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The Ins and Outs of Disney World’s Advance Dining Reservation System

by Mommy Frog on November 19, 2021 454 Orlando

Ins and Outs of Disney World Advanced Dining Reservations - PinterestAs you've probably learned by now, Disney World vacations require lots of planning, and dining is no different. While the quick-service restaurants in the parks are always an option, most families visiting Disney World would like to have at least a few meals that aren't fast food. For that, we highly recommend making Advance Dining Reservations, or "ADRs" for short. With dinner shows, character meals, fine dining, buffets, deluxe views and everything in between ... yeah, it's safe to say you'll want to book an ADR or two for your next trip! (Note that currently, dinner shows, character dining and buffets may be modified or temporarily unavailable. For a full list of the options available right now, hop over to our dining guide!)

For some of you, dining at Disney World is a big-time affair. If you see your trip as a once-in-a-lifetime experience and want to pull out all the stops, you should consider making reservations for at least one character dining experience and a few table-service restaurants, maybe for one of the hard-to-get restaurants or even for a romantic night out while the tadpoles stay with a babysitter. If this sounds like you, you'll want to make reservations as early as possible and consider staying on-site, especially during the busiest times.

However, if fine dining or character dining is less of a priority, you don't need to lose too much sleep over Disney World dining reservations. Unless you are visiting during one of the busiest times of the year, you should be able to find a few table-service options much closer to your actual trip date (especially at EPCOT), or even while you're there. If you're fortunate enough to be visiting during the least-busy times of year, you'll have even more last-minute choices. And keep in mind that Disney has tons of tasty quick-service options, as well. Even if you don't book any dining reservations, you'll never go hungry!

What You Need to Know About Disney World Dining Reservations

Disney Dining Reservations - Garden Grill EPCOT

All guests (even those staying off-site) can make Disney World dining reservations. Unlike some perks offered exclusively to those staying on-site at a Disney World hotel (such as the new Early Theme Park Entry), ADRs are available equally to all guests, regardless of where you're staying.

Park admission is required for in-park dining. Just to be clear, you must have valid theme park admission and a Disney Park Pass reservation at the location of your meal. So, if you're dining at The Jungle Skipper Canteen, be sure you have the proper tickets and park reservations to enter Magic Kingdom for that dining reservation for the date of your meal. If you're park hopping for a late lunch or dinner, then you won't need a Disney Park Pass reservation at the park you're hopping to, as long as the dining reservation is after 2 p.m.

You can make Disney World dining reservations for your trip starting 60 days in advance. (Pre COVID-19, this window was 180 days.) No matter what time of year you’ll be visiting, we recommend making reservations as close as you can to the magical 60-day mark. For guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you’ll have 60 days in advance of your check-in day ... plus, you can make dining reservations for your entire stay, up to 10 days. This is quite an advantage if dining is a priority, especially during the busiest times, so you'll want to make sure you book your Disney World hotel room before the dining reservation window opens for your trip. Then you can book all your days at once.

It's not uncommon to find that the most popular restaurants, such as Cinderella's Royal Table and Victoria & Albert's, fill up quickly. The longer you wait, the less chance you’ll have of eating at one of your favorite restaurants or experiencing a dinner show. That said, there are still ways of snagging those last-minute reservations, which we'll discuss below.

Disney Dining Reservations - Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary

If reservations are really important to you, make sure you have already planned which days you will be going to the parks before your 60-day reservation window opens. It is almost impossible to plan daily meals for your vacation without knowing where you’re going each day. You can use our Crowd Calendar to help you decide which parks to visit on which day. Keep in mind, reservations do sometimes start ahead of park opening hours, and you can get into the parks early. Sometimes you can also snag reservations close to or after the official park closure time, as well (You'll find this is very common with Oga's Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy's edge, for instance).

For those of you staying off-site, if you have a dining reservation in the park before it opens, you will be allowed in early (usually about 30 minutes before the start of your reservation). Look for cast members with signs for reservation check-in, or specially marked turnstiles. This can sometimes be a good strategy for getting a jump on popular attractions if the restaurant is further back in the park. Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom, for example, offers early reservations and is right near two of the most popular attractions in the park: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan's Flight.

Disney Dining Reservations - Mobile Check-In

Make sure you have the latest version of the My Disney Experience app. Several new features are only supported on the latest version of the app, so update the app before your trip to take advantage of them. For example, when you arrive for a dining reservation, you can use Mobile Dine Check-In at select restaurants through the app. From a push notification or QR code, you'll be able to check-in. Once your table is ready, you'll be notified to proceed to a specified location.

If, on the other hand, you did not get advance dining reservations and decide to eat at a participating table-service restaurant once you are there, you can use the app to add yourself to the Mobile Walk-Up List. You can scan a QR code in the restaurant lobby and proceed via the app. My Disney Experience is also where you can view menus for any restaurant and Mobile Order for quick-service restaurants.

Have your credit card ready when you make your Disney World dining reservations. Make sure you have a credit card ready before booking your dining reservations. You can also enter your credit card information in your My Disney Experience account in advance. Disney holds your reservation with a credit card guarantee, and if you do not show up to your reservation or cancel within 24 hours of your reservation, you will be charged $10 a person. Disney does not charge you in advance for your meal unless you are booking a dinner show (Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue, Spirit of Aloha, when available) or dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside Cinderella Castle.

Here's how to book Disney World dining reservations online: Log into your My Disney Experience account and under the Things to Do tab, click Make Reservations under Dining. The reservation window opens around 5:45 a.m. ET each day (the reservation hotline opens up at 7 a.m. ET). This will take you to another page that lists all of the restaurants on property. You’ll then enter the number of people in your party, date and time of day, and can filter your results by park, resort hotel or area (such as Disney Springs or Disney's BoardWalk). The search results will show which restaurants have availability that day. You can then click on the desired time and create your reservation. Voila!

Once you finish entering your details, your reservation should appear on your My Disney Experience account. You can make same-day reservations for restaurants if they’re available. If you need to cancel your dining reservation or change the number of people dining, you can do so on the website, so long as your reservation is not within 24 hours. At that point, visit Guest Relations in the parks or call the reservation hotline to modify your existing reservation.

Here's how to make a Disney World dining reservation on the My Disney Experience app: Click on the plus sign in a circle at the bottom of the screen, which will pop up with different options. Choose Check Dining Availability and enter the number of people in the party, date and time of day — as well as an option for "now" to see walk-up availability. You can also search for reservations in the app by experience or cuisine and location. Just like on the site, you can make same-day reservations for restaurants if they’re available. You can also cancel your reservations on the app up until the 24-hour period before your reservation time. Anytime after that, it is recommended you call the reservation hotline.

Making Disney World dining reservations over the phone: Making an ADR over the phone should be used only when you do not have access to the app or website, or need to cancel a reservation within the 24-hour time period leading up to it. To make or cancel a reservation over the phone, call 407-WDW-DINE and listen to each of the options.

Disney World Dining Reservations - Ohana

How to snag last-minute reservations: We like to think there is an art to snagging last-minute reservations, but sometimes it's just good, old-fashioned luck. If we have a last-minute trip to Disney or we've waited to book dining reservations, we've had luck scoring popular restaurants. As soon as we've finalized our plans for which park we'll be in which day, we start checking My Disney Experience periodically for the week or so leading up to our trip. This is when other guests are also finalizing their trip details, and sometimes end up deciding not to keep their dining reservations. The day before is often the best day because people don't want to pay the reservation cancellation fee.

We've also had luck obtaining same-day reservations by simply showing up and asking about availability. It never hurts. We've even been able to snag same-day reservations when there was rain. Because EPCOT has so many dining options, you can often find last-minute reservations for some of its restaurants.

The Mobile Dine Walk-up List is another option if you come across a participating restaurant. You can look for Mobile Dine Walk-up availability in the app. Scan a QR code in the restaurant lobby and add your party to the list.

Disney Dining Reservations - STK

If you want to dine at Disney Springs, also try Open Table. Many of the most popular restaurants at Disney Springs, such as The BOATHOUSE, Morimoto Asia and Raglan Road, offer additional reservation times on Open Table. So if you can't snag an ADR or the time you want isn't available in My Disney Experience, try Open Table.

Arrive on time. Disney is strategic with the way it schedules its reservations. Be sure to arrive on time, if not early, to make things easier for everyone! If your reservation is at the start of a dining period (some restaurants are only open for breakfast and dinner, with a break ending around 4 p.m.), there is likely to be a rush of new guests.

Disney Dining Reservations - Toldeo at Disney's Coronado Springs Gran Destino Tower

So there you have it: our favorite tips for making Disney dining reservations. We want to hear YOUR favorite ADR spots in the comments. Have a question? Just ask. If you have tips we didn't mention, share them in the comments below.

Related: Ranking Disney World's Character Dining Locations

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jan 24, 2022 at 1:15 a.m. Tami Says...

I have read that it is recommended to make your park reservation for the same park you have dining reservations for, just so you don't take the change of not having availability for park hopping to that park. However, if I have a park reservation to the park, then park hop somewhere else after 2, do I still have a reservation to return to that original park for my dinner reservation? (obviously with park hopper tickets)

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Jan 24, 2022 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tami!

You should be able to hop back without any issues! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 23, 2022 at 6:27 p.m. CLB Says...

We need to decide whether to do Cinderella's Royal Table at 8:05 or 9:30. I'd say 9:30, but I've read a blog post that indicates that if I choose that time, we would have a long wait between the time we check in at the podium and the time we actually get seated (i.e. wasted time). I am thinking they wouldn't be backed up at 8:05 so we'd get right in.

If I take the 9:30 slot, we could ride rides in Fantasyland from 8:30 to 9:25 ( staying at Pop Century). We do have Genie+ for the day so we could make a LL selection at 7, do early entry and Fantasyland rides, go to the reservation, and be out around the tme to make our next LL selection.

Can you think of anything else we should take into consideration while making this decision?

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Jan 24, 2022 at 9:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi CLB!

Either plan sounds good! Like you said, you probably wouldn't have to wait very long to be seated at 8:05 a.m. (so if that's more important, we'd go with that option). But if you really want to take advantage of the low waits during Early Entry (for instance, if you want to rope drop Seven Dwarfs), then we'd stick with the 9:30 a.m. reservation. That way, you could use Mobile Check-In so you don't have to walk all the way to the podium to check in, and just continue riding until you get a notification that your table is ready (in that case, we'd suggest sticking in Fantasyland so you're nearby).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 18, 2022 at 5:12 p.m. Heather Says...

We are a party of 9. When booking character dining do you just put the party size in or do you need to select the individual names? As 2 are under 18 and are controlled by another member of the party.

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Jan 18, 2022 at 12:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

While you can select individual names (so that it shows up in everyone's plans in My Disney Experience), you just need your party size in order to book! The person who makes the reservation will be the one in charge of checking in at the restaurant, whether it's through mobile check-in or in-person.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 9, 2022 at 12:05 a.m. Connie Says...

HI we are staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort on a club level floor if I cant score a reservation for our party we will have six. I heard that there are Concierges on club level would they be able to help in getting a reservation?

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Jan 10, 2022 at 11:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Connie!

The Club Level Concierge can assist with dining reservations! If a restaurant is already fully booked, they do not have access to additional availability, but they can help with finding available options and making those reservations for you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 6, 2022 at 5:29 p.m. Cathy Says...

I have a pending vacation package with Disney and made dining and park reservations. Now i found out I can get discounted tickets through cheer competition. Can I have Disney remove the current tickets and not mess up my exisitng plans and then add the cheer tickets when I receive them? Thank you.

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Dec 30, 2021 at 3:26 p.m. Amy Says...

We have dinner reservations at Kona Grill in Polynesian Resort but we are not staying at Walt Disney World Resort. Reservations are at 6:10. Will they allow us to stay to view fireworks from the beach area that night or is there a time limit to be on resort?

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Jan 3, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

There is not a time limit - as long as you hang around after your reservation and don't try to leave and re-enter the property, you should have no trouble watching the fireworks! Enjoy :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 20, 2021 at 6:06 p.m. Todd Says...

Question about character dining. Trying to score reservations for when we are in Orlando next Feb, though we are not staying at a Disney property.

Our travel dates are right in the middle of the 60-day ADR window. I've hopped on (see what I did there?) the reservation site each morning and the character breakfasts are fully booked.

Have any insights? Could they all be booked by people staying at WDW resorts before the 60-day window opens? Or should I try to grab them as soon as the options post (is that still at 5:45 am ET?)?

One last question, are there characters at 'Ohana yet? I was able to snag one of those but it wasn't labeled as character dining.

Thanks!

Todd

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Dec 20, 2021 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Todd!

Nice froggy pun! It could be that the hotel guests have already booked them, as they can book up to the length of their stay (instead of having to make dining reservations for each day on separate days once they hit their 60-day mark), or sometimes restaurants will release reservations at a later time. For instance, we recently ate at Hollywood & Vine, and we grabbed a reservation only a few days in advance after the restaurant distributed a last-minute batch. Cancellations and late releases happen, so we encourage you to keep checking! Unfortunately, we don't know of any consistent patterns, as we've gotten hard-to-get reservations at random times, such as 12:40 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. - it can be truly random. The characters have not returned to 'Ohana yet, but we'd hang on to that reservation if it's during breakfast (and then just cancel later if they haven't returned by the time of your trip). Lots of character experiences & entertainment have been returning lately (including Storybook Dining), so while we don't know anything for sure, it could toadally be possible that Disney announces the return of those characters between now and your trip.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 2, 2021 at 2:38 a.m. Donna Keeley Says...

YIKES! So us left-coasters have to get up at 2:45am to make online reservations. :o

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Dec 1, 2021 at 12:08 a.m. Barbara Pedersen Says...

Trying to make reservations- but I am confused. We are staying in Orlando and would like to see the fireworks at Epcot or Magic Kingdom. I know I need a pass to park- do I need a ticket to get into Epcot or Magic Kingdom if I have a dinner reservation ?

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Dec 1, 2021 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbara!

Yes, if you wish to dine at a restaurant inside EPCOT or Magic Kingdom, then you must have park tickets for valid admission. If you want to watch the fireworks but don't have/want theme park tickets, then we'd suggest dining at a nearby hotel such as the Grand Floridian, Contemporary or Polynesian Village for Magic Kingdom fireworks or Disney's BoardWalk for EPCOT fireworks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 12, 2021 at 2:09 a.m. Donna combs Says...

Great site

Valuable information

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Nov 12, 2021 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna!

Thanks for hopping by :) We're hoppy we could help!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 1, 2021 at 11:38 a.m. Chris Says...

If something happens to delay arrival at your time slot, how much grace is there before they charge you no show or will not seat you?

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Nov 1, 2021 at 1:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

There isn't an official set amount of time for a "grace period" (plus it isn't guaranteed and likely depends on the restaurant). In general, if it's just a few minutes, you should be fine! We'd try not to be more than 15 minutes late.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 30, 2021 at 2:15 a.m. Joan Says...

Can I make a reservation for 8 people on my experience for the character breakfast within one reservation? I have heard that you only make a reservation for 4 people within one reservation.

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Nov 24, 2021 at 4:06 p.m. Danielle Says...

I've also experienced this. I did an online chat for 2 Disney Springs restaurants and they told me they could only sit 4 adults per table. (we are 8)

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Nov 1, 2021 at 2:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joan!

The maximum number of guests on a reservation depends on each restaurant. If you have a large group, we'd suggest calling Disney Dining to help you make a reservation (sometimes it can be easier than trying to search for a reservation online or through the app).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 23, 2021 at 4:07 a.m. Janet Says...

I have a number of issues with dining reservations and could use some advice. I am trying to make reservations for 8 people December 20-22 and a. everything is booked b. 4 of the people need Kosher food c. it says you have to make arrangements for Kosher food more than 24 hours in advance and I can't get through on the customer service lines. I wrote in the chat and they said you could put your food preference when you make a reservation but I can't get a reservation! It seems that I am in a Catch-22. Any recommendations?

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Oct 26, 2021 at 8:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janet!

We'd recommend that you keep checking for reservation availability! Since you have a larger group as well, you could also try calling Disney Dining directly at (407) 939-3463 (if that wasn't the phone number you used before) to make reservations, as some larger groups have been more successful with making reservations over the phone than the app or website.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 21, 2021 at 3:06 a.m. Bridget Says...

Hi we have a really large party and will only be at Magic Kingdom for one day, which restaurant would be able to handle our group? And is there a certain time on the 60th day before the date that these reservations open up? Midnight? Thanks!

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Oct 22, 2021 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bridget!

The maximum number of guests on a dining reservation will vary by restaurant. Through the My Disney Experience app, you can search for reservations with a party size of up to 20 guests. Reservations can pop up as early at 5:45 a.m. but sometimes they don't show up right at that time, so keep checking. Because you’d have a larger group, we’d suggest calling Disney Dining at 7 a.m. to help you with booking a dining reservation — sometimes larger groups have better luck by phone.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2021 at 3:58 p.m. Melissa Says...

Do most people have trips for Disney from Sat-Sat or Sun-Sun? I ask because we arrive on a Monday, the 20th so tomorrow is the 1st day I can book dining. Therefore, I am wondering if people who arrived one or two days before me and booked their entire trip, will have booked all the times.

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Oct 16, 2021 at 1:06 p.m. Curt Floyd Says...

I have a trip planned Dec 10-17, 2021. Staying on property. I have Dinner reservations booked for 12-10 and 12-11 for a party of two. It is beginning to look like my son cannot get there until 12-12 for the stay. If I change the number to 1, will Disney and Shula's let the reservation stand for a single? Reservations are at Tokyo and Shula's

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Oct 18, 2021 at 3:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Curt!

This should be toadally fine :) You may be able to manually adjust in My Disney Experience, or you can call Disney Dining at (407) 939-5277. You won't lose your reservation - they'll just adjust to reflect that it's for 1. Have a great trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 14, 2021 at 4:31 p.m. Alexis Says...

Hi y'all, I am booked to stay at Pop Century for five days. So I can book 65 days in advance, correct? Do I count 65 days back from check-in? Trying to get the best dining reservations possible!! Thanks so much.

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Oct 14, 2021 at 12:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexis!

Dining reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance. Since you’re staying on-site, this means you can make reservations for your entire trip at the 60-day mark rather than having to log in every successive day to make more reservations. For that reason, we recommend starting out by searching for reservations during the last few days of your trip since only hotel guests would be able to reserve those days at that point (thus better chances for availability).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2021 at 2 p.m. Jamie Says...

Does this apply if we are staying at Hilton buena vista palace Disney springs? I do have the Hilton hotel linked into my Disney experience app! Should I be able to book dining for the whole stay on that first 60 day mark?

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Oct 22, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie!

The benefit for booking dining during your entire stay is only available for Disney owned-and-operated resorts on property.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 10, 2021 at 12:13 p.m. Natalie Says...

What is the best time of day to start booking a character dinner? I am scared we are not going to be able to book a character dinner even if we jump on it 60 days out. Please help! Everything looks booked every day that I check. And our date when we can book is coming very quickly.

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Oct 12, 2021 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

On the 60-day mark, we'd suggest initially checking around 5:30 a.m. (ET) for dining reservations and keep checking throughout the day. If you're unable to get one on that day, then our best advice is to keep checking occasionally leading up to your trip since cancellations do happen. We'd had luck at random times, such as 12:40 a.m. or right before 11:59 p.m. when people cancel to avoid paying a cancellation fee, for hard-to-get reservations. If your visit is after Oct. 19 when Disney Genie launches at Disney World, then you'll be able to use Genie to look up dining reservations and Walk-Up availability for restaurants if available. Good luck!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 8, 2021 at 10:12 p.m. Irene Says...

Hello, I have reservations and part tickets all set for December this year. Today is the first day of the 60 day window. I cannot find a single restaurant with availability online. is this normal for every restaurant to be booked full in just a few hours? I've been on hold for over 2 1/2 hours, I'm still on hold, but I'm worried that I wont get a single reservation even though I'm making them 60 days out. Any suggestions?

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Oct 12, 2021 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Irene!

Our best advice is to keep checking occasionally leading up to your trip since cancellations do happen. We’d had luck when we check at random times, such as 12:40 a.m. (in the middle of the night) or right before 11:59 p.m. when people cancel to avoid paying a cancellation fee, for hard-to-get reservations. If your visit is after Oct. 19 when Disney Genie launches at Disney World, then you’ll be able to use Genie to look up dining reservations and Walk-Up availability for restaurants if available during your trip. Good luck!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 6, 2021 at 10:17 p.m. Jeff Says...

This is our first time to Disney World, and I am looking to get some dining reservations, but even a month out there are no reservations available for sit down dining! Is this normal? If so, what "walk-up" dining would you recommend in Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios? We have a family of 5. Thanks for your response.

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Oct 7, 2021 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeff!

We recommend you keep checking back as cancellations do happen! You can check for walk-up availability once you're there as well. But you can't go wrong with quick-service restaurants either! Some of our favorite quick-service restaurants include Regal Eagle and Sunshine Seasons at EPCOT (also the Via Napoli Pizza Window, if it's open, and the Food & Wine Festival booths!), Flame Tree Barbecue and Satu'li Canteen at Animal Kingdom, and Ronto Roasters and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo at Hollywood Studios.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 1, 2021 at 2:44 p.m. David Says...

To make ADRs at restaurants in the parks, do you need to already have a park pass reservation at the park the restaurant is in?

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Oct 1, 2021 at 11:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

A park pass is not required to make the ADR, but it would be required to enter the park and attend :) Hope that helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 9, 2021 at 9:01 p.m. Mary Says...

Hi,

Do you know if they will cancel the reservation at a certain point if you don't have a park pass for that day? We have a 'rest' day planned with no current park pass, but I made a reservation at AK that day for a subset that I think will want to add once we're on-site.

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Nov 10, 2021 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

The dining reservation will remain unless you cancel it. So if you decide not to go to Animal Kingdom that day, just make sure to cancel the dining reservation by 11:59 p.m. the night before - or by the time that is stated in its cancellation policy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2021 at 7:59 p.m. michelle barrett Says...

I have Park Hopper tickets, I have made my reservations for each day at each park, but since I have a Park Hopper, can I reserve a dinner table at EPCOT on a day I've reserved my space at MK? Thanks!

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Sep 27, 2021 at 5:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Yes, since you have Park Hopper tickets, that is toadally possible! As usual, park entry is subject to capacity, but we haven't run into any such issues since park hopping returned.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 26, 2021 at 9:32 p.m. Heather Says...

Hi. We're staying on the property over Thanksgiving week. I've been logging in and trying to make reservations for any restaurant that corresponds with the park we will be at on those days. Every last restaurant is booked! Every one, for our entire trip! Even the less popular ones. Any advice on what to do? My family can't just not eat for the whole week Lol.

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Sep 28, 2021 at 8:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

We're seeing some availability for restaurants inside the parks, so we encourage you to keep checking periodically, as cancellations do hoppen! While not guaranteed, the day before can also be a good time to check, as sometimes people switch plans last minute and drop their reservation to avoid the cancellation fee.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2021 at 8:25 p.m. Jen Says...

Hi! We're split between two Disney properties and the Swan Reserve over 10+ days. I don't see my Swan Reserve reservation in my "My Disney Experience" app-- does it still entitle me to book 10 days in advance? Do I need to specifically link it? I currently have some overlapping reservations because I was (am?) worried the Reserve might actually not open on time.

Are the overlapping reservations going to be a problem? I tried to book all at one resort today but there was no Disney property I could get all 11 days I wanted. :( Will it be a problem for the dining reservations if I later pair back some of the redundant reservations?

Thank you, Mommy Frog!

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Sep 22, 2021 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

Split stays should not be an issue for your dining reservations, but note that the Swan Reserve does not provide similar advance dining benefits as Disney Resort hotels. If you are going past Oct. 1, we would suggest linking your Swan Reserve reservation in My Disney Experience just for the Early Theme Park Entry benefit. But back to dining! Overlapping reservations should not be a problem. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2021 at 7:50 p.m. Emily Says...

if you make a reservation for 6 people and only five people show up will you be charged for the missing person?

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Sep 21, 2021 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

The no-show policy kicks in if no one in the party shows up. You're also able to confirm the number of guests when you check in with the host or through the app via mobile check-in.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2021 at 4:07 p.m. Jen Says...

I have seen this at Disneyland and wondered if anybody has every successfully moved their headcount UP at restaurant check-in. We have a grandparent in our traveling group who probably won't come to the park most days and it looks like it's much easier to reserve a table for 4 than 5. Is it possible to add someone on the day of?

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Sep 22, 2021 at 11:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

It's always worth checking with the restaurant the day of your reservation to see if they can accommodate a larger party!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2021 at 7:03 p.m. CuriousCat Says...

I have Boo Bash tickets ONLY and am not staying onsite, what is the earliest time I can make an ADR at Magic Kingdom without a park reservation? Thank you!

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Sep 21, 2021 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Boo Bash guests can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 7 p.m. without needing a day ticket or Disney Park Pass reservation.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 30, 2021 at 8:50 p.m. KJ Says...

Hi there - if a dining reservation was made for 6 and I selected the 6 guests from my party that would attend...but now we want to switch those on the reservation...does this have to be done in advance, or can a different 6 show up as long as they have the reservation #?

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Aug 30, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi KJ!

As long as you have the reservation number, and the main point of contact (usually the person who reserved) is there, it doesn't matter who the other 5 are :) Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 25, 2021 at 1:34 a.m. Kay Says...

Hi! I'm staying at a Disney Resort for 5 days this fall and I'm a bit unclear on which date I can start making reservations! Do I make my reservation 60 days out from my check in date, or 65 days out from my check-in date (since I'm staying 5 days). Thanks!

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Aug 25, 2021 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kay!

You can start making reservations 60 days in advance from your check-in date. Since you're staying at a Disney hotel, you'll be able to make reservations for the remaining days of your trip at the same time. For that reason, we recommend starting out by searching for reservations during the last few days of your trip since only hotel guests would be able to reserve those days (thus better chances for availability).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2021 at 1:28 a.m. Kay Says...

Thank you!

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Aug 30, 2021 at 7:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

You're welcome, Kay! Hoppy to help :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2021 at 10:01 p.m. Janeen Says...

Do you have recommendations for the best Restaurant with vegetarian options?

Also any idea if/when the Fantasmic dinner package is coming back?

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Aug 23, 2021 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janeen!

Most restaurants now have at least one plant-based option available, which is great! Our personal fave right now are the plant-based "meatballs" with hummus and pita from Docking Bay 7 at Hollywood Studios in Galaxy's Edge. As of now, no return date for "Fantasmic" has been announced, but we'll keep you posted if that changes!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2021 at 11:16 a.m. Kirk Campbell Says...

This is impossible! Went online to book Character/Unique Dining for our daughter’s 5th birthday. We are not staying on property. Everything was booked by the time the system stopped showing error messages. Any tips or secrets to still get a great experience?

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Aug 18, 2021 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kirk!

It doesn't hurt to keep checking periodically leading up to your trip, as cancellations do happen. While not guaranteed, the day before can also be a good time to check, as sometimes people switch plans last minute and drop their reservation to avoid the cancellation fee. But even if you don't snag a dining reservation, you can still have a great birthday experience at the resort! Check out our tips for celebrating a birthday at Disney World.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2021 at 1:55 a.m. Kirk Campbell Says...

Thanks!!!

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Aug 20, 2021 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hoppy to help, Kirk! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2021 at 8:37 p.m. Trevor Says...

Hi! Staying at Pop century in October. My 60 day window starts tomorrow. When I log in to make my reservations will the other days of my stay be open for dining reservations as well? Staying 8 days. Thanks in advance!

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Aug 16, 2021 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trevor!

Hopefully we're not too late with answering your question, but yes, since you're staying on-site, you should be able to make reservations for the other days of your stay!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2021 at 11:22 p.m. Trevor Hall Says...

Ok great! Thank you- Do i just go to the app and select check dining availability and all the days will show?

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Aug 17, 2021 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trevor!

Yes, correct! You'll need to choose each date separately, but availability should pop up for each day of your trip (since you would be logged into your account and your hotel reservation is linked) — though some may not, depending on availability.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2021 at 11:24 p.m. Amanda Says...

I apologize if this has already been asked but I'm having trouble wrapping my head around all this info - are reservations only required for table service restaurants or would I also need to do so for counter service places? Thank you!

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Aug 10, 2021 at 7:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

Reservations are only required for table-service restaurants (though you may find some same-day availability for walk-up lists). Counter service restaurants do not require reservations, but some only accept mobile order - so My Disney Experience is a handy tool while you're in the parks! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 4, 2021 at 11:54 a.m. Leslie Says...

Just to clarify if we are staying on property but don't have park reservations yet we can't make the ADRs until we do, or is it we can book but have to make sure we have a park ressie the day we will be eating there.

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Aug 4, 2021 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie!

You can book dining reservations, even if you don't have a park reservation yet, as long as you're in the 60-day booking window. You'll just need to make sure that you have a park reservation for the same park that day. (Also, if you have park hopper tickets, you do not need a theme park reservation if you're making a dining reservation after 2 p.m. at the park you're hopping to. Note that you run the small risk of the second park reaching capacity, but we'd only be concerned about that if you're visiting during an extremely busy time, as that has rarely happened ever since park hopping returned.)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 2, 2021 at 10:54 p.m. Angel Says...

Q?

Got a res for La hacienda del San Angel on October 1st at 815p..

Didn’t know if this is too early as the fireworks are scheduled for 945 and I was hoping to see them during dinner and avoid the crowds!

Is there a time limit?

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Aug 3, 2021 at 3:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angel!

It looks like the restaurant closes at 9 p.m., so while you may have a little wiggle room, there's a chance you won't be able to stay through until the fireworks. Others in the Frog Pond, any experience with this?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2021 at 1:17 p.m. Dawn Says...

For my son’s birthday he wanted to go to T-Rex, but I couldn’t ADR it. I’m going to try calling directly, but I hear they are too busy to answer at times. Any other suggestions? Oh also we have Be Our Guest res., is there a way to choose a particular room? Thank you for the great Info.

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Aug 2, 2021 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn!

We'd suggest either checking OpenTable (if available; select Disney Springs restaurants can be booked through that site) or if not, calling the restaurant directly, as you mentioned. As for Be Our Guest, while it's not guaranteed, you can request a room upon check-in with the host. You may need to wait a little longer (if they're able to accommodate your preference), so it doesn't hurt to ask!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 22, 2021 at 11:02 p.m. Sandi Says...

My husband and I are staying at Shades of Green, we are FL residents and will be driving. My son's family is flying into a kid friendly WDW resort hotel. We would like to join up for some hotel restaurant meals. How is parking managed at the WDW resorts when we drive over to eat at a WDW hotel restaurant? Is there a daily or hourly charge? We particularly want to eat at the Grand Floridian, Jiko and the Flying Fish.

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Jul 23, 2021 at 9:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandi!

Complimentary standard self-parking is available for day guests enjoying select dining, shopping, entertainment and recreation experiences at Disney Resort hotels. You will just need to verify your reservation confirmation at security!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 19, 2021 at 12:52 p.m. Tammy Says...

I have Disney Hotel reservations for 12 days. I understand I can only do up to 10 days at the 60 day mark of my checkin date. Do i make dinner reaervations for the 11th day the next day and the 12th day the next day after that?

Disney made it sound like i had to wait 60 days for the 11th and 12th day of my stay.(I loose the 10 extra days for the last two days)? Has anyone tried making dinner reservations for the 11th day of your stay?

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Jul 15, 2021 at 2:32 p.m. Debbie Says...

If I have a Disney resort, park passes & dining reservations linked to my Disney experience & decide to cancel the resort & stay off property will I lose my park passes & dining reservations?

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Jul 19, 2021 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie!

If you are only modifying your resort reservation, your dining and park reservations should remain in place (as long as you aren't in an early booking window for dining reservations). Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 18, 2021 at 3:36 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

Just confirming, have you heard of cases where people's dining reservations were cancelled if they utilized the early booking window for disney resort guests and later cancelled their disney resort hotel reservation? Disney says that cancelling a hotel room won't automatically cancel your restaurant reservations, but now I'm wondering if the restaurant reservations *will* be cancelled if they were booked during the early booking window. I'd really appreciate any info or confirmation you have. Thank you for the wonderful website and helpful information!!

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Jul 15, 2021 at 3:35 a.m. Tammy Teachout Says...

When is the last reservation of the day at the parks? If the park closes at 10 (as example) would the latest allowed reservation be 9 so you have time to get out by closing or would it be at 10?

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Jul 15, 2021 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tammy!

It can vary depending on availability, but it is possible to get reservations up until park closing time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 14, 2021 at 10:19 p.m. Doug Says...

We have a party of 10 ( 6 adults, 2 children, 2 infants ) traveling to Disney for 7 days in early December. Any tips for making reservations for larger groups?

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Jul 15, 2021 at 7:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Doug!

Restaurants have differing size restrictions when it comes to reserving online, so while we'd give My Disney Experience a shot, we'd also suggest calling the dining line directly with a list of your most wanted reservations - that number is (407) 939-6690, and it opens at 7 a.m. Eastern. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 27, 2021 at 6:58 p.m. Gail Says...

Is there any chance in the near future of the return of breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table? Any news of a return date for Hoop De Doo?

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Aug 26, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. Meh Says...

DFB said it’s breakfast is supposed to return October 1st!

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Jun 28, 2021 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gail!

Unfortunately, we don't have potential timelines for the return of breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table or Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, but in general, dining options have been returning gradually. We're keeping our eyes and ears out for any announcements!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2021 at 5:16 p.m. Kyle Says...

So dining reservations can be made 60 days in advance for an entire trip up to 10 days, What If a hotel reservation is modified after dining reservations are made, i have a 10 day trip booked but due to a change in schedule we have to push back check in by 3 days. First will i loose the reservations i already made, 2 will the modify my hotel confirmation or revise it, my concern is if they cancel hotel reservation and make a new one, dining/experience reservations will go with it.

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Jun 25, 2021 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kyle,

If you need to push back your hotel reservation, you would need to cancel your dining/experience reservations separately.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 30, 2021 at 4:40 p.m. Isabel Says...

Piggybacking off of this question/making sure I understand correctly (I have a similar question):

If you have a Disney resort reservation which you have used to make dining reservations within the 60 +10 day window, your dining reservations will NOT automatically be canceled if you have to change your resort reservation? Just want to make sure that if I have to adjust hotel reservations I won't have all my dining reservations wiped out because they're linked in some way to my hotel!

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Jun 30, 2021 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isabel!

Correct! Dining reservations will not cancel automatically if you need to adjust your hotel reservation.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2021 at 11:02 a.m. Jan Says...

Is it easy to get the place you want for lunch while booking that morning for lunch?? We will have 4 kids under 10. No one wants starving kiddos waiting to eat. I want to book Rainforest at Disney Spings for our 1st night stay, can this also be booked 60 days in advance?? thanks great blog!

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Jun 24, 2021 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jan!

You can usually easily find available reservations on the day of, but depending on crowds and demand, your options could be very limited and your choices may not be available. For this reason, we think it's better to reserve in advance! You can always keep checking and cancel reservations in case something else you want pops up, as it gets closer to your trip. Yes, you can book the Rainforest Cafe via My Disney Experience!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 21, 2021 at 7:05 p.m. Jennifer Ware Says...

Reservations fill up so fast. Can my husband and myself be logged into my account at the same time and both try for a different set of restaurant reservations like I try to snag all dinners while he tries to snag lunches?

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Jun 22, 2021 at 4:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

It is possible to be logged into one account on multiple devices at the same time, though there's a small chance you could run into technical issues. To completely avoid any potential problems, you could also make a separate account for your husband and then link your accounts together via your Family and Friends list. For dining reservations though, you just need the lead guest (the default is the owner of each My Disney Experience account) and the number of guests. You can update the reservation later to add linked Family and Friends so it shows up in both accounts, but it is not necessary. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 19, 2021 at 12:34 p.m. Jamie Says...

If we have a reservation for a party of 6 but we only have a part of 4, will we still be able to dine without paying extra for the other 2 people who won’t be there?

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Jun 21, 2021 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

You should be fine! The no-show policy applies if no one in the group shows up. If you're using Mobile Check-In, it will ask you to confirm the number of guests, so you can change the number then, or if you physically check in with the host, you can let them know.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 17, 2021 at 2:52 a.m. Evan M Says...

Thanks for the great content! My wife and I are going to Disney World in October for our anniversary. We are staying at the All Star Movie Resort for 3 nights and doing 3 days in the park. Getting specific dining reservations (Cinderella’s Royal Table, Oga’s Cantina, etc.) is really important to us despite how hard they are to get. I know that we will be able to make reservations 60 days in advance plus the length of our stay (3 extra days). I’ve counted the days out that I’m currently able to see restaurant availability on the My Disney Experience app and it is only 60 days even though our hotel reservations are linked in the app. How do I get access to make reservations 3 days earlier than the 60 day mark - is it in the app/website or only over the phone during those extra days?

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Jun 17, 2021 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Evan!

Everyone gains access at the 60-day mark (not any earlier), so what you want to do is search for the harder-to-get reservations for the second and third dates because it's still beyond the timeframe that the non-Disney hotel guests have. (In other words, non-Disney hotel guests need to make reservations every day for each day of their trip, while you would be able to make all of your reservations at the 60-day mark.) Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 21, 2021 at 12:35 p.m. Evan M Says...

Thanks, I think this makes sense. So, from the 60-day out mark of the first date of our trip, we can also book the second and third trip day reservations as well, which gives us a 2 day head start on non-resort guests?

One other question- do we have to call the phone number to book day 2 & 3 early at the 60 day mark of our first day or will we have access on the site/app to do so?

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Jun 21, 2021 at 9:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Evan!

Yes, that's correct! As long as your hotel reservation is linked to your My Disney Experience account, you should be able to make reservations for the length of your stay (aka the second and third days of your trip) on the app/website without having to call.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 14, 2021 at 1:12 p.m. Jamie Says...

Restaurant reservations open at 12AM EDT!!

I am at the 60 day mark now and trying to book dining reservations... I logged on before 5:45am and found that there were already times available, but not many. The next day I tried at 12am and restaurant reservations were all available. Just thought I'd pass this on.

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Jun 14, 2021 at 12:05 p.m. Sherry Says...

If I book dining reservations under my resort reservations and then cancel my resort (might be able to use points at stay at the Swan for free) can I keep my dining reservations?

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Jun 14, 2021 at 1:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherry!

Yes, adjusting your hotel reservations will not impact your dining reservations. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 14, 2021 at 8 p.m. Sherry Says...

Thanks so much Mommy Frog!!!

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Jun 14, 2021 at 5:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You're welcome, Sherry!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 6, 2021 at 2:55 p.m. D Says...

Hello

Is there a way to type in a name of a restaurant and find out it’s Next available breakfast time ??

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Jun 7, 2021 at 5:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

If you're navigating the My Disney Experience app, you can use the search function to type in the name of the restaurant — for example, let's say Chef Mickey's. Once you find Chef Mickey's from the search results, click on it and it will take you to the restaurant's page for more details. There's an option to reserve dining (or join a walk-up list, if available). You input the party size, and then a calendar will pop up so you can search availability. Just click through the closest dates until you find the next available time slot. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 13, 2021 at 2:59 p.m. Sade Says...

How much is a dining reservation if I am not doing the dining plan?? We have a party of 40 going on Christmas. We know on the dining plan a reservation is $1 to reserve but since we are not doing dining plan this year how much would the reservation be?

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May 13, 2021 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sade,

The reservations do not cost anything in advance, but Disney will place a hold on your credit card (it would only be charged if you do not show up or cancel at least 24 hours before your reservation). Depending on your credit card company, they may issue a pending $1 charge (as you have been charged in the past) until the hold is lifted, so you will likely run into the same $1 charge when you go to make the dining reservations.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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