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The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations

by Mommy Frog on October 1, 2019 81 Los Angeles

The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations - PinterestYou frog fans know we're all about vacation 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. Some locations are harder to get into than others. If you are visiting in summer or during holiday times, get those Disneyland dining reservations in place as early as possible. After all, the early frog gets the flies! We've put together this post as the ultimate guide to making Disneyland dining reservations.

When and How to Make Disneyland Dining Reservations

For Disneyland dining reservations, the booking window opens 60 days in advance. While two months might seem like a long time out to book a dining reservation, for Disneyland, it's not. In fact, sometimes Disneyland does not release some reservations until 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.

If you know when you will be visiting, you can either call (714) 781-DINE or use the online reservations system to reserve your spot at restaurants in Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney and the three on-site hotels. It is also a good idea to reserve your character dining experiences in advance. You can also make (and cancel or change) reservations even more easily through the Disneyland mobile app.

Disneyland Dining Reservations - Monte Cristo at Blue Bayou

Depending on the restaurant and dates of your visit, you might need to reserve early. You can often find Disneyland dining reservations on shorter notice on weekdays, especially during less busy times. If you are booking for a weekend, a holiday or other busy times at Disneyland, you’ll want to book as early as possible. If you are looking to enjoy a romantic meal at Blue Bayou Disneyland, snatch up one of the few Lamplight Lounge Disney California Adventure reservations or have a proper Afternoon Tea at the Disneyland Hotel, it’s best to book 60 days in advance if you can. That being said we've happened 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.

If you are 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.

You can reserve to-go meals or table-service Disneyland restaurant meals that give you a voucher for reserved viewing areas for the Fantasmic! show in Disneyland Park; plus, during festivals and celebrations, there may be additional special dining packages, so keep your eye out for those. At Disney California Adventure, you can reserve table-service packages for shows such as World of Color and Frozen — Live at the Hyperion. Another dining choice is a dessert party that offers the only seated viewing for World of Color with desserts and beverages. Plus, there is the Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience at Disneyland, where you can relax and take in a unique view of the fireworks.

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:

  • 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. It offers prix fixe meal plans with vouchers for watching Fantasmic!
  • 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 recommended for the Minnie and Friends character breakfast.
  • Carnation Café on Main Street does take reservations for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but they also accept walk-ins if there is availability. If you have to wait, you can enjoy yourself in the park and they will buzz you when your table is ready.
  • River Belle Terrace used to be a cafeteria-style restaurant, but it has been converted to a table-service restaurant with a view of the Rivers of America. It serves lunch and dinner. You can reserve a prix fixe meal with vouchers for viewing Fantasmic! You can also upgrade to 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 offers advance reservations for the balcony lounge at the Tomorrowland Expo Center. It's open from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. nightly and includes boxed treats with fruits, cheese and sweets, along with hot or cold non-alcoholic 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 the exclusively private Club 33. The process for making Oga's Cantina reservations is a little different from Disneyland's other restaurants (and is changing to allow 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).

Disneyland Dining Reservations - River Belle

Disney California Adventure Restaurants That Accept Dining Reservations

Disneyland Dining Reservations - Carthay Circle

California Adventure table-service restaurants that accept reservations include:

  • Lamplight Lounge is one of the newest restaurants to be added to the Disneyland Dining Reservations system. This gastropub, located on Pixar Pier, takes both reservations and walk-ins, but walk-in waits can be long. People with reservations may choose the full dining room or the bar when they arrive. 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!
  • Carthay Circle books up about two weeks 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 bits 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. Carthay Circle offers Frozen and World of Color dining packages, as well.
  • Wine Country Trattoria: Reservations are recommended to dine where Napa Valley meets Tuscany. This location offers World of Color dining packages.
  • 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, and tadpole beverages make a splash in a cool, light-up, wave-shaped World of Color stein.

Disneyland Dining Reservations - Lamplight Lounge

Downtown Disney Restaurants That Accept Dining Reservations

Disneyland Dining Reservations - Splitsville

The Disneyland dining reservations system also includes the many restaurants at 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 the new Splitsville Luxury Lanes offers mouthwatering spins on classics like ahi tuna, filet sliders, grilled avocado and hand-tossed pizzas. If you drool over fresh baked bread, then perhaps La Brea Bakery is for you. Ballast Point Brewing recently opened, but their reservations are made through OpenTable.

Disney Hotel Restaurants That Accept Dining Reservations

Disneyland Dining Reservations - Storytellers Cafe for Dinner

There are some great restaurants in the hotels. Our favorites for a nice, relaxing dinner (sometimes without Tad and Lily!) are Napa Rose at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel. There is also Storytellers Café at the Grand Californian and Disney's PCH Grill at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. Each hotel also offers a character breakfast/brunch 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 Napa Rose Thursday-Monday. You can also make reservations for Afternoon Tea at Steakhouse 55.

Disneyland Character Dining Experiences

Disneyland Character Dining — Tiana

Disneyland offers some fun character dining experiences available in Disneyland Park and each on-site hotel. 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.
  • Disney’s PCH Grill (in Paradise Pier Hotel) is where the surf’s up during the “beach party” breakfast and sometimes brunch hosted by Donald Duck.
  • Mickey's Tales of Adventure is a buffet located in the Storytellers Café in the Grand Californian. Besides breakfast, Storytellers also offers a daily brunch. Brunch includes the same breakfast choices, along with daily lunch specials.
  • Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures is the newest character breakfast at the Napa Rose in the Grand Californian. This option is available Thursday-Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.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. 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 restaurants provide a prix fixe meal or an on-the-go meal with a voucher for priority viewing for shows such as Fantasmic!, Frozen and World of Color. Keep in mind that you can also get a free FASTPASS (we recommended getting them early in the day) for viewing World of Color or Fantasmic! without buying a meal or a pricey dessert (you can find more money-saving tips at Disneyland here). At times, there are limited-time parade dining packages, so always be on the lookout for those. There are no refunds on dining packages should the shows get cancelled or experience technical difficulties.

Disneyland Dining Reservations - World of Color Dessert Party

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 3:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. have vouchers for the first show, and reservations from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. are for the second show.
  • Blue Bayou Disneyland (three-course, prix fixe table service). You can reserve a dining package that gives you a voucher for a reserved viewing location.
  • River Belle Terrace's three-course dinner can provide you with a voucher for a reserved viewing location, or you can upgrade to the 8:00 p.m. seating to watch the show from your table while you dine. You can only upgrade in person or over the phone.

The vouchers for Fantasmic! will list the viewing area, time you should arrive and show performance time. Seating is on the ground, but guests with disabilities will be accommodated. Guests with free FASTPASSes for the show or in standby areas will be standing room only.

World of Color three-course, prix fixe menu dining packages at California Adventure are available at:

  • Carthay Circle (lunch or dinner)
  • Wine Country Trattoria (lunch or dinner)

Plus, you can reserve the World of Color Dessert Party. The party allows you to dine at tables in a preferred viewing area while you watch the show. This is a pre-paid event.

Frozen dining packages offer priority seating in a reserved section for Frozen — Live at the Hyperion! You may enjoy a three-course lunch at Carthay Circle.

At certain times, there are dining packages that offer reserved parade viewing. You can make a reservation to eat lunch at a quick-service restaurant to receive a voucher. The voucher give you access to a reserved viewing area later.

Should You Call or Make Disneyland Dining Reservations Online?

I like the flexibility of the online system and Disneyland app. They allow me to see what times are available or easily check different 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 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 (sometimes per person). 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 72 hours’ notice.

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 cast members that morning. They may have some cancellations that day or walk-in availability. Also, lunch service usually starts about 11:00 a.m. and dinner starts at 4:00 p.m. If you can eat during the off-times (like a 3:00 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.

This is all you need know to successfully reserve your dining experience through the Disneyland Dining Reservations system. Try to book as soon as you can, but relax. Remember that the Disneyland Resorts are way more laid back than the Orlando resorts when it comes to reservations, so usually just a few weeks’ notice (and often less) is all you need to get your table.

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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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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Jul 27, 2016 at 7:33 p.m. Meghan Says...

I made reservations for Aladdin's Oasis and my reservation says 4 adults but we have 2 kids, 2 adults. There's not a spot to adjust this when reserving....do they charge us once we're actually picking up meals?

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Aug 9, 2016 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meghan,

There is a deposit to make any reservation (they only change it if you no show), but you pay for the meals themselves when you pick them up.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 22, 2016 at 9:10 a.m. Bob Says...

Was looking to book World of Color Dessert Party for 5 adults and 3 kids (all under 4). Do the kids need to pay for full adult price? Also, online only allows selecting # of guests, and doesn't allow us to specify how many little ones. What to do?

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Aug 3, 2016 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bob,

It seems that everyone pays the same price. You can try calling the reservations system to talk to someone to see if they can offer anything else for very small children. If the price is the same, you might plan on getting a FastPass for free, getting in place early, and bringing your own dessert (Ghirardelli ice cream parlor is just around the corner).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 20, 2016 at 1:27 a.m. Erica Says...

If you are staying on property can you book for your entire trip, similar to the process at Disneyworld?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica,

Whether or not you stay on property, you can book dining through the online reservations system for character dining and table service restaurants in the parks, Downtown Disney and the hotels.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 12, 2016 at 8:41 p.m. Bree Says...

What about same day reservations, are they doing those anymore? Would I need to call the restaurant directly, or can I do it through the online system? How does the $10/person hold work in that case? Thanks!

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May 20, 2016 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bree,

You can make same-day reservations online. The $10 hold would still apply, so be sure to keep your reservation. You can also visit a restaurant the day of to see if they have openings. You can also call the reservations system for a same-day reservation, but you cannot call a restaurant directly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 22, 2016 at 5:43 p.m. Eean Says...

Will be staying at the Grand Californian for 3 days this July with hubby and 3 boys (ages 14, 11, and 8). What dinner and/ or lunch reservations do you recommend? This may be our one and only trip.

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Apr 26, 2016 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eean,

Your kids might be on the old end for a character dining experience, but if they are interested, then we recommend a lunch character dining. We don't like to spend the breakfast hours (which are the least crowded in the park) in a restaurant. The park starts to fill up at lunch time, so that is a great time to go take a break and have lunch with the characters. Dining reservations are not as critical at the Disneyland resort, and there are so many quick-service restaurants. For an adult meal out, I like Carthay Circle in California Adventure, but it is a bit fancy for the kids. In Disneyland we would say that Blue Bayou has the coolest atmosphere (inside of Pirates of the Caribbean). Both Napa Rose and Steakhouse 55 in the hotels are very nice and accommodate children.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 18, 2016 at 10:45 p.m. Kim Says...

I have reservations for breakfast at Ariel's Grotto. They are for 20 minutes after the park opens. Sometimes it takes longer to get into the park. Is there a special line or something for people with dining reservations?

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Apr 26, 2016 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

The park gates open 30 minutes before opening, so you should not have any trouble getting in. Let a cast member near the entrance know you have reservations, and they should be able to accommodate you and get you in quickly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 18, 2016 at 1:02 p.m. sarah Says...

What time can I start making our Disneyland dining reservations online? 6am pst? Midnight?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

It opens at midnight Pacific for the online system. If you want to call it is only open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Pacific.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 14, 2016 at 5:04 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

What time does the online disneyland dining reservation system open on that 60 day mark?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth,

It opens at midnight Pacific for the online system. If you want to call it is only open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Pacific.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 15, 2015 at 3:16 a.m. Randi Says...

How far out do you need to cancel a reservation so that you are not charged? We may have our plans change and I just want to make sure I cancel in time if I need to.

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Dec 15, 2015 at 1:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Randi,

Each restaurant has its own cancellation policy, so it depends. For example, Reservations for the New Years meal at the Paradise Pier Hotel require 72 hours cancellation notice. Others may require 24 hours.

If you booked online, please refer to the cancellation policy provided at the time of booking and in your email confirmation. Otherwise, you can call (714) 781-DINE (3463) for information about the policy. But be sure to change your reservation before that window or you may face a per person cancellation fee.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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