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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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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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Apr 7, 2017 at 1:07 a.m. Melissa Says...

We just put down our deposit for a Disney trip in October. We will be saying on-site. To make ADR at the 180 day mark, plus the 10 days do you need to have your trip payed in full? Or is the deposit and linking my reservation number to My Disney account work? Thanks!

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Apr 7, 2017 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

You'll need to use a credit card to make a guaranteed reservation online. You'll connect with your Disney account, but it doesn't impact your deposit.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 23, 2017 at 10:29 p.m. Tom Says...

Great article! We have reservations at Planet Hollywood at 11:15pm. In the event we felt like going earlier, say 10pm, and they happened to have tables open....would we be considered as cancelling our ADR and get charged the fee? I'm just not sure how we're going to feel, but we would definitely honor our ADR if there is no flexibility.

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Mar 24, 2017 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tom,

Every restaurant has a different policy regarding cancellations. Contact Planet Hollywood to see what their policy is to make sure you won't get charged for a change!

Keep Hopping!

LEap

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Mar 6, 2017 at 2:58 p.m. Maria Says...

Hi, a have a reservation for a party of 3. But it is possible that one person doesn't show (we won't know until that day), so we would end up being 2 at the restaurant. Would there be a problem or a charge for the no show of one person of our party?

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Mar 6, 2017 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

It really depends on the restaurant you are dining at. Some require advance full payment with no refund, but those are usually the dining shows. For all other table service ones, as long as at least one person shows up to take the reservation there should not be a problem.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 6, 2017 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

It really depends on the restaurant you are dining at. Some require advance full payment with no refund, but those are usually the dining shows. For all other table service ones, as long as at least one person shows up to take the reservation there should not be a problem.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 26, 2017 at 4:10 p.m. Catalina Says...

I found a reservation for a party of 4, but we are five in our group, is there a chance that they let the five of us have dinner having a reservation for four?

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Feb 26, 2017 at 1:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catalina,

It's hard to say, and really depends on the restaurant and how busy it is and when you're dining.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Feb 20, 2017 at 4:19 a.m. Aren Says...

Hello! When checking in for a character meal, will I pay for the meal at check-in based on the number of people the reservation was made for? Or can we pay after we've finished eating? In other words, if we have a reservation for 9 people, but only 8 people eat (and the 9th person just gets a soda), will we be charged for 9 meals, or charged for what was actually eaten? I'm asking this because one person in our party is VERY picky, and probably won't eat much at all, even at a character meal. I don't want to waste $30+ on too many character meals!

Thanks!

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Feb 22, 2017 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aren,

At character dining, everyone will need to pay the same price (adult or child) before being seated.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 15, 2017 at 9:36 p.m. Mura Says...

We're planning our trip for October. After looking at all the character meals and signature dining we wanted to do and crunching the numbers, it made sense for us to spring for deluxe dining. We want Cinderella's Royal Table, Hoop Dee Hoo and Spirit of Aloha. How do I make our ADRs without having to pay ahead of time since we will be using our dining plan credits, (yes I know they'll be 2 apiece.)

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May 27, 2017 at 1:23 a.m. Courtney Says...

You do not have to pay ahead if using your dining credits, but you will still need to give credit card information in case you don't show up. This was the case anyway when we went to Cinderella's Royal Table and Spirit of Aloha.

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Feb 16, 2017 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Mura,

That's a good question and something we haven't experienced. Try calling 407-WDW-DINE to see if you can book your reservations without the credit card.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 4, 2017 at 3:58 a.m. Jess Says...

Hi,

We are staying the the Dolphin Resort, do you know if we are able to get dining reservations before the 180 day mark? Also we will be in a group of 18 people all staying at the Dolphin. Will we be able to book on the app with this many people?

Thanks

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Feb 5, 2017 at 3:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess,

You should be able to get dining reservations for at the 180-mark, provided everyone is checking in on the same day. You may want to call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-346 to see if that's still the case.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog!

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Jan 23, 2017 at 10:32 p.m. El Says...

Hi,

My boyfriend and I are staying on-site in a Disney hotel but the rest of our party are staying off-site. How can we add them to our dining reservations? I know we can book our reservations up to 180 days before we leave, but they have to wait longer. Is there any way we can book our favourite restaurants in advance and then add them to the booking at a later date?

Thanks!! :D

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Feb 3, 2017 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi El,

You may make changes to your dining resvervation—depending if there is still seating available on that day. You can make the change in the app or by calling Walt Disney World Guest Relations.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 7, 2017 at 4:56 a.m. Meg Says...

We will be staying at the Polynesian and booked our stay through DVC. If we wanted to book the dining plan are we able to since we are staying on property but didn't directly book through Disney?

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Jan 11, 2017 at 10:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meg,

The only way to purchase the Disney Dining Plan is by purchasing a Magic Your Way Vacation Package through Disney.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 2, 2017 at 11:15 p.m. Amy Says...

This is not the case. If you book through DVC you can add the Dining plan...even without purchasing any park tickets. The only thing is...the DVC owner has to book the dining plan for you, you can't call yourself.

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Dec 6, 2016 at 8:43 a.m. Erika Says...

Hi

We are staying at magic kingdom and can't find any restaurants available :(.... however , Disney springs has a restaurant available for us. If I reserve a spot for us to eat there, can we eat there without paying for the springs entrance then go back to magic Kingdom ?

Thank you

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Dec 8, 2016 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika,

You do not have to pay to enter Disney Springs, and yes, you can return to Magic Kingdom. You'll just want to factor in your time for getting to Disney Springs and back to Magic Kingdom.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 2, 2016 at 10:19 a.m. Rina Says...

We are traveling the week before Christmas. Most of our reservations are made. We have a few hard to get reservations and my friends daughter has decided to come with us. We have reservations for 4. Would they typically honor our reservation if we go with 5 people?

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Aug 13, 2017 at 3:40 a.m. Greg Says...

We originally had eight people going to Disney World last spring and at the last moment we added another child. We were able to update most of our reservations by phone, but the for the few that we weren't able to update , we arrived at the restaurant with all nine of us and they were able to accommodate us no problem.

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Nov 8, 2016 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rina,

Technically, no, but the cast members do have discretion in these types of decisions. I would call and try to get the 5th person added to all reservations.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 23, 2016 at 11:46 p.m. Ryan Says...

How long are dinning reservations for? If we reserve an 8pm supper reservation, do they hurry us along afrer 60 or 90 minutes. Or can we take 120+ minutes of appetizers, entrée, desert, and drinks?

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan,

You may find they try to hurry along, but you can always take as long as you'd like.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 6, 2016 at 6:28 a.m. Laila Says...

We're staying off site and want to book early morning breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table. Is it even possible for an off site guest to snag one of these given their popularity and on site resort guests booking 189 days in advance??

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Oct 11, 2016 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laila,

It depends on the time of year. It's difficult but not impossible. Good luck!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2016 at 1:35 a.m. Alexis Says...

We have a trip planned for New Years Day and I'd like to surprise my mom with a breakfast at Crystal Palace(somehow there are still some reservations available!). The only thing is, we are staying off property and are not sure how we could get to the park for breakfast before it opened. Is there a way that guests staying off property can get into the park before it opens for meals or is it only possible if you are staying at a resort?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexis,

If you have an early morning breakfast reservation, you can get in the park early with valid park admission. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 7, 2016 at 9:35 a.m. Jamie Says...

If you can only get a partial party reservation for a meal (I.e. 3 when you have four on your trip) can you just show up with the extra person for the meal?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 2:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

Perhaps during a slower time, the restaurant could accommodate you, but generally, no, this would not be possible.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2016 at 7:48 p.m. Hollie Says...

To eat at the coral reef restaurant do you have to buy entrance to Epcot for the day? Or can you just go to coral reef restaurant for dinner?

Thanks!

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Jun 2, 2016 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hollie,

You would need valid park admission to eat at the restaurant.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 16, 2016 at 8:48 a.m. Mark Turner Says...

Cant choose between coral reef and whispering canon help i have done both but this is girlfriends first time in the states

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark,

They're both great choices, but such different experiences. It really depends on what theming you think would be most appealing.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 12, 2016 at 9:25 a.m. Feona Macdonald Says...

Hi, we are book for a 14 night stay at Disney on property (yay!) . After the initial 10 day window would I have to then just book the rest of the days each day at the 180 day mark or do you know if another 10 day window would open up ? Thanks

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Aug 8, 2016 at 12:10 a.m. Christine Says...

Hi! We are are going to Disney for 12 days so I know what you are asking! You can book the first 10 days of reservations 180 days out, then 10 days later you can book the rest of the days in your stay as that would be 180 from those days... does that make sense? This is how it was explained to me by a Disney Cast Member.

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Feona,

We are not 100% sure. Perhaps someone reading this will chime in!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 19, 2016 at 7:02 p.m. Mary Loveless Says...

We are staying on Disney property for 9 nights 10 days and just to let you know, My Disney Experience did not roll over for us to make a dining reservation until 6 am Eastern 180 days in advance. There was no additional time added for the vacation time. We've had our reservations since November 2015.

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Jul 6, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. Nicky Says...

I had the same problem until I realised my resort stays had not been linked in the app. Once I added my resort reservations, the 10 day window opened up. Therefore check! Hope this helps. It's a massive benefit for those staying onsite.

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Mar 10, 2016 at 6:28 a.m. Melea Says...

What time of day is the earliest that I can book my reservations? For example, 180 days before at midnight eastern time? Just wondering because I'm on the west coast, and it would be great if this was available for me at 9pm the night before my 180 days :)

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Mar 10, 2016 at 9:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melea,

Good question! It opens at 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 19, 2016 at 7:09 p.m. Mary Loveless Says...

You can book online at My Disney Experience at 6 am eastern time. If you call to make a reservation, they don't open the phone lines until 7 am eastern time. The folks using My Disney Experience will have an hour jump on you. Also, we are staying at a Disney resort and we were not given "up to 10 days of our vacation" to book our dining reservations. It didn't open up until exactly 180 days. In fact, the confirmation we received in the mail from Disney stated we could start making our dining reservations on 16 May and that's when it magically opened for us. My daughter was online at 4 am central time and she was not able to make our dining reservations until 5 am on the nose.

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May 20, 2016 at 11:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary,

Thanks for sharing, but when your 180 day window opens, you could make all of your dining reservations (for the rest of your vacation days) at that time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 29, 2017 at 4:23 p.m. Jessie Says...

Once my 180-day opens up (I am staying off-resort this year), can I make all my dining reservations at the same time, or do I need to make them each day?

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Jun 29, 2017 at 12:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessie,

Since you are not staying on-site, you will need to call every day. The 10-day grace period is only for guests on-site.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 18, 2016 at 11:08 p.m. Lori Says...

I was able to make my reservations at 6am. The phones open at 7am.

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