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

by Mommy Frog on November 17, 2022 560 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. You can also now cancel up to two hours before your reservation, allowing more flexibility with changing plans. 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 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 (including Shades of Green), 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.

Ins and Outs of Disney World Advanced Dining Reservations - Les Chefs de France

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 two 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 dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside Cinderella Castle.

Ins and Outs of Disney World Advanced Dining Reservations - Topolino's Bread Spread

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 two hours. At that point, visit Guest Relations in the parks or call the reservation hotline to modify your existing reservation.

Advanced Dining Reservations — Screenshot with day-of cancellation option

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 now cancel your reservation up to two hours in advance. A recent update now allows guests to cancel dining reservations on the app up to two hours before with no penalty. If you cancel after that or do not show up, you will pay the cancellation fee of $10 per person. Previously, the window was 24 hours in advance.

Note that exclusions apply and certain dining experiences, such as Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Victoria & Albert's and Monsieur Paul, have their own separate cancellation policies.

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 two hours 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. You can sometimes grab day-of reservations as people cancel. 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.

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. 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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Oct 31, 2022 at 7:16 p.m. Barrie Woodley Says...

Disney allows to put in a date for restaurants and it shows what is available for that date?

Does Disney have the facility to take a SPECIFIC restaurant and it shows pending dates and times that are available?

Thanks, stay safe, Barrie

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Oct 31, 2022 at 3:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barrie!

Yes! If you're using the My Disney Experience app, go to the search function (see the magnifying glass icon on the bottom right) and type in the restaurant's name in the search bar. Once it pops up, click on the name and you'll be taken to the restaurant's details page. There's an option to "Reserve Dining" and from there, you can input your party size and select a date to search for a reservation. If you're online on Disney's website, you can similarly use the search bar in the top right corner, type in the restaurant's name and it should pop up within the first few results. Then there's a button that says "Check Availability," which is where you can search for reservations.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 21, 2022 at 11:51 p.m. Heather Says...

I have a park reservation in Epcot in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. I have a reservation for Oga’s at 3:45. If Hollywood Studios reaches capacity and I can’t hop over, will I still be charged a fee for missing my reservation?

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Oct 26, 2022 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

We don't think this would be an issue (ever since capacity increased to normal levels, we've only seen this a handful of times — Magic Kingdom on the 50th anniversary, Christmas Day), but in the event that it does hoppen, we would go to Guest Relations or find one of the cast members at a Guest Experience kiosk and they can assist.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 21, 2022 at 11:22 p.m. Shelby Says...

I would just like to send a huge thank you for the advice on snagging hard to get dining! I was able to get a 4:30 at Be Our Guest by selecting specific times! Previously I was just doing the lunch/dinner options which showed no availability. Thank you!!

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Oct 24, 2022 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Yay!! Have a frogtastic meal, Shelby! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 21, 2022 at 4:17 a.m. Cristen Says...

Can I make a 60 day advanced reservation if I have park tickets and theme parks reserved or do I have to also have a disney resort reservation to get the 60 days advanced dining reservation? I understand that you have 60 days to make a reservation if you have an on property resort stay booked, just wondering how I can get early reservations if I am off property.

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Oct 21, 2022 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cristen!

The short, simple answer is yes! You can make a dining reservation 60 days in advance of the date you wish to make the reservation. If you want to make a dining reservation for multiple days on your trip, then you'll have to calculate this 60-day window of each day. (This is where it differs from on-site guests, who can make reservations 60 days in advance, plus the length of their stay up to 10 days. They can make reservations for multiple dates 60 days from their arrival date, versus an off-site guest who needs to make reservations 60 days in advance of each day of their trip.) Let us know if you have any more questions!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 10, 2022 at 12:07 p.m. Russell Korba Says...

At what time can you make your reservation on that 60 days before date?

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Oct 11, 2022 at 11:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Russell!

It can vary depending on the restaurant. We'd recommend that you start checking at 5:45 a.m. (ET), though most should be released by 6 a.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 5, 2022 at 6:51 p.m. Meagen Says...

Is the $10 fee/person put towards the meal? Or is it just a fee?

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Oct 5, 2022 at 5:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meagen!

The $10 no-show fee/person is only charged if you don't show up to your reservation or cancel within 24 hours of your reservation (while most places will allow you to cancel within 24 hours, always double check as each restaurant maintains its own cancellation policy).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 5, 2022 at 5:13 p.m. Suzie Bessette Says...

We managed to get a reservation at Be Our Guest, but very late. Is it possible to have only one dessert there?

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Oct 5, 2022 at 1:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzie!

Currently, meals at Be Our Guest Restaurant are served as a 3-course prix fixe menu only.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 26, 2022 at 10:10 a.m. Aaron Sherman Says...

How can this be. Wanted Hoop Dee Do reservation. Timed it by atomic clock and at 5:45 site said I needed a hotel reservation. Kept trying and at exactly sox stated no tables available. Is there really no way to get reservations?

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Sep 30, 2022 at 10:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aaron!

It's most likely due to hotel guests who are able to make dining reservations 60 days out for the length of their stay for days that overlap with your date. Since Hoop-Dee-Doo is so popular, a reservation can be harder to find. You may be able to snatch up a cancellation (just keep checking periodically) or join a Walk-Up list on the day of (which is subject to availability).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2022 at 2:18 p.m. Natalie C Jones Says...

If staying off site and have made your park reservations does the 60-day ADR window begin with your first reserved park day?

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Sep 6, 2022 at 9:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

The window begins with the date that you wish to make the reservation for. Reservations for multiple dates may be booked up to 60 days in advance of each date.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2022 at 8:54 p.m. John Says...

Greetings, I have reservations at the Contemporary for Nov. 1st through Nov. 5th. Today is Sept. 3rd and I can make reservations for Nov. 3rd but not past that. Why not, since I am staying at a Disney Hotel?

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Sep 6, 2022 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

We're not toadally sure why, as the reservation system is supposed to allow Disney hotel guests to reserve 60 days out including the length of their stay. Have you linked your hotel reservation in My Disney Experience app? Also make sure that it includes everyone in the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 2, 2022 at 7:50 p.m. Chris Says...

If I’m making reservations for myself on a day pass, do my two friends who are on annual passes need to be connected to my park pass reservation? Or can I make a reservation for just three people?

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Aug 27, 2022 at 4:29 p.m. Maureen Says...

For the ADR - Is Shades of Green considered an on-site WDW resort? So, that we can do the 60 days + the amount of days for our vacation!

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Aug 30, 2022 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maureen!

Yes! Guests of Shades of Green may make dining reservations 60 days + the length of their stay (up to 10 days).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2022 at 10:41 a.m. Sandi Says...

Any idea why WDW changed from 180 day out reservation option to 60 days? I booked Ohana for 10 people 7 years ago with no problem whatsoever and was staying off-property. Now I fear I won't be able to get a reservation at all and my 3 year old will miss out.

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Aug 18, 2022 at 9:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandi!

The reservation booking window changed from 180 days to 60 days upon reopening after the pandemic shutdown.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2022 at 10:28 a.m. Sandi Says...

I just tried to book a dinner rsvtn at Crystal Palace for 4 people for Oct 17. Today is the first day I could do that (60 days). I was in the my disney experience app and a friend was on my disney experience via the web. At EXACTLY 6AM we both tried to complete a reservation and both got that only 3:25pm and 8:25pm dinner reservations were available! How is this possible?? So extremely frustrating. I have to go through same process tomorrow for Ohana, which is more important to me, and I don't look forward to it!

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Aug 18, 2022 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandi!

Unfrogtunately, reservations for popular restaurants such as Crystal Palace and 'Ohana can be hard to get! People staying on-site can book all of their reservations for their entire trip (up to 10 days), 60 days before their arrival date versus people staying off-site (they can only book 60 days out, each day of their trip). So it's more likely because there is overlap with people staying on-site and arriving up to 10 days before you, as they can make reservations 60 days out from their arrival date + dates that are later on during their trip. If you don't get a reservation, we encourage you to keep checking at random — sometimes restaurants release more reservations as it gets closer or people cancel, so it's possible a reservation could pop up. There's also the option to join the Walk-Up list on the day of.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2022 at 7:05 p.m. Teresa Says...

Does Disney campground count as on-site? It is only showing me reservation options that are 60 days out. Am I going through the wrong way? I want to book for my whole trip.

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Aug 16, 2022 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teresa!

Yes! Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is considered on property. Have you linked your reservation in My Disney Experience?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2022 at 4:15 p.m. Michelle Says...

I have reservations for Crystal Palace on October 6 at 3:55. We have tickets for the Halloween party at 4. We should be able to get in half hour early with the ADR right?

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Aug 17, 2022 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

It's not a guarantee that they'd let you in that early (though it wouldn't hurt to ask when you arrive!), but they often start letting in party guests around 3:50 p.m. We'd recommend arriving at the entrance touchpoints by 3:30 p.m. regardless, so you're closer to the front of the crowd and can be one of the first inside.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 12, 2022 at 2:03 p.m. DisneyGuest Says...

Going To MK on A Halloween party day but don’t have party tickets. We scored a 6:20 reservation at skipper canteen - if we check in early will they still let us keep it? There was no alert msg when booking it- and this restaurant is not listed as one open during the party so technically we should be okay, right? I’m just scared of being turned away and charged but we reallly want to eat there without it cutting into our already short park day!

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Aug 12, 2022 at 3:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi DisneyGuest!

We just ran this past Guest Relations (at MNSSHP), and they advised that 6:20 should be toadally fine. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 25, 2022 at 12:05 a.m. Dani Says...

Similar question, but I got a reservation for 6:50pm at Crystal Palace on a party day. Dinner reservations on the website show from 3pm-6:55pm. I know the park is listed as closing at 6, and the party starts at 7 (but lets ticket holders in at 4). Do you think we'll still be ok since it allowed us to make the reservation? It looks like normally the restaurant books until 9pm, but I don't know if it just closes early on MNSSHP days or if it's only showing me reservations that I'd be allowed to use.

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Aug 26, 2022 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dani!

We're seeing the same thing with different timeframes on a party night versus a non-party night, so we think it's safe to assume that it closes early on party nights. Since it let you make a reservation, we think it'll be OK! You could check with a host at the restaurant earlier in the day just to confirm.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2022 at 11:24 p.m. elizabeth Says...

I am going to log in tomorrow morning it is the start of my 60 days. I am staying at the swan can i make reservations for the duration my stay or will I have to do this daily? i have seen conflicting information on the web. If its a yes how does it work if my hotel is linked does it automatically open for the entire duration?

Also if I get the trip perk what is it base dont he start of your hotel window? if so that should have been today and my app is not letting me book so maybe swan is out?

We are staying one night at the hotel before our tickets start.

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Aug 11, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Yes, the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel is eligible for making advanced dining reservations 60 days in advance of check-in and for the length of your stay (up to 10 days). Hope you were able to snag reservations!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2022 at 9:03 p.m. John G Says...

I have a 9 day reservation at Port Orleans in September. I have made ADRs for my entire trip, which I did 60 days prior to arrival. However, it appears I may have to change my trip to remove the first 2 days of the trip. Will I lose my dining reservations and have to rebook them? Thanks.

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Aug 9, 2022 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John G!

Any dining reservations that are within 60 days should not be affected. However, any reservations that are more than 60 days out may be canceled with modifications.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 25, 2022 at 12:48 p.m. Wendy Smith Says...

I arrive 7 days before my sister. When I book my dining can I book for her on my dinning booking even through she can't book until 7 days after me?

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Jul 25, 2022 at 12:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy!

If you'll be dining together, then you'd only need one reservation — it'll ask how many guests are in the party and you could even add her as a guest if you're linked together on your Family & Friends list. But say, if you're leaving earlier than her and she wants to make her own separate reservation, she would need to wait until she's able to book.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 24, 2022 at 9:17 p.m. Oscar Baumhackl Says...

I tried to do a reservation 60 days out from my reservation for Space 220 Lounge. My check-in date is Sept 18,2022 attempted to make reservation for last day Sept.24 and went back to Sept 18. No openings. Got online at 5:45am but wasn't allowed to reserve till 6:00am. No Luck. How do people get ahead of me at 66 days out?

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Jul 25, 2022 at 12:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Oscar!

People staying on-site can book all of their reservations for their whole trip (up to 10 days), 60 days before their arrival date versus people staying off-site (they can only book 60 days out, each day of their trip). So, if someone's check-in date is Sept. 17 and they're staying on-site until Sept. 24, they would be able to make all of their reservations 60 days out from Sept. 17 (but if they were staying off-site, they'd only be able to make reservations for Sept. 17). But overall, Space 220 is a difficult reservation to get! We encourage you to keep checking (people can cancel) or check to see if there's any walk-in availability when you visit (sometimes the lounge is easier to get into via standby).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 23, 2022 at 9:57 a.m. David Says...

Hey! Thanks so much for putting this together, they're great tips. I'm staying off-site and logging into My Disney Experience on my phone and my laptop and trying to snap a Topolino's Terrace breakfast reservation 60 days out, checking at 5.45am ET, but I just get an error message saying 'please try again, we're having trouble loading this screen'. I keep refreshing, but nothing happens :( It's so frustrating. Am I doing something wrong, or is there a glitch? Thanks!

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Jul 25, 2022 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

It sounds like it may be a frustrating glitch! If there aren't any reservations available, it should say so. We'd suggest either trying again at a later time or calling Disney Dining and they can help make reservations for you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 17, 2022 at 5:36 p.m. Matthew Montgomery Says...

Good day, Ms. Frog!

For a party of 2 adults, does it make sense to try and make ressies for 3 or 4 guests. Just assuming the dining venues have lots more "4-tops" vs. "2-tops".

BTW, your site/info is AWESOME!

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Jul 26, 2022 at 11:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matthew!

Thanks for hopping by! We don't know exactly how many reservations Disney sets aside according to party size. Sometimes, Leap and I have made a reservation for a party of 2 and they've seated us at a table of 4 regardless (and other times we've been sat at a table of 2), so it's hard to say. When you do mobile check-in, you'll be asked to confirm the number of people in the party, as well (so if you've made a reservation for a larger party, you can confirm the actual party size then).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 5, 2022 at 2:01 p.m. Kristen Says...

Silly question- does the app tell you when your 60 day mark is or do you just do the math?

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Jul 5, 2022 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen!

Toadally valid question! We usually just do the math ourselves and double check it with the help of a calculator (enter -60 and the date of your trip to find out which date is exactly 60 days in advance).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 5, 2022 at 10:25 a.m. ChrisL Says...

Is there a trick to getting a reservation at 5:45 AM (60 days out)? I keep trying to get a reservation for Hoop-de-doo at a particular time (I am local, so I am not limited to specific dates within a trip). I will get on at 5:45 and get some message about a technical error, and I keep hitting refresh but not getting anything until 6AM. That would be fine, but all the Section 1 and 2 seating (which we want) is already sold out, so evidently plenty of other people have been able to make reservations before I get in at 6AM. (Fyi, I have tried on both Disney World app and on the website, and same thing.) Does anyone know how to make reservations before 6AM? Thanks!

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Jul 5, 2022 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

It's most likely due to hotel guests who are able to make dining reservations 60 days out for the length of their stay. Since Hoop-Dee-Doo is so popular and has recently returned, your best bet as a local is snatching up a cancellation, going with a different seating section or making a same-day reservation (which is subject to availability).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 5, 2022 at 11:20 p.m. Chris L Says...

Thanks Mommy Frog! I had forgotten they could do that. Those are some great suggestions, and I will keep on trying for a good time in the meanwhile.

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Jul 6, 2022 at 9:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

No problem, Chris! We hope you're able to get a reservation and go soon!

Hoppy planning!

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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Aug 11, 2022 at 2:31 p.m. Lia Says...

Do you know if Hilton lake buena vista at Disney springs counts as an on-site hotel? They get all the other benefits just not sure about dining 60 plus 10 day?

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Aug 12, 2022 at 7:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lia!

To our knowledge, Hilton Lake Buena Vista does not get advance access to ADRs.

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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Jul 23, 2022 at 4:39 p.m. Rachel Says...

I have a similar group going, 8 ticket holders and 1 baby (1.5 years) without a ticket. When I make a reservation, do I need to select 9 people then (I assume so). And if so, how do I know ahead of time which restaurants will and will not allow for a reservation for a party of 9?

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Jul 25, 2022 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

Yes, please include your youngest tadpole in the headcount, even though they will not be charged for dining. Restaurants need this so they can set the tables that will be best and safe for you and the servers. For larger groups, sometimes it's easier to call the Dining Hotline and they can help you find reservations available for a group of 9.

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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