some rides quickly. If rides and breakfast are both a priority do you think it's best if we go on a couple of rides then have breakfast at 9:30 or is there an advantage to having breakfast at 8:00 and then rides? Thanks for you advice!

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May 16, 2022 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karmen!

We would prioritize rides over breakfast!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 8, 2022 at 8:27 p.m. Kristin Taylor Says...

We have breakfast reservations at Plaza Inn at 8:30 on 6/15. Do you know if we will be able to use the separate dining reservations entrance? How early would you recommend arriving to the park?

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May 9, 2022 at 11:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin!

The gates tend to open earlier than the posted park opening time, so you likely wouldn't need to use the separate early dining reservations entrance. Since the park is set to open at 8 a.m. on June 15, we think it'd be toadally fine if you arrive by 7:30 a.m., which is when the gates usually open.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 24, 2022 at 9:20 p.m. Tonja E. Says...

Whoops, sorry, you may not be the blog that affiliates with Get Away Today! Sorry about that!! I still love your blog!

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Mar 24, 2022 at 9:18 p.m. Tonja E. Says...

How early can you join the walk up list for Lamplight Boardwalk? I've been looking everywhere and can't seem to find the information. Thank you - love your blog and have gotten a lot of information from it over the years, including using Get Away Today! :)

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Nov 28, 2021 at 11:26 a.m. Shelby Says...

Hi there! First time as an adult at Disneyland in January. Was able to book for our first day, but I guess Disneyland is different in that you cannot book for your whole stay after the first day when on property?

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Nov 29, 2021 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelby!

Correct — Disneyland's dining reservation rule is 60 days out for everyone, as there is no additional dining benefit for hotel guests at this time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 12, 2021 at 1:06 a.m. Silvia Says...

Has anyone had trouble reserving breakfast with princess ? I was able to book other restaurants except that one, although it shows that there is availability it won’t allow me to book.

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Nov 20, 2021 at 12:56 a.m. Sebastian Says...

We are running into the same exact scenario. We finally got a hold of someone and they said to try chrome browser but that didn't work. So we are still in the same boat. Hopefully someone chimes in.

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Oct 27, 2021 at 1:43 a.m. Michelle Says...

Thank you for the info! Is there a way to transfer a dining reservation to another Disney account? I know you can on the WDW app but not sure about Disneyland! If we can’t, can they just check in with my name even though I won’t be in the park?

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Oct 21, 2021 at 7:19 p.m. Lilah Says...

Hi! My fiancé and I Plan on eloping February 2022 and then inviting our friends and Family to join us for a day at Disneyland. We want to make reservations for dinner at any of the restaurants at Disneyland. Do you know what the max number of guest on a dinning reservation can be ? Thanks !

Thanks !

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Oct 21, 2021 at 5:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lilah!

The maximum number of guests on a dining reservation will vary by restaurant. Through the Disneyland app and website, you can search for reservations with a party size of up to 20 guests. Because you'd have a larger group, we'd suggest calling Disney Dining to help you with booking a dining reservation.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 8, 2021 at 3:18 p.m. Shauna Says...

Hi! Do you know where the designated entrance is for a 8am plaza inn reservation? How early do they let people in? Thank you!

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Oct 8, 2021 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shauna!

The reservation entrance is all the way to the far left of the park entrance. Cast members will likely start letting in people with reservations about 15 to 20 minutes early.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2021 at 11:31 p.m. Mickey Frog Says...

I am trying to book for our Thanxgiving trip. I have been checking for Nov 24th, 25th, etc. and there is nothing to select, for ANY of the Restaurants. Have they even released these times yet? Anyone know?

Appreciate the assistance!!

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Oct 5, 2021 at 3:02 p.m. Ingrid Says...

I was up at 3:00am this morning for the following week, and nothing, then nothing at 6:00 either. Also, if you call the DINE line, it says that they can no longer make reservations. I'm not sure if this is just Disney reservations being Disney reservations, or a Genie issue in the making!

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Oct 5, 2021 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mickey Frog!

There is a chance that reservations have not been released yet. While restaurants can release reservations up to 60 days in advance, they may also release reservations at a later time. For instance, restaurants may be waiting until park hours are confirmed especially since it's around a big holiday. Unfrogtunately, there isn't usually an announcement or advance notice when this happens, so we suggest that you keep checking periodically!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2021 at 5:31 a.m. Tobeylynn Birch Says...

I just went through an unsuccessful attempt to get dining reservations for a November 14 visit to Disneyland. I had read that reservations become available 60 days before, so I started checking the reservation calendar a few days ago and determined from the latest available date that I would be able to book a reservation on September 15. Not knowing what time the calendar rolls over to the next available date, I decided to stay up until midnight and try then. I first logged in a few minutes before midnight and November 14 was not yet available. At midnight I entered my party size again and the 14th was now open on the calendar. So at this time it appears to roll over at midnight. However, the process was awful. After entering my mealtime choice, it begins to check for availability but almost immediately the app says it is having trouble displaying the screen (no doubt due to heavy traffic on the system) and provides a “button” to Try Again, which I do, repeatedly for 45 minutes until I decide to give up and go to bed. I wish they used a queue system, like many high-volume ticketing systems do, so you wouldn’t have to keep entering your request with random odds that any request will get through. I will keep checking back to see if I can nab any cancellations that might come up.

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Sep 8, 2021 at 8:59 p.m. Gwyn Says...

Hi! My fiancé and I are celebrating his birthday and our engagement in Disneyland beginning of next year, and we are hoping to get a reservation for the two of us. Do you have any tips for the best way to get a reservation? (I know that if we don't get one we can wait for cancellations but the planner in me wants to do my best to try to get the reservation when it opens.)

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Sep 10, 2021 at 12:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gwyn!

We'd start checking as soon as your 60-day booking window starts. And on that day, check several times throughout the day if you don't see anything at first. Also, just keep in mind that restaurants may release reservations later (and unfrogtunately, there isn't usually an announcement or advance notice for when this happens). For instance, restaurants may wait until park hours are confirmed if those are waiting to be determined. So it's always worth checking periodically leading up to your trip. And since you'll be visiting at the beginning of the year, January and February have some of the lowest crowds, so if all else fails, there may still be a chance for walk-up availability.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2021 at 4:51 p.m. EE Says...

in that photo with the happy birthday Mickey cake- how do you get that?! is it special order?!?

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Aug 10, 2021 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi EE!

Isn't it adorable?! It's an optional add-on - when you make your online reservation using the Disneyland app, you'll be asked if you'd like to add on a special occasion cake (the same as the one pictured). Easy peasy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 22, 2020 at 2:44 p.m. Bryana Says...

Hello! I made a character breakfast reservation at the Plaza Inn for a big party accommodating two families. Is it possible to split the upfront cost of the breakfast? I.e, one family pays for their family & same for the other family, rather than paying for the whole group?

Hope this makes sense, I appreciate the help!

Thanks!

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Jan 23, 2020 at 4:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bryna!

You'll pay upon check-in, and you should be able to split the bill in two. We have split other checks in the park, but sometimes they limit the split to two paying parties max. Even if that were the case, you'd be good in your situation!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 28, 2019 at 12:27 a.m. Sandy Says...

We are going to a character breakfast and were wondering about reservations. My grandson is only two so there is no charge for him, but should we still book for three people? I saw something about a cancellation fee being per person and although we don't plan to not show up if something happened I wouldn't want to have to pay a fee for him as well.

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Oct 29, 2019 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy!

Yes, you'll need to include him in your reservation just for the headcount for your table. They won't charge you a fee for him.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 17, 2019 at 5 a.m. MKS Says...

We are closing in on our first ever Disneyland trip, and just snagged an Oga's reservation for 8:35 am, with instructions to arrive at Oga's 15 minutes early (so at 8:20). There are extra magic hours that day, but we're not eligible, so we can't enter the park until 8. Having never been in the park before, I'm not sure how to best plan our arrival to be sure we're on time for our reservation. I would LOVE tips from you/your readers! Thanks in advance for any help :).

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Oct 17, 2019 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MKS!

There's a couple of ways that you can do this. If you arrive about 30 minutes prior to rope drop, you should be able to walk back to your reservation on-time without issue. Getting there early means you're through security and ready for the touch points so that you just have to get your frog legs hoppin' to Oga's once the park opens :) However, guests with reservations are also able to head in a little early, even if the park isn't quite open yet; keep an eye out for a cast member with a reservation sign or ask at the turnstiles where to go if you have a reservation. Be sure to have your confirmation number with you!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 17, 2019 at 3:11 p.m. MKS Says...

Thanks so much for your quick reply! We will definitely plan to arrive 30 minutes early and talk to a cast member about our reservation. I have been learning so much from your posts. Thanks for sharing all this great info - such a help for a first timer!

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Oct 17, 2019 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are so welcome, MKS! We're hoppy you stopped by :) Have a wonderful trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 14, 2019 at 10:38 p.m. Jennifer Perkins Says...

I was hoping to get a reservation for Minnie and Friends Character Breakfast the week of October 6-11, 2019, but it shows up as having no availability. Do you think it is likely they filled up that quickly (I understand they JUST opened the system for that week in the last few days)? Or is it possible they haven't opened reservations yet?

If they are booked, is there any "waiting list" type system?

Thanks.

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Aug 19, 2019 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

While there isn't a waiting list system, we'd suggest continuing to check back for cancellations, as they do hoppen. Good luck!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2019 at 8:20 p.m. Erica Says...

We're heading to Disney October 6-9 but when I got on today (59 days out) everything is blacked out from 9/29 on. I called and the gal at scheduling said she didn't know when those would open up. Does that happen often? Any idea when they might open?

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Aug 14, 2019 at 7:57 p.m. FBP Says...

We're you able to make reservations for these dates? Many of the restaurants still seem to be showing no dinner availability for me.

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Aug 12, 2019 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica!

It looks like these dates have just opened up online if you'd like to hop back and reserve - good luck!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 26, 2019 at 5:06 a.m. Amanda Hayden Says...

Hi! Do I need a ticket to Disney land in order to attend the princess breakfast? I was considering doing the breakfast on a separate day than Disney land.

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May 28, 2019 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

The Princess Breakfast Adventure is at the Grand Californian, so you won't need a ticket to be able to access breakfast. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 26, 2019 at 9:30 p.m. L Says...

I'm dying for a reservation for next week at the Blue Bayou, but it's all sold out! Do you know if there's a trick to ensuring I get a table at dinner? What are the chances a party of 5 can do a walk in?

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Apr 29, 2019 at 1:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi L!

We toadally understand - we love Blue Bayou! Keep checking and calling the reservations line in case of cancellations, especially one to two days before, when people are likely to cancel. Our advice is to get any reservation you can, even it if is not the correct time, and try to modify it in park if you need to. We have found it much easier to modify reservations (time and even party size) at the check-in counter than to walk in. But if you cannot score any reservation, you can try getting a walk-in reservation. They are subject to availability, though, so some days they take walk-ins and some days they do not. Good luck!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 7, 2019 at 1:10 p.m. Mark Says...

Does Disneyland require you to verify you have a park ticket before you can make a dining reservation?

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Apr 8, 2019 at 9:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

They do not; you will need valid entry to get to the restaurant at the time of your reservation (if the restaurant you're heading to is in the park), of course, but no verification is necessary in advance by phone.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 29, 2018 at 4:37 a.m. Jessica Says...

Any idea what parades, shows etc will be available Jan 26-28, 2019? Are they all shut down at that time for “offseason”?

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Dec 29, 2018 at 6:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

Here is a list of what's coming to the parks for 2019! In addition to the Mickey and Minnie entertainment, there will also be Fantasmic!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 25, 2018 at 5:04 a.m. Tegan Says...

We have a dining reservation for goofy kitchen for dinner 535pm and plaza inn for breakfast 720am what is the time frame that we can arrive? How early? how late? Thanks has been a great help reading all your info.

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Dec 30, 2018 at 7:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tegan,

It’s best to arrive as close as possible to reservation time, but we have arrived 30 minutes early and have been accommodated when there is space. I would try not to be more than 15 minutes late.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 30, 2018 at 1:24 a.m. Bee Says...

Hi, I'm going to Disneyland the week before xmas. I heard that if you leave in the middle of the day for a breal you might not be let back in because if its too crowded. Will they let you in if you have an advanced dining reservation?

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Nov 30, 2018 at 3:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bee!

I would not worry about the park reaching capacity before Christmas—that is more likely to happen between Christmas and New Years. The last time the park reached capacity was Dec. 27 and 28, 2018. Should they close entry due to capacity, which is rare, they may let in guests with confirmed dining reservations and sometimes allow guests to re-enter the park and only close entry to new entrants. So you should be fine :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2018 at 4:38 p.m. Dave Says...

Do you know what time new days "unlock" at the 60 day mark? I'm looking to book a character breakfast and want to snag the earliest reservation. I've heard conflicting reports that the new day opens up at 9pm, midnight, and 3am! Any idea which is correct?!

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Aug 15, 2018 at 4:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave!

New days "unlock" at midnight if you are booking online, and the reservation phone line opens at 7AM.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 8, 2018 at 6:38 p.m. Erin Says...

Hi. I'm wondering if Napa Rose or Carthay circle would be a better bet for dinner on our second and final night? We are doing the Fantasmic package at River Belle (hoping to move that to Blue bayou) our first night. And lunch at Wine country trattoria package with paint night second day. Family of 4, 10 yr old twins. Thanks!

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May 15, 2018 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin,

Tough question! They are both great restaurants with a nice atmosphere. We find there is something exciting about going into Carthay Circle, but Napa Rose has a more traditional menu that works well for our family and pickier eaters. I would look at the two menus online in advance and decide based on what food your family enjoys more. You will be happy with either experience!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 7, 2018 at 2:14 a.m. Gayla Says...

We wanted breakfast with the princesses but I can't find it?

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May 8, 2018 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gayla!

Unfortunately, there is not a princess meal available at this time. For fun character dining, we recommend hopping on over to Goofy's Kitchen!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 26, 2018 at 5:34 a.m. Steve Says...

Hi I’m trying to book a Fantasmic dining package online for April 23rd, which is less than 60 days away, they should be available upto the 26th. But for some reason they won’t currently select past April 14th. Does anyone know why?

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Mar 6, 2018 at 9:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve!

April begins Pixar Fest at Disney's California Adventure, which will bring new nighttime entertainment to the park. This may be the reason behind the schedule being a bit off. We'll keep you posted!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 7, 2018 at 10:16 a.m. Christian Najera Says...

Hi, I want to make a reservation for 2 people but there’s no availability. There’s one available for 3 people. Can I reserve the table for 3 but on have 2 show up? Do i get charged?

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Feb 7, 2018 at 7:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christian!

Disney's reservation system is very intricate, so there is likely a reason why there is a reservation available for 3, but not 2. There is a no-show fee if your whole party doesn't arrive that is likely to be put into effect if one person isn't present as well. We would recommend calling the reservation line to chat with them about your options!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 21, 2018 at 11:09 p.m. Barbara Says...

What time do the diner reservations open up at the 60 day mark?

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Jan 22, 2018 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbara,

Reservations open up at 8AM EST, as far as we know!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 13, 2017 at 10:51 p.m. Kelly Says...

I have reservations for the upgraded fantasmic river belle experience and world of color dessert party. Would anyone know if I stand in line early if I'm able to choose my table/seat? Or is there a way to reserve a table? I'm worried about not getting good seats especially for the price i'm paying. I heard mixed reviews that some seats at both experiences are not the best.

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Dec 4, 2017 at 6:37 a.m. Bere Says...

Hi!

I've had the chance of dinning at Be Our Guest in Diseny World, and it was an incredible experience!! Which restaurant I should not miss in my upcomming trip to Disneyland? Thanks!

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Feb 19, 2018 at 10:15 p.m. Natasha Says...

Don’t know if this info is too late for you, but the atmosphere of Blue Bayou is pretty incredible. Carthay Circle is also absolutely gorgeous and a replica of the theater where Snow White premiered. You’ll notice more historical gems at Disneyland, and the cast members are generally long-serving employees who take personal investment in the legacy. I’ve heard some of them at the Carthay Circle restaurant can give amazing tours and talk about the history behind the details.

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Oct 28, 2017 at 7:20 p.m. Paul Says...

I'm surprising my family of 4 with a holiday trip to DL, arriving on Christmas day. Can we eat at Goofy's Kitchen with a reservation but not have to use/buy a park pass to get there?

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Oct 29, 2017 at 9:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul,

Goofy's Kitchen is at the Disneyland Hotel. No admission required!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 30, 2017 at 5:15 a.m. Ronskee Says...

Is it possible to make reservations for Thanksgiving Day right now either at Storytellers Cafe or Goofy's Kitchen?

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Aug 30, 2017 at 8:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

As of now, both restaurants are only taking reservations through late October. Keep checking their web sites. November bookings should open soon!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 21, 2017 at 10:44 a.m. Enza_everywhere Says...

Does anyone know if we arrive at the gate and find out the park is at capacity. Will they still let us in if we have a dining package reservation at Blue Bayou? Worried about 4th July. Our plane lands at LAX from Aus at 9.30 am so just can't get there sooner on that day nut really want to celebrate 4th July Disney style.

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May 21, 2017 at 6:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Enza,

Unfortunately, if the park is at capacity, they will not let anyone in, regardless of dinner reservations. If people leave, then they will let more people in, so you still may make it in!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 5, 2017 at 8:51 p.m. Jennifer Says...

I have reservations for the Carnation Cafe during the Electrical Parade. How far in advance should we get there to request an outside table with our reservation so we can hear the parade and catch a glimpse of two. Thanks!!

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Apr 5, 2017 at 5:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

Outside seating will depend on what's available at the time. Arrive at least 15 minutes early and put in your request, but understand there will be other diners with the same idea who may take their time while dining outside.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 27, 2017 at 4:32 a.m. Natalie Says...

I'm planning to reserve a character breakfast at the Plaza Inn online and was wondering if my card will be charged other than if I don't show up or don't cancel on time. I also wanted to know if I need to bring my credit card when I show up for it?

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Mar 27, 2017 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

Your card will not be charged unless you don't show up or do not cancel on time. It's a good idea to bring the card, but you may pay with cash or another card when you receive the final bill.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 14, 2017 at 10:57 p.m. Randi Says...

I am only staying at Disneyland for 1 day, what restaurant do you recommend is one of the best?

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Mar 15, 2017 at 7:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Randi,

The Blue Bayou is the best dining experience in Disneyland. Hop onto that one!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 21, 2017 at 10:59 p.m. Katie Says...

Can you reserve a character breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen without having park tickets for that day? We're only spending two days at the park so it would be great if we could do character dining another day. I just wondered since it's in Disneyland Hotel and not in the actual parks if that was a possibility. Thanks.

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Feb 21, 2017 at 8:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

Yes, you can dine at Goofy's Kitchen without needing to buy park tickets!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 14, 2017 at 7:31 a.m. Leslie Says...

We check in on wed 03/01 and are staying at the Disneyland Resort - but don't have park tickets for the day we arrive, but made 7.50pm reservations to eat at Blue Bayou inside the park - can we do that w/out a ticket?

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Jan 16, 2017 at 6:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lesile,

Blue Bayou! I'm one jealous frog!

You will need Disneyland admission in order to enter the park to dine at the restaurant.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog.

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Jan 9, 2017 at 6:57 p.m. SMC Says...

Hi, do you know if it is possible to book in advance (by phone) a table for two? I would like to make a marriage proposal there but would be a lot better if only my and my girlfriend are on the table.

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Jan 9, 2017 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sergio,

If you already have the day in mind, call Disney Dining Reservations at (714) 781-DINE. Depending on the restaurant and time of year, they should not have a problem lining up a table for two. Good luck!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog.

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Dec 27, 2016 at 10:52 a.m. Karina Says...

I've just made a reservation online for breakfast at Goffy's Kitchen. Do I still need to buy the character dining sold at other websites or will I be charged there, at the restaurant? Are the prices the same? Thank you! Love all your tips!

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Dec 27, 2016 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katrina,

If you've already made a reservation, then you're good to go. You'll be charged for dining at the restaurant. Say "Hi" to Goofy for me.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 29, 2016 at 8:38 p.m. Claire Says...

Can I get harbour galley food to go?

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Dec 12, 2016 at 11:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire,

Harbor Galley does not offer package food to go. They do not have boxes or bags. They can offer a plate to put over food, but that is it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 29, 2016 at 12:54 p.m. Michelle Shaw Says...

Any idea why park hours for Disneyland in Jan 2017 are not posted yet. And i cannot make online reservations for plaza inn character breakfast. They changed time to 6 a.m. est, to book reservatiin for 60 daya out, the date came up but plaza inn won't let u reserve. I will call at 10 a.m. est

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Nov 22, 2016 at 12:22 p.m. Kelly Says...

If I make a dinner reservation at downtown Disney, is that "outside" of the park, and if so can I get back in after to watch the fireworks and things?

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Nov 22, 2016 at 7:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

Yes, that is outside of the park. Yes, you can get back in if you have valid admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 12, 2016 at 6:55 a.m. Vanessa Says...

Hi, we have a breakfast reservation at Goofys Kitchen before the park opens, but will not be staying at the hotels. Any advice for parking? Thanks!

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa,

You can park at the hotel and get your ticket validated at the restaurant.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2016 at 3:17 p.m. Jennifer Slater Says...

Can you order a to-go meal from Blue Bayou? I want a Monte Cristo since I've heard it is amazing, but everyone else in my group wants to dine elsewhere. I hate to make a reservation just for me. Thanks!

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

They do not sell food to go as far as we know, but you can also get a Monte Cristo at Café Orleans.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2016 at 5:27 p.m. Francine Says...

I would fret a little, especially if you're wanting to Dine at a more popular restaurant. I've never had issues getting into Cafe Orleans or Storytellers Cafe with out a reservation, but to be honest thats not the restaurant most people are eying. If you're looking into more popular restaurants, such as Blue Bayou, Ariels Grotto, or anything in Disneyland Hotel, they sell out pretty quickly. So while I do agree it may not be necessary to wait out till 12am PST to book, you'll want to do it asap. Something that sells out in minutes are the Tea Times at Steakhouse 55, so if you're interested in that, I definitely recommend waiting till the stroke of 12, if not you'll be a sad pumpkin.

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Aug 18, 2016 at 2:25 a.m. Bob Says...

It says it in the article itself, but for people used to WDW making a trip to the One True Original ... first, STOP FRETTING. One of the things I love about Disneyland is that you don't have to have every single moment of your trip planned out six months in advance.

Yes, use the online dining reservation system, but unless you're going for a special event (Christmas day, rollout of some major new attraction, or something like that) you shouldn't need to stay up until 3AM (assuming you're on the east coast) waiting for midnight Pacific time to roll around to be sure you get your reservation in.

I've generally had good luck getting reservations as late as a day or two before at most places, and on my birthday (which is in summer) last year I got seated for dinner within 20 minutes at Cafe Orleans without having a reservation at all.

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