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

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!

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 World Dining Reservations - Anastasia

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), 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 at the location of your meal. So if you're dining at The Crystal Palace, be sure you have the proper tickets to enter Magic Kingdom for that reservation.

You can make Disney World dining reservations for your trip starting 180 days out. No matter what time of year you’ll be visiting, we recommend making reservations as close as you can to the magical 180-day mark. For guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you’ll have 180 days in advance of your check-in day ... plus, you can make dining reservations for your entire stay, up to 10 days. What this means is that guests staying on Disney property effectively get 190 days to make reservations rather than 180. 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 the most popular restaurants, such as Cinderella's Royal Table and Victoria & Albert's, already booked by the time the 180-day mark rolls around. 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 World Dining Reservations - Chef Mickey's

If reservations are really important to you, make sure you have already planned which days you will be going to the parks before your 180-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.

We don't suggest using morning Extra Magic Hours for dining reservations if you are staying on-site and would otherwise plan to attend those EMHs, because that is when you would want to be on the most popular rides. 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.

Take advantage of advance-order dining at Be Our Guest. Speaking of Be Our Guest, it's the only restaurant that currently offers optional order-ahead, or advance-order, dining when you make an advance breakfast or lunch reservation. (It is not available for dinner reservations.) When you are within 30 days of your reservation, you can select your entrees, sides, beverages and dessert through an order form on the My Reservations page in your My Disney Experience account. You do not have to pay when placing the order, and you can modify or cancel it at any time before arriving at the restaurant. Canceling a meal order will not affect the restaurant reservation itself, so you must cancel the restaurant reservation separately if you need to do so.

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) 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 new reservation window opens at 7 a.m. EST each day. 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 Reserve Dining and enter the number of people in the party, date and time of day. 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.

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 World 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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Jun 7, 2018 at 3:08 p.m. Jen Says...

I have a reservation at Port Orleans for December and I'm getting ready to make ADRs and will benefit from the 180+10 policy for CRT and BOG. What happens if my trip dates change and/or we later decide to stay off property? Will canceling the room also cancel the ADRs?

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Jun 7, 2018 at 12:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

Awesome plan! As long as your potential change of plans takes place within the 180-day window, there will be no reason that the reservations would be cancelled, even if you're staying off property. No worries! Just make it clear when you call guest services.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 1, 2018 at 9:05 p.m. Kary A Says...

Advice/Experience?

We booked a December stay (At a Disney resort) and wanted to arrive a day earlier, however our resort had no availability that day. So i booked a second reservation for the full stay, at a different Disney resort (which we don't like as much) keeping both. Now my ADR day is one day earlier. When I call to change the resort reservation, probably a split stay - 6 days at one 4 days at another - will my ADRs be cancelled? I dont feel they shoudl since we are staying on Disney properties the entire time and are only moving because of lack of availabiity.

Hope this is clear! Any advice or similar experiences would be appreciated!

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Jun 1, 2018 at 6:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kary!

We invite the Frog Pond to chime in, as we haven't experienced this ourselves - but we don't think there should be any problem here. Dining reservations are 180 days in advance of your trip regardless of whether you're staying off-site or on-site.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 12, 2018 at 8:54 p.m. Hayley Says...

Hi. We were looking to book BOG for breakfast at 8:20am on the first day of our trip. We are not staying onsite and the park doesn't open until 9am. Will we be able to gain entry into the park at 8am with us not staying at a Disney hotel? And do you know what time the ticket centre opens as we will only have paper tickets on that day and will need them exchanging to the plastic card tickets but are unsure if we will be able to do this at that time in the morning . Thank you

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May 17, 2018 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hayley,

You will have no problem getting into the park early if you have a reservation. The ticket windows typically open an hour ahead of park opening.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 15, 2018 at 11:40 p.m. Shannon Says...

We are going next spring and have booked our rooms at shades of green but we are waiting till fall to purchase our park tickets to see if they will extend the salute to the armed forces for another year. Do you have to have park tickets linked in my disney experience before you can make ADRs or just the hotel reservation??

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Apr 15, 2018 at 10:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

You will be able to make your ADR's six months in advance, regardless!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 6, 2018 at 12:34 p.m. Alice K. Says...

We are arriving at WDW on November 20th, staying at the Boardwalk Villas. When can I start making dinner reservations and can someone tell me which are the best restaurants at WDW. Thanks.

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Apr 6, 2018 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alice!

You can make dining reservations 180 days in advance of your trip. For character meals, Chef Mickey's and Cinderella's Royal Table are our favorites. Otherwise, we're huge fans of Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios, Yak & Yeti at Animal Kingdom and any of the restaurants around World Showcase in Epcot!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 29, 2018 at 1:18 a.m. Rebecca Says...

Hi!,

So my dad made all our dining reservations but is now unable to go on the trip with us. It is now only my close friend and I going. Are trip is so close it would be so hard to try to make new reservations. Do you think we will still be able to use our exsisting dining reservations if my dad is not with us?

Thanks

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Apr 6, 2018 at 10:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

It would be better to remake the reservations if you were able to do so, but if not, we think you will be able to still use the existing ones. You'll just need to make sure your (you and your dad's) My Disney Experience accounts are connected as friends/family.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 27, 2018 at 6:39 p.m. Liz Says...

Hello,

We made our reservations for October and are so excited! For the 180 plus 10 ADR, do the other days (days 181-184) just show up when the 180 mark opens from the first day of your hotel reservation, or how do you make the rest of the reservations on the same day?

Thanks!

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Apr 6, 2018 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz,

Yes, if you're staying on-site, then you'll be able to make reservations for up to 10 days past the 180 day mark. So, for days 181-184, as long as you're making the reservations on the same My Disney Experience account that your hotel reservation is linked to, then you shouldn't have any problems!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 21, 2018 at 5:47 p.m. Miranda Says...

Hi! I had booked a trip in June for my sister, my niece and myself. A few weeks after, my sister's husband asked to join so I changed the reservation and added him in. I already had a few ADRs made and was able to get some new ones made to accommodate him, but for example for Ohana I couldn't find another one for 4 instead of 3. Could I just have him come with us to the reservation and say we have 1 extra when we check in at the podium? What's the best way to get him added on so he isn't left out? Thanks!

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Mar 21, 2018 at 2:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Miranda!

We recommend calling the reservation line at (407) 939-3463 to speak to someone. We imagine they should be able to accommodate since it will just be rounding out your group of 3!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 13, 2018 at 2:27 a.m. Sherry Says...

What happens if I’m booking a 14 day trip? I can make dining reservations for the first 10 days. When can I make days 11-14?

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Apr 6, 2018 at 10:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherry,

You'll have to wait until you reach 180 days before the 11th day, if that makes sense.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 7, 2018 at 12:45 p.m. julianne Says...

I think your info may be outdated. The window opens at 6am EST. I am also not sure about the 190 days out, I have only heard of 180 days.

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Mar 8, 2018 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julianne!

Starting 180 days in advance of your arrival date, you can book dining for the entire length of your resort stay—up to 10 days. So, you're able to make reservations for an extra 10 days, which would make it 190 days!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 19, 2018 at 6:03 p.m. denise Says...

My mom has alzheimers and dementia and will be in a wheelchair or electric wheelchair and have a walker for bathroom transfers. How do i make reservations to accommodate? Also trying to get someone to come along and help with mom. So some meals 3 some 4 will depend on hours on and off. Should i make them all for 4?

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Feb 21, 2018 at 11:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denise!

Disney is very understanding and super accommodating with situations like these, so no worries. Call their dining reservation line at (407) 939-3463 and explain your situation - they may be able to put a request in the system for convenient seating for your party, and we're sure they won't mind you making all reservations for 4, just in case.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 14, 2018 at 6:38 p.m. Stephanie C. Says...

If we have a dining reservation for 9:10 am, how early will we be allowed to go into the park so we are sure to be there on time, or preferably a little early, for our reservation? (assuming the park opens at 9 am)

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Feb 15, 2018 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

Great question. Your reservation isn't the earliest there is, so other guests will already be in the park dining. Cast members will likely let you in up to 30 minutes ahead of your reservation. Note that you do need park admission, even if you have a dining reservation! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 15, 2018 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

Great question. Your reservation isn't the earliest there is, so other guests will already be in the park dining. Cast members will likely let you in up to 30 minutes ahead of your reservation. Note that you do need park admission, even if you have a dining reservation! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 14, 2018 at 8:33 a.m. Andrew Says...

I believe that you can book 180 days out for anyone, even with no resort reservations. And up to 190 days out starting with the first day of your trip at 180, so you could book the rest of your days up to 10 days more.

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Feb 13, 2018 at 11:24 a.m. Dom Says...

Hello, I've been trying to book in at Be Our Guest for Dinner, and when I get on at the 180 day mark, the second it opens, I try a table for 2 and it says no availability at all. Is the because people staying on disney property are able to book it 10 days prior to myself? Thanks.

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Feb 13, 2018 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dom!

It's possible this is the reason you were not able to get reservations. Be Our Guest is wildly popular so it can be tough to get ahold of a reservation. We recommend continuing to hunt for reservations consistently leading up until your trip, particularly in the early morning hours. You'll find something!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 5, 2018 at 1:14 p.m. Lena Says...

Hi can I book dining reservations for my whole trip on my 180 day mark? I won't be booking onsite hotel for about a month after that starts and would I have to book 1 day at a time because of that?

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Feb 5, 2018 at 3:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lena!

Until you have your Disney resort hotel booked, you will indeed have to book one day at a time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 5, 2018 at 2:54 a.m. Tom W Says...

Is the 190 day advance benefit for dining reservations when staying at a WDW resort still in effect? The on—line Disney rep told me 180 days, but I didn’t actually specifically inquire on this 190 day benefit I keep reading about. Thanks!

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Feb 5, 2018 at 4:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tom!

From what we know (and we welcome other members of the Frog Pond to chime in!) it is a 180-day booking window across the board, even for resort guests.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 17, 2018 at 9:06 p.m. piper Says...

It states to the contrary in the article above. So, what is correct?

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Apr 3, 2018 at 4:14 p.m. Monica Says...

It's technically not really 190 days prior to check in. It's 180 days across the board, but if you're staying in a Disney resort, you can book up to 10 days at that 180 day point while those staying off property can only book 1 day at a time for their stay. They would have to book reservations for their first day at 180 days, their second day at 180 days, their 3rd day at 180 days, etc.... When staying onsite, you can book up to 10 days of reservations at the 180 day mark from your date of check in. Does that make sense?

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Feb 2, 2018 at 9:40 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hi! We are planning our trip to Disney World beginning August 17th. I am hoping to be able to add the free dining plan promotion if and when it becomes available. If I am lucky enough to snag a reservation at CRT, and need to prepay, how does that work once I have the dining plan in place? I believe the 180 day mark will be before I can add the dining plan promotion. Also, our plans will change significantly if the promotion doesn't come up. Can CRT be cancelled and refunded in that case? Thanks for your help!

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Feb 15, 2018 at 3:39 p.m. Shani Says...

How do you know when a free dining promotion becomes available? We will be arriving the 18th and staying on property. Thanks for your help!

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Feb 2, 2018 at 4:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

These are great questions and you have nothing to worry about. Go ahead and snag that CRT reservation ASAP! You can apply dining plan credits later on (fingers crossed the "free dining" comes available) and your deposit will be refunded. Just call the Disney reservation line once you have your dining plan. If you need to cancel, you can do so anytime beyond 24 hours of your reservation.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 31, 2018 at 10:07 p.m. blake Says...

I made reservations for Tiffins for the Rivers of Light Dining package a few people. Does each person have to order an entree? Can some people order an entree, and others just have appetizers (in order to get the tickets for the show that evening)? My understanding is you don't have to actually order three full priced entrees and all in the party will still get the tickets. Is that correct?

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Jan 31, 2018 at 8:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Blake!

We discourage this, as the dining packages are intended for those eating a full meal and enjoying the show. However, we believe you can get away with some of the members of your party splitting appetizers.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 30, 2018 at 2:39 a.m. Brandon Says...

Hi, if my friends make a reservation for six and I make one for three will Disney be able to put our table together so we can be one big group

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Jan 29, 2018 at 10:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandon!

We would advise against doing this. While of course Disney tries their best to accommodate these requests, it can't be promised. Just keep trying to find the reservation you need in the MyDisneyExperience app!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 22, 2018 at 4:42 p.m. Naomi Says...

Do Dessert parties ever open up after being sold out? If so when do people tend to cancel those?

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Feb 3, 2018 at 3:47 p.m. Phyllis Says...

I kept checking back on a dessert party and a reservation came open. Keep trying!

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Jan 22, 2018 at 4:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Naomi,

We don't often hear about dessert party reservations opening up after being sold out. However, like any popular reservation, we recommend checking closer to the date you're interested in, just in case! We've had some luck snagging hot spots like Cinderella's Royal Table at the last minute, so we imagine you may be able to find the same luck with the dessert parties.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 15, 2018 at 5:28 a.m. Eli Says...

Hi. We are going to Disney in two months and have 2 questions. We are traveling with two 3year olds and wondered if one of them sleeps before our dinner reservation will we be charged for his meal? The other question I have is if we get the Disney dining plan which includes one table seating, if we use that table seating for breakfast instead of dinner (because the kids might be asleep by then), is it worth it? Thanks.

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Jan 17, 2018 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eli,

These are great questions. If you order food for your little one before he or she falls asleep, YES, you will certainly be charged for the food. However, if he or she is fast asleep throughout the whole meal and nothing is ordered, no worries. You won't be charged for having them there.

Using table service credits for breakfast is absolutely worth it! We are a fan of loading up on food early in the morning to use as fuel while hustling through the parks. Disney offers great breakfast options, and some of our favorite meals are breakfasts--such as Chef Mickey's or Kona Cafe.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 10, 2018 at 9:53 p.m. Haylee Says...

Hi! So, my friends and I are looking to spend our “senior week” at Disney world instead of the beach. We have everything planned and are ready to book with the exception of our meals. I know that someone must be eighteen at the time of reserving the meal, but none of will be eighteen until about ninety days before the trip. Do you have any suggestions as to how we might be able to secure meal reservations before we are age-eligible to do so? Thanks!!

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Jan 10, 2018 at 4:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Haylee,

Hmmm, we haven't personally been in that situation before. However, Disney World's site states that guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call for dining reservations at (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. As long as your Mama or Papa Frog give you their blessing, you should be able to book the meals you want via phone, especially since you will be 18 by the time your trip comes around. Hop back to us if this doesn't work, and we'll help you find a solution!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 2, 2018 at 11:15 p.m. Samy Says...

Hi! if I put a credit card for the reservation does the owner of the credit card (my dad) has to be there? or can I use it only to guarantee the reservation and pay in cash?

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Jan 3, 2018 at 10:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samy,

The owner of the credit card (in this case, your dad) does not need to be present. The credit card will be used to hold the reservation, and will only be charged if you don't show up. (You must cancel outside of the 24-hour window.) Once at the restaurant, you can pay however you wish!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 31, 2017 at 11:10 p.m. Carey Says...

Hoop de do is 2 credits. Can the 6 in our party sit down and only order 3 meals to share?

Thx

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Jan 10, 2018 at 11:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carey,

Unfortunately, that is not an option. Each member of the party seated must purchase their own meal.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 28, 2017 at 10:34 p.m. Nina Says...

Hi! Thank you for your post, it helped me a lot. Just one question, what if I book a party for 10 people but only 8 show up? Do I have to pay the 10 dollars each? Thanks!!

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Jan 2, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nina,

The $10 fee per person is if you completely do not show up or cancel your reservation within 24 hours of your reservation time. To our understanding, you aren't charged if a person or two doesn't show up.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 21, 2017 at 4:01 a.m. Steven Says...

If I have 10-day Magic Your Way tickets but am only staying on-site for 5 days, will I be able to theoretically book 190 days of restaurant reservations (because I have 10-day tickets) or 185 days (because I'm only staying on-site for 5 days)?

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Apr 3, 2018 at 4:11 p.m. Monica Says...

Dining reservations are not based on your length of tickets, but on your hotel reservation. Tickets have nothing to do with it.

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Dec 22, 2017 at 8:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steven,

We are not entirely sure, but we would expect you would likely be able to book all of those dates if your Disney hotel reservation is before your off-site stay. Perhaps someone else reading this who has had a similar situation can share their experience!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 5, 2017 at 7:13 p.m. Kylie Says...

Will the card used to make the reservation be charged for the food, or can we split the ticket and use different cards when we pay?

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Dec 12, 2017 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kylie,

The credit card is only used to hold the reservation. You can use a different card to pay.

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 2, 2017 at 7:33 p.m. Lauren Says...

Hello , can you book dining tables , like be our guest ( will not be on the Disney dining plan ) before you book your theme park tickets ?

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Dec 7, 2017 at 11:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

Yes, you can make a dining reservation before you have your tickets. You'll just need to create a My Disney Experience account.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 16, 2017 at 11:54 p.m. CHRISTOPHER CASEY Says...

We could only get a breakfast reservation with 25 min from end of breakfast and start of lunch. Do they kick us out , do they continue breakfast food or do we get to eat lunch too

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Dec 22, 2017 at 8:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christopher,

Sorry for the delay. Your comment ended up in our spam filter. Which restaurant? You might get lucky and get both. You would definitely get breakfast!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 10, 2017 at 7:56 p.m. Holly Says...

Tomorrow is our 180 days-to-go date and i’m all set to make our ADRs. One problem, WDW hasn’t announced park opening times for the dates of our trip yet. They’re updating the calendar one day at a time, so tomorrow they’ll be adding the day we arrive, Sunday it’ll be our first full day etc etc.

I’m trying not to let it bother me and be flexible with our dining times, but this is bugging me slightly.

Also, a question: we’re staying for more than 10 days. If we want to add ADRs for the end of our trip, will they become available for us 190 days from dining date or 180? In other words, will I need to book day by day from tomorrow? Or do a second batch in another 10 days?

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Dec 22, 2017 at 8:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly,

I am so sorry for the delay in responding, but your comment ended up in our spam filter. You should have been able to add them all at once. Please let us know if this was not the case!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 3, 2017 at 4:40 a.m. Holland Says...

I made reservations for 4, but we have a 1 year old in addition. Will they just pull up a high chair?

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Nov 3, 2017 at 10:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holland,

That should be fine, but you may want to call and adjust your reservation. Having the exact seating number will help when seating your party at the restaurant.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 30, 2018 at 9:45 p.m. AnnaJ Says...

I would definitely adjust your booking. It was frustrating as a cast member at CRT for example as it's so tight that there really isn't that many places we can 'just pull up a high chair' and it could mean a really long wait for you - this is not all restaurants but just a heads up that your baby is a human being that whilst they might not necessarily eat they might need space for a stroller or high chair!

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Apr 5, 2018 at 6:03 a.m. Carson Dickens Says...

I have been very confused about this. My son is 2 and I was told he doesn't need a ticket. When I go to add reservations I'm unable to add him to it. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do.

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Apr 6, 2018 at 10:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carson!

In cases like these, we recommend calling the Disney dining reservation line directly at (407) 939-3463. A Cast Member will be able to sort this out!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 15, 2017 at 11:22 p.m. JP Says...

Can I make a reservation for 4 at Victoria and Albert’s and only have 2 people show? (There are no reservations for 2 available) or will they charge us for 4 people?

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Oct 16, 2017 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JP,

We'd check with Disney at 1-407-WDW-DINE to see their official policy on something like this. Normally, Disney does not seat your party if the number of people present does not match the reservation.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 12, 2017 at 2:43 p.m. Katie Says...

I am trying to make a reservation for a character meal through My Disney Experience.

I have chosen a restaurant for each day and I was open to any timeslot available, but it is not showing availability for ANY day at ANY character meal at ANY park .

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Oct 12, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

Hmm. Maybe the system is down. If nothing is showing up in the app, try calling Disney to make dining reservations.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2017 at 5:34 p.m. Stephanie Says...

I have scheduled ADR at Ohana, Liberty Tree, and Cinderella's Castle. I know that we prepay to hold the spot but can I pay with gift card the day of?

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Sep 25, 2017 at 2:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

Yes, you may use a gift card to pay for dining.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2017 at 9:04 p.m. Doug Says...

When staying at a Disney property, can you make the 180 day plus 10 reservation for the day you check out?

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Sep 25, 2017 at 7:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Doug,

Unfortunately, no. It begins when you check in.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2017 at 2:03 p.m. Lady Says...

I will be onsite and already have dining reservations for 4 at Be Our Guest. Now I can not attend; can another in our group just take my place? Or must I have WDW put reservation in my sister's name?

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Sep 19, 2017 at 1:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Hmmm. You should be fine giving the last name on the reservation. It may not be a bad idea to call and change the name to be 100% certain you get in.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2017 at 12:07 a.m. Ivonne Says...

My family and I are staying off property. Can we make breakfast reservations before the park opens? I know extra magic hours only apply for those staying onsite but do they make exceptions with an ADR?

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Sep 10, 2017 at 8:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ivonne,

You will need to make reservations during a non-Magic Hours dining period.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2017 at 6:05 p.m. kim Says...

How do u book be our guest dinner on the app when 6am 180day Mark it's saying no openings? I here that it's hard when im only booking for 2.

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Sep 5, 2017 at 10:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Be Our Guest is hard to book! Try different dates and times. You may get lucky that way!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2017 at 4:11 p.m. Miranda Says...

If we have a breakfast reservation at a buffet location for 4 adults and 2 children, can one adult choose not to eat or will we still be charged 4 adult meals since it's a buffet? (Picky eater problems.)

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Aug 24, 2017 at 1 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Miranda,

You'll be charged the full price, regardless of how picky your eaters are. We speak from experience :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 11, 2017 at 10:24 a.m. Margaret Says...

We are staying off property but can get a dinner reservation on a night with Extra Magic Hours. So since we are staying off property, would we not be able to keep the reservation available that falls during extra hours? Park normally closes on that date at 8p but reservation would be at 8:55p.

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Aug 14, 2017 at 8:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Occasionally, guests staying off-property do stay in the park past closing time. They may shop or eat, but not board any attractions. You could make that reservation, but it would be best to make it for a time that avoids Extra Magic Hours.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 12, 2017 at 11:21 a.m. Patti Says...

We are going in January and have 4 adults, 2 children and an infant in our group. Do I need a reservation for 6 or 7? Does the baby count? Thanks!

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Jul 12, 2017 at 11:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patti,

Babies (under the age of 2) do not count for a seat, so you can make your reservation for 6.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 2, 2017 at 7:38 p.m. Mrs D Says...

This info is incorrect. Dining reservations need to account every human being that will be present regardless of their age.

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Jun 10, 2017 at 5:10 a.m. Crystal Says...

Hi,

I want to make a dining reservation for Cinderella's Castle. I know it is prepay when I make it. There will be 4 in my party but one is under 3 years of age. Do I put that I only need a reservation for 3 instead of 4 so I will

Not be charged for the under three years of age child?

Thank you!

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Jun 11, 2017 at 6:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal,

You will need to book the number of seats you will need, regardless of age of the diners. They will not charge you until the day of your dinner.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 6, 2017 at 5:22 a.m. Hilary Says...

We are staying off site. Do we need to buy tickets to the park before we book dining reservations? Thanks!

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Jun 6, 2017 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hilary,

No, you do not need to buy tickets first. Just be sure you have tickets before you dine!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 5, 2017 at 3:38 p.m. Tamara Says...

Hi!

We are planning a trip to Magic Kingdom on November 30th (staying offsite). 180 days out was this past Saturday and from what I can tell there are already NO available dining reservations for that day! Can this possibly be correct? Magic Kingdom is only open until 4:30 November 30th, so I thought dining reservations would be possible 178 days in advance. Am I too late already!?

Thanks for your help!

Tamara

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Jun 5, 2017 at 12:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tamara,

It's possible, but don't give up! Keep trying before you visit and try walking up during your visit.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 31, 2017 at 2:57 p.m. Joe Gatta Says...

If you're staying at a Disney Resort Hotel with 4 people staying in the hotel can you make a dining reservation for more than 4 people?

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May 31, 2017 at 11:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe,

Yes, you can make a dining reservation that fits your entire party size.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 29, 2017 at 2:42 a.m. Michelle Says...

Does booking online start at midnight? Or I have to wait till 6 a.m.? I really want to go to BOG again...last time we were there we had to wait in a pretty long line, that was prior to 2015.

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May 29, 2017 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

The booking window opens at 7 a.m. Eastern time.

Hoppy planning,

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2017 at 4:51 p.m. Clarissa Says...

I modified my diving reservation at the garden grill to a different time through my Disney experience app. I got an email confirmation but my app still shows the old time. I waited a few hours, closed and restarted the app, even tried deleting and reinstalling the app to no avail. Should I be concerned that my reservation changed didn't take? I do have the email but don't want to a. Be charged for not showing up for the earlier time and b. Not jabber my reservation for the later time.

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May 28, 2017 at 8:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Clarissa,

Try confirming your new time with Disney Dining at 1-407-WDW-DINE. That's the best way to confirm so you're not charged.

Hoppy planning,

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2017 at noon Heather Says...

I did learn this morning if you have multiple reservations you can only book at the 180 day window for each reservation. The reservations are not linked together even though they are consecutive.

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May 4, 2017 at 9:02 p.m. sharon Says...

If I'm staying at the Disneys Dolphin Resort, how would I get to the Hoop De Doo Show from this hotel?

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May 5, 2017 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon,

The Hoo-Dee-Doo Musical Review takes place at Fort Wilderness. From the Dolphin hotel, take the bus to Epcot, then transfer to the Ft. Wilderness bus or take the Dolphin bus to Magic Kingdom, then board the ferry to Fort Wilderness.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2017 at 9:05 p.m. Emily Says...

My family and I are planning on going to WDW on Dec. 28 and staying a day or two after New Years. We want to go to Be Our Guest on Dec. 30. Since it's so busy at that time, do you think it is even possible to get a reservation 180 days in advance? Is it possible to change resort days to make it so we can book Be Our Guest 190 days in advance and then change back to our original days a week later? What do you recommend we can do to get this reservation?

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Apr 25, 2017 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

We recommend being flexible with you attempts to land this reservation. Shoot for your target day, but be open to going Jan 1 or 2. Also, if you cannot land dinner, then grab lunch. Above all, be patient. It's hard to get into BOG, but not impossible.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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