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

by Mommy Frog on December 5, 2020 336 Orlando

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

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

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

What You Need to Know About Disney World Dining Reservations

Disney Dining Reservations - Garden Grill EPCOT

All guests (even those staying off-site) can make Disney World dining reservations. Unlike some perks offered exclusively to those staying on-site at a Disney World hotel (such as Extra Magic Hours, which are temporarily suspended), 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.

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

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

Disney Dining Reservations - Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary

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

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

Disney Dining Reservations - Mobile Check-In

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

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

Disney World Dining Reservations - Dessert

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

Here's how to book Disney World dining reservations online: Log into your My Disney Experience account and under the Things to Do tab, click Make Reservations under Dining. The reservation window opens at 6 a.m. EST each day, with select restaurants opening availability as early as 5:45 a.m. (the reservation hotline opens up at 7 a.m. EST). This will take you to another page that lists all of the restaurants on-property. You’ll then enter the number of people in your party, date and time of day, and can filter your results by park, resort hotel or area (such as Disney Springs or Disney's BoardWalk). The search results will show which restaurants have availability that day. You can then click on the desired time and create your reservation. Voila!

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

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

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

Disney World Dining Reservations - Ohana

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

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

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

Disney Dining Reservations - STK

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

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

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

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

Related: Ranking Disney World's Character Dining Locations

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 10, 2021 at 8:29 p.m. Christopher Says...

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

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

Hi Christopher!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Holly,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Kayla,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Cathy,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Brenda,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

On speaker phone for almost 2 hrs. WDW DINE

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

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

Not very magical

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

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

Thanks in advance!

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

Hi Andrea!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Sherry!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Zoe,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

Thanks!

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

Hi Holly!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Mandy,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hello! First time Disney World visit here in june!

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

Thank you! Trying to plan out our trip.

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

Hi Elsa,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Mike!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kayleigh!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi Alayna!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi,

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

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

Hi Taylor!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Jim,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Robin!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Mike,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Chris,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Renae!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Kevin,

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

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Nancy,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Kat!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi there

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

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

Hi Nikaela!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Thank you so much!

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

Hello!!

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

Thanks!

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

Hi Arielle!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi there!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2020 at 5:56 p.m. Marissa Says...

Hi! Going to Disney next month, and have reservations at Be Our Guest for lunch. We have 7 in our party (3 adults and 4 kids). My question is, if we have a reservation for 7 but only 3 people want to eat, will that be a problem? The others want to sit at the restaurant with us to get a nice mask break.

Thanks!

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Aug 27, 2020 at 11:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marissa!

We don't think this will be a problem, especially if your non-eaters are going to have some beverages while they're with you. Note that auto-gratuity will come into play (18%) since you have a party of six or more. We'd suggest verifying with the host out front just to be certain!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2020 at 2:06 p.m. Lucy Says...

If you have a reservation for 3 people, but 1 person doesn't show, do you get charged a no show fee for that one person? I'm trying to book a reservation but one in the party is not reliable. Thanks!

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Aug 17, 2020 at 2:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lucy!

Yes, you can be charged for any members of your party that don't show; however, as long as you adjust your reservation 24 hours ahead of time (either on the app or by calling the restaurant directly), no charges will be incurred. (We'll note that while this is policy, generally speaking, we've not seen this often in practice :) )

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 11, 2020 at 12:38 p.m. H. Says...

Hi! Thank you for the great blog post!

I’m just a little confused on the 190 day dining reservation window. If the first day of your resort check-in is “X” then is it 190 before X? Or is it 180 days before X + the next 10 days of your stay?

Thank you!!

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Apr 13, 2020 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi H!

The Advance Dining Reservation is 180 days from the first day of your Disney World Resort hotel stay, but you can then reserve for the entirety of your trip (so the 190 days here is using a 10-day trip as an example - 180 days + a 10-day stay = 190 days). Hope this helps - hoppy reserving! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 29, 2020 at 9:17 p.m. Katie Says...

So my husband and I have a reservation at Be Our Guest but we reserved dining for my parents and our son at The Crystal Palace about 90 minutes before. We want to go to the Crystal Palace to see our son meet the characters but not eat there. Do we need to include ourselves in the reservation or will we be able to sit with my family even though we aren’t eating there.

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Mar 2, 2020 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

You'd need to include yourselves in the reservation, as well.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 8, 2020 at 10:42 p.m. Brittany Says...

We have an 8:20 PPO reservation at BOG. If we decided to show up late for our reservation (right after 9:00), would we get charged a no-show fee? At what point do they apply that charge?

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Feb 10, 2020 at 11:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany!

The no-show fee generally is enacted when you don't show up at all (rather than showing up late), though we don't know exactly when that goes into effect. The restaurant will typically hold your reservation up until 15 minutes after your scheduled dining window; After that point, they may give your table to another diner, especially if they haven't heard from you. If you know you're going to be late, our recommendation is to hop by the restaurant (or call the dining line and select the "Same Day Dining" option) as soon as you're able to see what your options are.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 31, 2020 at 12:25 p.m. Larry Says...

How strict is Disney about letting people in early for breakfast reservations that are after park opening time? Specifically, we have breakfast reservations for 9:05 at Akershus in Epcot but have 2 seniors who walk very slowly and 3 small children and it will take us quite a while to walk back .. much longer than the 5 minutes we would have if they kept us from going back until park opening .. so do they take this into consideration for letting people in early (prior to actual park opening) or do they go by the letter of the law so to speak and make you wait? Or do they even check your actual reservation time or that you just have a breakfast reservation (which would be nice!) for letting people in early?

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Jan 31, 2020 at 11:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Larry!

You should be able to get into the park about half an hour before your reservation time; look for a "Dining Reservations" sign near the entrance. You'll head there and check in with a cast member, who will let you in to start making your way back. They WILL check the time, but because it's so close to park opening, you should be able to get a hop on the crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 20, 2020 at 6:41 p.m. Michael Says...

Hi, we have reservations at Oga's Cantina at 9:30 in mid march (Park opening at 9:00). We booked this awhile ago as we thought it would help get into Galaxy's Edge. It appears now that GAlaxy's Edge is open regardless. I'm thinking of canceling my Oga's Cantina reservation, since 9:30 is prime time to be getting whatever walk up rides we can get on. Is there any advantage to keeping this reservation? i.e. can it get me further into the park earlier than the 9:00 opening, so i can walk on to Aerosmith for example?

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Jan 21, 2020 at 4:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

You're correct in that the reservation won't give you a (frog) leg up; your early entry time would coincide with regular park entry, so there'd be no benefit there. However, the reservations can be pretty tough to come by, so if Oga's is a must-do for you, we'd keep it! Otherwise, we'd drop it if riding with lower crowds in the morning is your priority.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 17, 2020 at 5:29 p.m. Brianna Says...

If you book your hotel and tickets through you all and your staying on Disney property example (animal kingdom lodge) can you add on a dining plan to your reservations and how do you go about that? Thanks!

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Jan 22, 2020 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brianna!

Dining plans must be purchased in advance as part of a package through Disney.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 1, 2019 at 11:47 p.m. Kevin Mahoney Says...

Which method do you recommend, online with My Disney Experience or using the app. My window for reservations opens next week and am just curious. I think the app seems a little slow at times. Also, would it be possible to use both? Or can you only be logged in on one at a time?

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Dec 2, 2019 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin!

We use the app for convenience when we aren't near a computer (or when we're in the parks, of course) but tend to make our initial reservations using the website otherwise. You can, however, log in to both to see which is faster on the morning of! Once you see which is fastest, we'd suggest sticking with one method so things don't get confusing.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 14, 2019 at 5:02 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Thanks for all of the information! If I have an ADR for breakfast at 8:00AM but Epcot doesn't open until 9:00AM, how does this work? If we are late for an 8:00AM reservation due to security, long lines, etc., is there any leniency?

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Nov 14, 2019 at 11:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

You'll be allowed into the park a half an hour prior to your reservation, so plan to be at the park entrance around 7:30! Look for a cast member with a "Dining Reservations" sign (previously, they'd be on the far right hand side of the entrance). They'll verify your reservation and let you in through a separate entrance :) Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2019 at 5:15 p.m. Kathy Kwan Says...

Hi,

I have a question about the ADR cancellation period. Is it 24 hours before, or do you have until midnight the night before to cancel most dining reservations?

Thanks!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 4:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy!

Reservations can be canceled up to 11:59 p.m. the day before the reservation to avoid the charge.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2019 at 10:06 p.m. Brooke Waycaster Says...

We are traveling to disney Sept 21-30. I was wondering if anyone has experience with the Extra Extra Magic Hours (EEMH) in September and early morning breakfast reservations. For instance I have a reservation at 7:00 am at CRT for a morning where there are EEMH. Is that beneficial or should I try to get breakfast reservations later in the morning? Any thoughts would be helpful. Thanks!

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Sep 9, 2019 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brooke!

Personally, we'd try to take advantage of rides during EEEMH, then hop to breakfast once the park starts to fill up a little later in the morning :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2019 at 12:18 a.m. Sherry Says...

I'm not staying at a Disney hotel and really want to take advantage of early magic hours. Couldn't I just get breakfast reservations, get in the park early, and pay the small penalty for being a no show at the restaurant? It would still be cheaper than staying at a Disney resort.

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Sep 3, 2019 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherry!

Dining reservations only permit you to enter the park about a half an hour early, and you'd need to check in with a cast member before being let back into the park, who will then verify your reservation and begin the check-in process. While you could then take advantage of Extra Magic Hours with the other park-goers as you're let back to make your way to the restaurant, you wouldn't get much of an advantage since Extra Magic Hours guests would already would have had time to queue up for half an hour (for example, at Flight of Passage, even with Extra Magic Hours, the wait generally begins at 120 minutes). Plus, even if you no-show, that potentially takes a reservation slot away from another guest in addition to the $10-$25 per person fee. Instead, we'd suggest looking into some of the partner hotels that now offer Extra Magic Hours, such as Swan Dolphin or some of the Disney Springs Resorts, that come at a more affordable price tag to take advantage of this benefit for the whole of the Extra Magic Hour offering.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 11, 2019 at 2:55 a.m. Kathryn Says...

I'm looking at the Festival of Lion King dinner packages and see that dates are "greyed" out far longer than other restaurants- do you have to wait until the 60 days beforehand for that because of the show tickets??

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Jul 11, 2019 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathryn!

We are seeing the same thing on our end! While in theory you should be able to make your dining reservations 180 days in advance, this experience can be a little more sporadic (for example, much like you saw, we can see options through the end of August, which is more than 60 days, but nothing thereafter). We'd recommend continuing to check back, and/or calling to try to make a reservation directly at (407) 939-3463.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 17, 2019 at 1:53 p.m. Sherri Says...

I am going to Disney December 8th. I tried to book reservations for the character breakfast at Trattoria al Forno and there are none. I woke up early to make reservations the day of my 180 mark. I literally was checking the minute they became available and there were no reservations available for the whole week I'm there. Is there some secret to this? I got my ohana dinner reservations, which are very difficult to get as well. I just wondered if they were like holding back some of the character breakfast reservations until closer or if I'm just going to have to continue to check daily. Any insight is appreciated. We go every year and so far this one reservation seems to be the most elusive to me.

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Jun 21, 2019 at 1:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherri!

As you noted, you can make advance dinner reservations up to 180 days in advance, but this also includes the length of your stay (up to 10 days). Therefore, guests can book reservations up to 10 days past their check-in date. A possible reason why it shows no availability is that guests who have an arrival date just before your arrival date were able to book their reservation during the time that overlaps with the week you're staying. But it is always possible that you can snag a reservation due to cancellations at any time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 25, 2019 at 6:49 p.m. Matt R. Says...

I definitely question this as well. The site MouseDining shows that if you want a table in the next couple of months at breakfast at Trattoria al Forno there are available spots most days for breakfast or dinner. You could even get one for tomorrow. But looking 5-6 months out and there are zero breakfast spots on any days and barely any days for dinner? I refuse to believe they release them all at 180 or 190 days. I suspect some restaurants only release a small number that far out and then at a closer date release more. For this breakfast I am convinced of that. Would be nice to know what other restaurants may do the same. Finding Storybook, Artist Point very difficult to find a table for. All of the blogs are guilty of never mentioning this and implying all of these places book solid 180 or more days out, but that does not seem to be entirely the case.

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Oct 30, 2019 at 9:55 p.m. Tracy Cosenza Says...

Exactly. We got a last minute coveted trattoria al forno royale breakfast. There were at least 8 tables unoccupied while we were there.

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May 30, 2019 at 4:08 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hi,

If you have deluxe dining plan, do you have to pay in advance for Cinderella's Royal Table? I keep reading different things. Don't they just take two dining credits each?

Thank you!

Michelle

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Feb 24, 2020 at 5:27 p.m. Julie Says...

I called into Disney dining last year. We were on the deluxe dining plan and they just put that information in. They did not charge the credit card at the time since they could see we had the dining plan.

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Jun 6, 2019 at 8:41 p.m. Christina Says...

When you book at CRT you will have the option to use the DDP. When you get to the payment screen just choose the option to use the Dining Plan.

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May 30, 2019 at 12:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

There are a few on-site restaurants that require payment in advance even if you have a dining plan, and Cinderella's Royal Table is one of them. You'll need to pay in advance to reserve. Once you arrive, if you'd prefer to use your Disney Dining Plan at Cinderella’s Royal Table, all you need to do is tell the Cast Member when you receive your bill, and they will credit the full amount to the credit card that you used to secure the reservation and process your dining credits instead.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 4, 2019 at 4:37 p.m. SallieMcG Says...

I just learned that while you can book advance reservations for the Dessert parties similar to restaurants the cancellation policy is very different. You must pay in full when you make the reservation. You must cancel 120 hours (5 days) in advance or you forfeit the entire payment. You can’t wait until the night before and decided you don’t want to go based on the weather prediction.

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Apr 18, 2019 at 6:40 p.m. Kimberly Says...

Hello, we will be traveling in November for 7 nights. I plan to book a Be our Guest dinner towards the end of our trip in hopes of having a better chance snagging a reservation. Will I be able to see the hours for magic kingdom for the days that are more than 180 out? I know Mickeys Christmas will be going on then and don’t want to book on one of those nights as we won’t be getting tickets for that. I know when I look now, the calendar doesn’t go past day 180 but I am hoping once you sign in and to make ADRs that info will be available.

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Apr 19, 2019 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kimberly!

Unfortunately, hours won't be available on the schedule of events for you to see this far in advance - BUT, we've got all of the Christmas Party dates here so that you can double check :) Last year, non-party goers needed to leave the park about 6 p.m. on party nights.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 25, 2019 at 12:51 p.m. Kimberly Says...

Thank you so much, we were thinking Be Our Guest on Friday, November 8. I see that is opening night of Mickeys Christmas, so Thursday it will never! Thank you for your advice!

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Apr 25, 2019 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are so welcome, Kimberly! Have a great time! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 18, 2019 at 4:27 p.m. Darlene Hofmann Says...

If we book cinderellas royal table on a day for the christmas party. Would we still get kicked out at 4pm if don't have tickets? Say, our reservation was 3:30?

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Apr 19, 2019 at 3:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darlene!

Park-goers without party tickets don't need to start making their way to the exit until 6 p.m. or so, so you should be all set with an early reservation!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 9, 2019 at 9:53 a.m. Brent Says...

Can you make more then 1 reservation per day or is there a limit

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brent!

You sure can make more than one reservation per day! The only caveat is that reservations cannot be within 2 hours of another reservation.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 3, 2019 at 9:50 a.m. miguel Says...

Hi, If I have a reservation for 8:30 am, but regular Park's hours is from 9am, How much time in advance they will let me enter to the park before 8:30?

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Apr 3, 2019 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Miguel!

They'll usually let you back about half an hour before your reservation - so you should be able to head back around 8. There are different checkpoints depending on the park; for example, if your dining reservation is at Magic Kingdom, you'll be allowed to enter through Main Street U.S.A. early (along with others), then will need to look for a Cast Member with a clipboard or tablet. If you're visiting Epcot, you'll see a sign for "Dining Reservations" around the right hand side of the entrance, where a Cast Member will verify your reservation and let you back.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 25, 2019 at 4:55 a.m. Jen Mo Says...

I plan to use a Deluxe Dining Plan for my family of four. Whenever we make Table Service reservations, do we all need to order a meal? There are times when two meals will fill up all four of us. Would that be possible?

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Mar 25, 2019 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

As long as it's not a show, buffet, or character meal, sharing is toadally okay.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 24, 2019 at 10:54 p.m. Kerry Swan Says...

Hi

i have booked to stay at Port Orleans Riverside and would like to purchase Disney tickets with dining plan just for my son only. Can you do this or would I have to purchase adult dining plan for me too?

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Mar 25, 2019 at 8:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerry!

You'd also need to purchase a Dining Plan for yourself.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 21, 2019 at 3:05 p.m. Clarissa Says...

Are we able to view the day's schedule when we book ADRs? Since Rivers of Light and Fantasmic! only run on select nights I want to make sure I'm not booking ADRs too late in the evening.

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Mar 22, 2019 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Clarissa!

Yes, you should be able to see the day's schedule ahead of time here to be able to plan your ADR's accordingly. Once you've found your date, you can then see specific entertainment times by clicking on the 5-day or day view and can also filter by park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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