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

by Mommy Frog on June 29, 2022 501 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 while most restaurants have reopened, some experiences may be modified or temporarily unavailable.)

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 the 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

Ins and Outs of Disney World Advanced Dining Reservations - Mobile Check-In Sign

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 Early Theme Park Entry benefit), 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, you'll just need to have entered your first Disney Park Pass reservation before heading to your second park, 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. (In the past, this window had been 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 of your days at once (Hop Tip: Start with the most in-demand restaurants on your list first when reserving).

It's not uncommon to find that the most popular restaurants, such as Cinderella's Royal Table and Be Our Guest, 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.

Guide to Advanced Dining Reservations - The Hollywood Brown Derby

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.

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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 (such as Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue or Spirit of Aloha, when available) or dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside Cinderella Castle.

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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 same-day, 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.

Ins and Outs of Disney World Advanced Dining Reservations - Mobile Check-In and Availability Sign

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 also recommend clicking on various times instead of only checking meal sections. So instead of only clicking on "lunch," we recommend clicking the 12 p.m. slot, then the 1 p.m. slot, and so on until something pops up.

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.

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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. We've also had good luck with checking in 15 minutes early and being sat fairly quickly.

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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Jun 21, 2022 at 2:15 p.m. jennifer Says...

Tips for getting a reservation for a group of 11 - or should we split up?

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Jun 21, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

If you have trouble finding reservations for your large party, then we'd suggest either calling the Disney Dining hotline (407-WDW-DINE or 407-939-3463) - they may be able to help, or splitting the party into smaller groups.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 19, 2022 at 9:23 p.m. Simone Says...

Hi

We have a park reservation at magic kingdom

On 15th August but when when I checked on my Disney app it states that the park is open

9am to 6pm will they still do the firework show and if so do you know what time it will start.

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Jun 21, 2022 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Simone!

On August 15, we're seeing 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. for Magic Kingdom's park hours, so you should be good! (You may have been accidentally looking at August 16, which is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. due to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. On party nights, fireworks are not available unless you're staying as a party guest.)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2022 at 8:20 p.m. Craig Says...

What happens if not all of the guests who have reserved a seat at a restaurant are able to attend that day? I reserved for 4 people but only 2 can attend? Will I be charged for the extra people, or $10 each for the 2 who cant attend?

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May 24, 2022 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Craig!

Generally, the no-show fee only applies if no one from your party shows. As long as you don't no-show the reservation entirely, you should be good to go. Be sure to let the hostess know your party count has changed when you check in!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 18, 2022 at 10:24 a.m. Graham Thomson Says...

My daughter and I both tried today, starting at 5:45 Eastern. Could not search until 6 AM. We trieda a total of about 15 things between us and got ZERO. Not very impressive. Wondering about what ride lines are going to look like. Based on experience so far, I'd cancel if it was up to me.

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May 13, 2022 at 3:53 p.m. Nancy Says...

Thanks for this great info! My top choice restaurants have been impossible to get, so I have reserved other, lesser restaurants just so we’d have something. But if I keep on checking and lo and behold one of my top choices is suddenly available, what will happen when I try to quickly double book? Will Disney automatically allow me to cancel the first reservation while in the process of booking the replacement? Or will they just say “nope you’ve already got something there” and I lose out on the hot spot? Complicated!! Thanks again for your help!

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May 13, 2022 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy!

If you're trying to book a different dining reservation with a conflicting time, there will be a message that pops up and asks which one you'd like to keep. If you opt to switch, it will cancel the original reservation for you!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 7, 2022 at 6:47 p.m. Halina Says...

Hi do you know if there are three separate reservations all on site at deluxe DVC resorts of on day 1 of the 3 reservations you can book for any stay during those 8 nights?

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May 16, 2022 at 10:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Halina!

Since each part of your split stay is recognized as its own separate reservation, the dining reservation window will only recognize the first stay at 60 days. Once it's 60 days from when the second stay starts, you may book dining reservations for those days and so on for the third stay.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2022 at 11:40 p.m. Keith Says...

Question: I have Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser booked for the first 2 days of my vacation, and Disney Yacht Club booked for the next 7 days after SWGS. Can I book ALL the restaurant reservations for my entire length of stay (inclusive of Beach Club days) 60 days from check in at SWGS? [FYI -- no one at Disney has been able to provide an answer to this]

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May 9, 2022 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keith!

When we chatted with Guest Services in the park, they said that yes, it should count as a regular hotel reservation and it would be inclusive of the split stay.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2022 at 9:05 p.m. Christy Says...

We were lucky to get an ADR for 8:00am at Oga's Cantina (after refreshing constantly for a few weeks), but it throws our rope drop strategy out of whack. Would we be able to ride Runaway Railway on our way, even though we are not staying onsite? If not, I may need to keep refreshing until a later time in the day opens up (fingers crossed)!

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Apr 26, 2022 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christy!

If rope dropping Runaway Railway is too important, then we would suggest you keep searching for a later time in the day. But if Oga's is a higher priority, then we'd keep it. Usually, Runaway Railway is a ride that has lower waits in the evening. (For instance, we saw it was down to about 30 minutes around 6 p.m. when we were there yesterday.)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 19, 2022 at 2:44 p.m. Devin S. Says...

Hi. Just a short question. If I am not staying on Disney World's resorts, and not even going to any of the parks, will there be any problems with me trying to make reservations at Hoopty Doo Revue, hoping it opens back up by June?

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Apr 19, 2022 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Devin!

You should not run into any issues due to the fact you're not staying at an on-site hotel or going to the parks. Reservations become available May 26, and the show returns June 23!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 18, 2022 at 8:14 p.m. Melissa Says...

We have a party of 8 and a 1 yr old to 9 all together going in June. I know the 1 yr old has to have a seat as well. Is the dining booking reservation system allowing for 9 people? When went in the hight of the pandemic and the table sizes were limited to 6 or 8 I can't remember. We didn't get to eat some of our meals together. I hope that is not still the case, any insight? Thanks!

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Apr 19, 2022 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa!

As long as there's availability, you can make dining reservations for 9 in the My Disney Experience app!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 14, 2022 at 10:43 p.m. Nardia Says...

Is it possible to make a breakfast dining reservation for 8am. Gain access into the park early but then not go to breakfast and use the time to get in line for a popular ride? Would I only have to pay the $10 per person fee for a late cancellation?

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Apr 8, 2022 at 7:08 p.m. Scott Says...

We have a family group of 10 which includes 9 with tickets and a 2YO. Many locations will not seat a group this large. If we break up we will need to make 2 reservations for the same dates and times. Is this possible through My Disney Experience? Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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Apr 11, 2022 at 1:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

Yes, it would definitely be possible to split up the group into smaller parties. There needs to be a different main contact for each group, as one person wouldn't be able to make two reservations for the same time. It isn't necessary to link people to the reservation, but you can if everyone wants the reservation to show up on their individual accounts under their plans on My Disney Experience. When you check in, you could try requesting that the parties are near each other (we'd recommend doing this in person rather than mobile check-in). You might need to wait longer or it might not be possible at all, but Disney tries to be accommodating as much as possible.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 7, 2022 at 4:11 p.m. Amy Says...

Hi, We are So cal natives and have Disney and CA wired.... New parks, new experience...Question: We check in on June 8th to a WDW property. I am trying to get all my ducks in a row. When I go into dinning reservations on our account right now (April 7th) all the dates 7-13 are not available to click. As a resort guest, will those all unlock on the 8th at at 2:45 am when I log in? Thanks so much for your help!

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Apr 7, 2022 at 12:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

If you're checking in on June 8, then you will be able to make dining reservations starting April 9 (60 days in advance). Yes, since you're staying on Disney property, you should be able to make reservations for the entire length of your stay!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 14, 2022 at 1:38 a.m. Candace Says...

Hello! This was very helpful! Just a quick (though maybe confusing!) question! My sister and I are visiting Disney for the first time in May and while we'll be staying off property for most of the trip, we'll be staying at a Disney Resort Hotel on the night of her birthday, which is a Friday, and checking out that Saturday. We can make dining reservations soon and MDE says that we can book dining for both Friday and Saturday at the 60-day mark, but we're adding an additional park day for Sunday (just haven't purchased the ticket yet) and I was wondering if we will be able to book our dining for that Sunday at the same time or if Sunday won't count as part of the 60 + 10 time period since we check out of the Disney hotel on Saturday.

Sorry if that was confusing! Thank you for your help and hopefully that makes sense!

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Mar 15, 2022 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candace!

We toadally understand what you mean! Since you're staying on-site Friday and Saturday, you would be able to book reservations on both days at the 60-day mark, but Sunday is separate since you're moving off-site.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 8, 2022 at 4:26 p.m. Courtney Phillips Says...

Hi! We are staying offsite. Do you think we will have trouble getting a seat (anytime) at royal table in October if I book 60 days out? I’m worried due to the advanced seating for on site guest…

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Apr 8, 2022 at 10:28 a.m. Jaclyn Says...

Hi! When I start to make my reservations 60 days out for the duration of my stay, it seems as though it still possible that I won’t be able to get some of those popular restaurants. If people who are checking in earlier than me and their stay overlaps with mine, they are able to start making reservations earlier than me. Does Disney release more times each day to make it more “fair”? I’ve been checking periodically for days before my stay and some restaurants aren’t even available at 5:45/6 am.

Thanks

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Apr 8, 2022 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaclyn!

It most likely depends on the restaurant and if there's availability to drop additional reservations. There's no guarantee of restaurants dropping additional reservation times at any point, but we have experienced it in the past (for instance, Hollywood & Vine dropped a number of reservations only a few days before and we were able to snag one — this happened in the evening around 7 p.m. We snagged a Space 220 Restaurant reservation shortly after it opened, and we were checking randomly at 12:30 a.m.). So unfrogtunately, it mostly comes down to luck with good timing, but we do encourage you to keep checking at random times all throughout the day!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 8, 2022 at 5:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney!

Cinderella's Royal Table is a hoppin' spot, so it is definitely tougher to snag a reservation. You might get lucky! But if you aren't able to get one once it hits the 60-day mark for you, our best advice is to just keep trying. We suggest checking at random times of the day (if you're a night owl, sometimes we've had luck at 12:40 a.m.). Cancellations happen!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 8, 2022 at 4:12 p.m. Garry Says...

Hi!! Thanks for the wonderful write up and deeply apologise if this has been answered before and I'm just blind! Me and my wife are planning our first ever trip to Disney from the UK, we have had this trip postponed for two years and are so excited to be coming in May. I have two questions which are:-

We are spending two weeks at Disney so when we are allowed to book is it a booking each day or can we book the whole trip in one go? I see that there is the ten days so could we book days 1-10 in one go and then book days 11-13 at a later time?

Second question is do we have to leave bank card details when we book the reservation and do they have to be a credit card as we only have one credit card and its quite near its limit until we get paid which will be later in the month and past when we can start to book?

Any help you could give on this would put our minds at ease and help us so much.

Thanks for everything!

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Mar 9, 2022 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Garry!

No problem at all — we're hoppy to help! Since you're staying on-site at Disney, you'll be able to make dining reservations for Days 1-10 in one go (60 days in advance of the first date). For Days 11-13, you'll need to book later since it's out of the "10-day length of stay" window. A credit card is required as a placeholder, but it will not be charged before you dine at the restaurant (unless you don't show up for the reservation or cancel after 11:59 p.m. the night before). Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 27, 2022 at 6 a.m. Cholee Says...

Hi! We are Florida locals and we are wondering if we could book a dinner or breakfast reservation with the characters without a hotel reservation or park ticket? When I went to the reservation page to make one 60 days out. It was available, but it said "We were unable to check for available tables at this time. A problem may have occurred while looking for availability. Please ensure if you have a valid resort reservation, it is linked to your My Disney Experience account and try again." So now I'm not sure!

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Mar 1, 2022 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cholee!

If you're looking to book a dining reservation inside a theme park, then you would need valid admission and a Disney Park Pass reservation for that theme park. However, you should be able to book a reservation for a restaurant at any Disney hotel without any issues. If you're still having that problem, we'd suggest calling the Disney Dining line at (407) 939-7887 to work it out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 27, 2022 at 1:06 a.m. Karen Jacob Says...

I was wondering if you can clarify something for me. Iam going to Disney in April and I do have hopper passes. A couple of my dinning reservations are in the evening at different parks that I don’t start out at for example my park pass is for HS but later in the evening I have a reservation at a restaurant in Epcot is that going to be a problem. A couple of my reservations are like this for reservations that were very hard to get. Thank you.

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Mar 1, 2022 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

Since you'll be park hopping, you shouldn't run into any problems! While it's not 100% guaranteed (as there's always a small chance that you may not be able to enter if a park has reached capacity), not being able to park hop has been a pretty rare occurrence.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 23, 2022 at 12:35 p.m. Casey R. Says...

I booked Ohana's right at 6am 60 days out from my reservation and was able to snag a 8:10pm (party of 2) spot. We really wanted to dine about an hour earlier so we could head to the deluxe hotel late night hours starting at 9pm in MK. How would you recommend we move our reservations up? Should we just arrive early?

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Feb 24, 2022 at 9:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Casey!

What a snag! Your best bet would be to call the Disney dining line to see if there's any wiggle room to move you up :) They can be reached at (407) 939-3463.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 19, 2022 at 6:04 p.m. Elaine Says...

Hi

Loving reading all your amazing tips.

Could you please advise if there is an easy way to book T-Rex at Disney Springs?

I am in the UK and have tried calling them almost daily but do not get an answer. There does not appear to be a booking option on their website.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you

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Feb 23, 2022 at 6:01 a.m. Kirsten Says...

It’s been a few years, but I had luck booking TRex by calling the restaurant directly.

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Feb 22, 2022 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elaine!

Have you tried searching for availability through My Disney Experience or the Disney World website? That would be our best suggestion, aside from calling the restaurant directly. We checked OpenTable, but it appears that the restaurant is not available, unfortunately.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 27, 2022 at 8:31 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

Hello Mommy Frog!

I hope you can help with this question: How can I reserve/request a particular table at a restaurant?

I will be traveling to WDW for the first time in 30 years with my 2 young step sons (9,4.5) and husband. This is the first trip for the boys as well!

We are so excited. I would love to book a table by the "window" in SPACE 220, Window spot at Sanaa in AKL and particular rooms in Be Our Guest, etc.

Is this possible? When or how can I request those?

Also, related - how can I request a particular room/building for my room reservations?

We are staying 1 night AKL and 5 at the Polynesian Village (all standard rooms). We are going all out as this is a once in a lifetime adventure! (or at least the next 5 years)

Thank you!

PS: Got your book from my brother and his wife for Christmas!

Elizabeth

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Jan 28, 2022 at 8:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

We're excited for you! You'll make any special seating requests upon checking in with the host/hostess. They will try their best to accommodate your request, but you may have to wait longer or it may not be possible at all. For hotel room requests, you can make your request during the online check-in process (which you can complete as early as 60 days out) or if you need more specific options to meet your request, skip online check-in and call 407-939-7630 at least five days before your arrival.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 26, 2022 at 12:09 a.m. jen Says...

Does the 10 extra days for staying at Disney resort apply AFTER arrival date? So, if we were to arrive/check in to the hotel on the 1st- can we make reservations through the 10th or 11th? Thanks!

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Jan 26, 2022 at 12:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

That is correct, Jen! So 60 days from your check-in on the 1st, you should be able to make reservations for the 1st through the 10th (since it's up to 10 days of your trip). For someone who is staying off-site (checking in the same day and staying for the same amount of time, for comparison purposes), they would have to make reservations day by day since they can only make reservations 60 days in advance. Hope this clears it up!

Hoppy planning!

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 21, 2022 at 7:55 p.m. Ruby D Says...

On My Disney Experience can you link reservation and park tickets to your account if you have not yet paid the full balance (balance due May for travel in July)? Do you have to of paid the full balance before being able to make advanced character dining experiences? Also how long in advance can you reserve if you are staying at WDW?

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Jan 27, 2022 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ruby!

Park tickets aren't required to make dining reservations (you just need to make sure you have admission on the day of reservation if the restaurant is inside one of the theme parks), so we think you should be able to make them if your account balance has not been paid in full yet. However, we'd suggest that you try to link your hotel reservation. That way, the system recognizes that you're a Disney Resort hotel guest, so you can take advantage of making reservations 60 days in advance, plus the length of your visit (up to 10 days). Starting 60 days in advance, all guests may start making dining reservations, but hotel guests can make reservations for the remaining days of their trip (up to 10 days), versus off-site guests who would have to make reservations day by day, as each day of their trip reaches the 60-day mark. Hope this helps!

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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