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

by Mommy Frog on July 13, 2021 397 Orlando

Ins and Outs of Disney 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 benefit debuting Oct. 1), 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.

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.

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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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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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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May 10, 2021 at 8:29 p.m. Christopher Says...

We will be staying 10 days at WDW in the fall; two people in our group will be staying at a Disney-owned resort (Wilderness Lodge), while two people will be staying at a non-Disney resort (Swan & Dolphin). When we get to 60 days before our arrival, will the two people who are staying at the Wilderness Lodge be able to make 4-person advance dining reservations for the entire length of stay on that day (and include the two people who are staying at Swan & Dolphin in those reservations)?

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May 11, 2021 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christopher!

On-site guests are the only ones who will be able to book for the full length of stay; however, the on-site guests can make a reservation for as many people as they'd like at that time. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 12, 2021 at 5:11 p.m. Christopher Says...

Perfect! So it sounds like there should be no problem for the 2 people in our party who will be staying at Wilderness Lodge to make all of the ADRs for the full length of stay (10 days) as soon as we hit 60 days from their check in, to be reservations for 4 people (including the 2 people who will be staying at Swan & Dolphin), and we won't have to do day-by-day reservations to add in those staying at S&D.

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May 12, 2021 at 12:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christopher!

That's correct - the one caveat is that you may run into issues if they try to link to the guests who aren't staying on-site in My Disney Experience (which is to say, don't add the guest staying off-site to the dining party; leave them listed as Guest).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 9, 2021 at 2:25 p.m. Holly Says...

The article says select restaurants will have reservations available to book at 545 (instead of 6). Which restaurants?

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May 10, 2021 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly,

Per Disney, the restaurants available early vary, so we'd recommend hopping on as early as you're able; if you can hop on at 5:45 a.m. and it seems like options are scarce, try again at 6 a.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 7, 2021 at 1:16 p.m. Keyla Says...

Is there a way or a like a website that can alert me if there are any openings at a Disney restaurant. I m ow u can check everyday to see if you get lucky and have an opening ... but is there a easier way ? Especially The week of your stay ? And can u call the restaurants directly much appreciated !

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May 7, 2021 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kayla,

Unfortunately, there's no way to receive alerts when more dining reservations become available. We've gotten last-minute reservations by pure luck and chance. If it's not a Disney-owned restaurant, you can call the restaurant directly (for instance, T-REX at Disney Springs), but otherwise, all reservations must be made through the Disney dining reservation system.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 6, 2021 at 3:49 p.m. Cathy Says...

I have reservations for 3 at a couple of WDW restaurants. My niece will now be joining me and the wait on the phone is over 2+ hours to ask this question. Would I be able to get 4 seated if I show up at the restaurant?

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May 6, 2021 at 4:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cathy,

For peace of mind, we would suggest calling, so you're able to confirm that your niece can be added to the reservation. If you don't want the hassle of a phone call, you can also continue to check availability to see if any new reservations for a party of 4 pop up, and cancel the old ones. If you do show up at the restaurant on the day of, there's a chance the restaurant may not be able to accommodate the extra person, but with mobile check-in, you'll confirm the number of people in your party. If you add a person, it may delay your reservation. (Alternatively, you could also check-in with the host a couple hours before your reservation to see if it'd be possible to add a person.)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 2, 2021 at 10:29 a.m. Brenda Says...

We are having the same problem with 60 days out with restaurants being totally filled already. I was up and started checking with app as soon as it opened each day. Any ideas?

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May 3, 2021 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenda,

If you're checking as soon as the system opens, then it's likely that the guests who are staying on-site and can reserve dining reservations for the length of their stay (up to 10 days) are sharing some overlap with the timeframe you're going. So if they're booking the dining reservations toward the end of their trip, then by the time you're able to check, there may not be any left, especially if you're trying for the more popular restaurants that book quickly. However, if you're not seeing any for smaller, less popular restaurants, I'd suggest calling the dining reservation hotline to see if they can help out. Otherwise, keep checking periodically because people will cancel reservations and more times could become available.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 29, 2021 at 9:16 p.m. Lynn Says...

On speaker phone for almost 2 hrs. WDW DINE

Maybe you should think of hiring more cast members. I have the Disney app but need to speak to a cast member about reservations and restaurants not on app 60 days in advance.

How do reservations get filled if you are within the 60 days?

Not very magical

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Apr 16, 2021 at 12:26 p.m. Andrea D Says...

Good morning! I am planning my June 2021 WDW trip now with my toddlers twins for their first visit to Disney. They're OBSESSED with Mickey Mouse and I'm trying to get into Chef Mickey's. Our 60 day window opened up this am, and I was logged in hovering the reserve button starting at 5:50. When the day became available to book, there were no time available almost instantly. Any insider tips to getting reserved there? I will try again the next couple of mornings to try to get in the week we're there.

Thanks in advance!

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Apr 16, 2021 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

We would recommend continuing to check back, even during your trip, as people do cancel. Mickey is also at Hollywood and Vine for Minnie's Seasonal Dining, at the Riviera for Breakfast a la Art and at Chip 'n' Dale's Harvest Feast at EPCOT's Garden Grill. Have so much fun with your Mickey fans! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 15, 2021 at 5:40 a.m. Sherry Says...

Going to WDW in June 2021. I was able to get a 9:00am reservations for OGA's on June 15th, The park opens at 9:00am as does OGA's. Will we be able to get into the park earlier than 9:00am so as not to miss our reservation?

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Apr 15, 2021 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherry!

How fun! Yes, you should have no problem getting in early. The parks tend to let guests in starting a half hour or more before the posted opening time, so we'd just be sure to get hoppin' early so you can be some of the first into the park to make your way back. Wave at DJ R3X for us!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 13, 2021 at 1:15 p.m. Zoe B Says...

We have a split stay booked. Will we be able to book dining for our full stay, or should I plan on going on a second time to book based on the start of our second stay?

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Apr 13, 2021 at 8:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Zoe,

When you book a split stay, you have two separate resort hotel reservations, each with its own booking window for dining reservations. So yes, you will need to plan for a second day to book those dining reservations during the second booking window.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 13, 2021 at 4:11 a.m. Holly Says...

Hello! We are going to MK on June 8th. Park closing just changed from 6pm to 9pm instead. Will restaurants add additional reservations and if so, any idea when?

Thanks!

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Apr 14, 2021 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly!

I am seeing some later availability now! Just know that if you search for "dinner," those later reservations may not show up - try looking for an exact time instead (I filtered by Magic Kingdom restaurants at 8 p.m. on June 8 and am seeing a good selection, including Be Our Guest :) )

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 12, 2021 at 3:36 a.m. Mandy Says...

We have 10 in our party and I’d like to book online for all of us. Is this possible through the website or do I need to wait the extra hour and call in bc it’s a larger party?

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Apr 12, 2021 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mandy,

It is possible to book online, but each restaurant has a different maximum number of guests per party, which is why it can be more difficult for larger parties to book online. We'd suggest trying to book online first to see what you can get, and if needed, call the reservation line for help with snagging any others.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 3, 2021 at 10:35 a.m. Elsa A Quintero Says...

Hello! First time Disney World visit here in june!

If we have a reservation @ chef mickeys, is that restaurant in a park?

Thank you! Trying to plan out our trip.

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Apr 5, 2021 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elsa,

No, Chef Mickey's is at Disney's Contemporary Resort (one of the hotels near Magic Kingdom)!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 23, 2021 at 10:02 p.m. mike Says...

i made dining reservations for 14 people for may 2021 at several places and was able to do it early because, i had a hotel reservation and the others don't now it looks like i will not be able to go and i need to cancel my room reservation but the others will still be going will the dining reservations be cancelled as well

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Mar 23, 2021 at 6:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

We would suggest calling the dining line at (407) 939-3463 to transfer the reservations to another member of your party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 16, 2021 at 2:34 p.m. Alayna Says...

We're staying at the Dolphin for 7 days in May. Our 60 day mark for our trip is tomorrow. Am I able to make reservations for the entire trip tomorrow? Or do I have to wake up each morning for the next 7 days to make dining reservations (60 day mark for each day)?

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Mar 22, 2021 at 4:13 a.m. Kayleigh Says...

Alayna, were you able to make your reservations? For some reason I thought S&D had the privileges of WDW resorts, maybe I overlooked ADRs.

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Mar 22, 2021 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kayleigh!

Previously, Swan and Dolphin had the same on-site benefits as Walt Disney World Resort hotels when it came to Extra Magic Hours and FastPass+ early reservation windows, but unfortunately, that doesn't include dining. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 16, 2021 at 4 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alayna!

You'll need to log on for each individual day. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 16, 2021 at 4:42 a.m. Taylor Says...

Hi,

I know the dining plan is still currently unavailable, but I’m planning a trip for our honeymoon at the start of next year when it could possibly have returned. For the dining plan, does the price have to be paid for each person in your party to be a part of the plan or does the price include everyone? Thank you!

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Mar 16, 2021 at 2:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Taylor!

Previously, the cost of the dining plan was per person, per night, so each person in your party over the age of 3 would need to pay for a dining plan. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 15, 2021 at 6:20 p.m. Jim Says...

How many people are allowed to sit at Disney Restaurants? Trying to do 60 day reservation, and none of them have openings for 8 people, but do have openings for 4 and 6 people?

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Mar 16, 2021 at 3:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jim,

Since you have a larger party, it may be easier to book dining reservations through the Disney Dining hotline at 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463), if you're not finding any through My Disney Experience. The maximum number of guests depends on the restaurant.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 15, 2021 at 6:22 a.m. Robin Rowe Says...

If I have a hopper, visit MK for the day and have a dining reservation at EPCOT and cannot get in at 2PM due to availability, will i still be able to get in for my dining?

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Mar 15, 2021 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin!

Unfortunately, a dining reservation does not guarantee park entry. That said, there have been no issues thus far with park capacity when hopping! If you were to run into a situation where you couldn't hop to EPCOT, give the dining reservation line a call and they will make sure you don't get charged. That number is (407) 939-3463. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 9, 2021 at 6:49 p.m. Lauren Dabney Says...

So My husband and I travel alone so it is only the two of us. For a restaurant in Disney Springs, there is no available time for groups of 2 but there is for groups of 3 or 4. If I were to book for a table of 3 but only 2 of us show up what would happen?

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Mar 15, 2021 at 6:23 a.m. Robin Rowe Says...

Prepandemic, we had a party member not show and we were not charged.

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Feb 16, 2021 at 3:17 a.m. Mike Says...

Hi, I missed out on some reservations that I wanted and I'm checking the app daily. if I don't care about times can I just check lunch or dinner? Or should I check each individual time slot to see if anything might be available that way? I wasnt sure if selecting lunch would show nothing available but say noon may have something?

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Feb 16, 2021 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

Reservation times should pop up by time or timeframe (lunch/dinner) if they become available, so checking each individual time slot isn't necessary. However, if you do check individual time slots, it'll refresh every time you select one (more chances for one to pop up suddenly), versus only checking the lunch or dinner timeframes. That said, if selecting lunch shows no reservations available, then selecting noon shouldn't have anything either (unless one were to pop up if you refresh at that exact moment).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 31, 2021 at 11:56 a.m. Chris Says...

If 7 am is when reservations go live, why are there none before then?

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Feb 1, 2021 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris,

The dining hotline opens up at 7 a.m. if you want to make ADRs over the phone, but online reservations begin at 6 a.m. with select restaurants starting as early as 5:45 a.m. (We've updated this post to specify these two times.) Additionally, Disney Resort hotel guests are able to book up to 60 days in advance, plus the length of their stay up to 10 days. If you were trying to make a reservation for one of the earlier days during your trip, then that date may have overlapped with hotel guests who have arrival dates just before you and already made their reservations for the later part of their vacation.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 29, 2021 at 12:28 a.m. Renae Says...

I have never been able to make any reservations prior to 6am EST on my 60 day mark. Which restaurants are these “select” ones that may open as early as 5:45am? My dates are always grayed out until 6am.

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Mar 29, 2021 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renae!

That has been our experience, as well, but since Disney World specifically lists that some restaurants may open up a few minutes early, we felt that it was important to mention :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 24, 2021 at 12:19 p.m. Kevin Says...

So I tried to get a reservation at Oga's Cantina in Hollywood Studios right at 5:00am MST and there were none available. It almost seemed as if the reservations for that day had opened up prior to 7am EST. Did I miss it or did the times go so fast that I never even saw any available?

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Jan 25, 2021 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

You can start making online reservations on the Disney World website or through the My Disney Experience app starting at 6 a.m. (Eastern Time) while the phone lines open up at 7 a.m. Additionally, Disney Resort hotel guests are able to book up to 60 days in advance, plus the length of their stay up to 10 days. If you were trying to make a reservation for one of the earlier days during your trip, then that date may have overlapped with hotel guests who have arrival dates just before you and already made their reservations for the later part of their vacation.

Since Oga's Cantina is a hoppin' spot with limited capacity, those reservations have been filling up very quickly. We recommend checking periodically leading up to your trip (including the day before - some tend to wait for flexibility but cancel a day before to avoid the 24-hour cancelation fee) in case any reservations become available.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 24, 2021 at 12:07 p.m. Nancy Graham Says...

I have a 6:40 dinner reservation at CRT after the park closes at 6. We are staying at Coronado Springs and will be using Disney transportation to go to the parks. How will we get back to the resort after dinner?

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Jan 26, 2021 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy,

Typically, bus transportation ends about an hour after park close (though during busier periods, it can be up to two hours). If the buses have stopped running after your dinner, don't fret — we have a few suggestions! Likely, you won't be the only ones dining after hours. Especially as a Disney Resort hotel guest, Disney will not leave you stranded. You may need to talk to a Cast Member and wait a while for a bus, but they will take care of you. A couple of other alternative options would be: 1) Take the short walk over to Contemporary Resort, hop on a bus to Disney Springs and once there, transfer to a bus for Coronado Springs. 2) Walk over to Contemporary Resort (since the monorail also stops and you wouldn't be able to get to TTC where the ride share pick-up is for Magic Kingdom) and grab an Uber or Lyft.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 22, 2021 at 8:27 p.m. Kat Says...

Great info, thank you. We are planning on going the first week of October 2021. We are in AZ and only been to DW once before. As I understand it, dining reservations are now 60 days in advance instead of the 180 days it used to be. I fear it could change back to the 180 days and I might not know about it. Do you have any idea if they plan on returning to the 180 days?

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Jan 23, 2021 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kat!

We're hoppy to help! That's correct - currently, dining reservations can be booked at 60 days out. To our knowledge, no changes are on the horizon!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 16, 2020 at 12:29 a.m. Nikaela Says...

Hi there

We are planning to go in January 2021 and I was wondering if right now you are allowed to make a dining reservation at a resort you arent staying at? We are staying at the Pop but wanted to eat at The Wilderness Lodge one night. Also, do you happen to know if we are allowed to hang out in the lobby at all before or after our reservation? Thanks for your help!

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Nov 16, 2020 at 7:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nikaela!

You sure are - as long as you have a reservation, you can hop over and enjoy the resort (even if you aren't staying there). Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 18, 2020 at 5:25 a.m. Nikaela Says...

Thank you so much!

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Oct 22, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. Arielle Says...

Hello!!

Everything I keep reading says 60 days prior but this is saying 70 if on property. Is the 70 days out if on property still accurate? Also how early can I log on to make them

Thanks!

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Oct 22, 2020 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Arielle!

60 days is correct; if you are staying on-site, you are able to book 60 days in advance for your entire length of stay.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2020 at 1:07 a.m. M C Brasfield Says...

Are there restrictions for how many in a party for dining reservations? We have 8 in our party.

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Sep 24, 2020 at 10:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Each restaurant has different limits on party sizes - but most of those limits are 8 or more, so you should be all set! Anything larger than a party of 8, we recommend calling the dining reservation line versus reserving online so that a cast member can help.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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