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Your Complete Guide to Dining at Disney World in 2020

by Mommy Frog on August 10, 2020 Orlando

What to Know About Dining at Disney World in 2020 - PinterestHopping good news! You can now book Walt Disney World Resort hotels for 2020 and 2021! It's a great time to lock in savings for vacations if you're heading to the parks soon. More dates and hotels are being added, so if you don't see your dates, please check back! You can purchase Walt Disney World Resort theme park tickets for 2020 and 2021 too!

If you'll be hopping back to Walt Disney World Resort in 2020, you've probably already heard that the experience may be a little different than what you're used to. After a temporary closure due to COVID-19, the resort is bringing back the magic in phases. Some Disney World Resort hotels and Disney Springs reopened first, and the theme parks followed July 11 and July 15. With guest and cast member safety top of mind, new health and safety measures are in place around the resort, and that includes restaurants (both quick- and table-service). To limit capacity in restaurants and minimize contact, there are some new procedures in place that you should know about if you'll be dining at Disney World in 2020. Don't worry. We'll walk through everything we know about dining at Disney World in 2020 so that you're toadally prepared.

First thing's first: Disney made the tough call to cancel previously existing Advance Dining Reservations through 2020. Because capacity will be limited in the parks, a new theme park reservation system has also been created. These steps are to ensure that social distancing measures, such as keeping dining tables six feet apart or spacing guests in queues, can be enforced. Advance Dining Reservations have now returned though: If you're planning a trip, your booking window will just be 60 days out rather than 180.

The hoppy news is that you can still dine at most of your favorite restaurants during this initial reopening phase, including Sanaa, Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' and Beaches and Cream Soda Shop. (Don't judge us if you see us eating at all three in one day ... bread service, fried chicken and The Kitchen Sink? YES, PLEASE!)

We've got the full scoop on how to prepare, what safety measures are in place and what this new dining experience will look like. As more details are released, we'll continue to update this guide, so don't froget to hop back!

Your Compleat Guide to Dining at Disney World in 2020

Disney World Dining 2020 - Pinocchio Village Haus Pick-up Window

As we mentioned, several dining-related programs have been canceled for 2020. Those include Advance Dining Reservations (which you can now remake) and the Disney Dining Plan. Tables in Wonderland memberships will be extended for the number of days the parks are closed. Keep in mind that certain experiences and restaurants may be limited or unavailable during this initial reopening phase, including character dining, which will be largely unavailable (the exception being a modified experience at Topolino's Terrace at Disney's Riviera Resort and EPCOT's Garden Grill).

What to Know Before You Go

Dining at Disney World in 2020 - Standing Tables

Before you dine at Walt Disney World Resort, there are a few things to be aware of or prepare for. Face coverings are required for each guest age 2 and up. They must be worn in all public areas — including while entering and exiting dining locations — but can be removed while actively eating or drinking. Disney updated its policy to include that you must remain stationary while eating or drinking. That means finding a spot off of the pathway where you can keep your distance from other guests instead of walking around with a drink or churro in hand.

It's also recommended that guests utilize contactless pay options, such as Apple Pay, or, if you're a Disney Resort hotel guest, your MagicBand. If you're planning to dine at a table-service restaurant in a Disney Resort hotel, a confirmed dining reservation is required for day guests (those not staying overnight). Reservations are also highly recommended for guests staying overnight at a Disney Resort hotel.

Dining at Disney 2020 - Mobile Check-In

Be sure to download the latest version of the My Disney Experience app. My Disney Experience will be a vital tool for your dining experiences — make sure that location services are enabled! Many technological advancements are now available on the app, including Mobile Check-In (yes, for restaurants as well as hotels) and paperless menus to minimize contact. Mobile Order service has been expanded across the resort, and at some quick-service locations, it's even required to get your food (the only exception is if you don't have a smartphone). My Disney Experience is also the best way to get the most up-to-date information about what's hoppening around the resort.

Walt Disney World Dining Reservations & Walk-Up Lists

Disney World Dining 2020 - Exterior of Garden Grill

You’ll need valid park admission, a reservation for park entry and a dining reservation to dine at an in-park, table-service restaurant. Dining reservations do not guarantee admission to the park

Guests can make dining and experience reservations up to 60 days in advance. In addition, Disney Resort hotel guests can make reservations up to 60 days in advance, plus the length of their stay (up to 10 days). You can make a dining or experience reservation by using My Disney Experience.

Because of limited capacity, we've noticed that some of the "hard-to-get" reservations, such as Be Our Guest, have same-day availability during these initial opening days. Frogtastic! If eating at a certain restaurant is a high priority for you, we'd still recommend getting a reservation as early as possible. However, if you're looking last-minute, all hope is not lost! We suggest looking first thing in the morning to grab a reservation via My Disney Experience if you decide that day you want to eat at a specific location. But we've also had some success with simply checking availability while inside the park. The app said Be Our Guest was full, but we walked up and were seated anyway!

Disney World Dining 2020 - Grand Ballroom of Be Our Guest

At each park since then, we've checked walk-in availability at random table-service restaurants. Disney's Hollywood Studios didn't have many open reservations in advance, and none of the restaurants that we had asked were accepting walk-ins. Via Napoli in Italy at EPCOT had a sign on its door that walk-ins were not being accepted when we passed by. For restaurants that were accepting walk-ins, it largely depends on availability at the exact moment you ask. A host could sit you right then and there if there's space, but would not be able to guarantee availability later.

After a recent update to the My Disney Experience app, you can now view same-day, walk-in availability for select restaurants. When you search for same-day dining reservations in the app, there is a new "Now" option under "Search By Time." It will show restaurants near you with walk-in availability first, then other locations that offer a walk-up list. If a restaurant does not have availability, it will say so. Because this feature is brand-new, it has not been widely rolled out. MDE notes that additional dinning locations may have availability, but do not offer a walk-up list via the app.

As crowd levels change during the coming weeks and into the fall, walk-ins may not always be an option, especially for popular restaurants. Again, if it's a high priority for you, make that reservation as soon as possible. But it also may not be toadally impossible if you're checking on a whim!

New Disney Dining Health and Safety Measures

Dining at Disney World 2020 - Satu'li Canteen Table

New measures have been implemented across Walt Disney World dining locations to promote health and hygiene, including:

  • Enhanced Cleaning: Disney has increased cleaning in high-traffic areas such as public elevators and escalators, handrails, benches, tables, handles, restrooms and more. Additionally, seating areas, dining areas and pagers will be cleaned between guests.
  • Reduced-Contact Menus: Menus will be shared in ways to minimize contact. At quick-service restaurants, menus will be displayed on signage. And at table-service restaurants, you can scan a code with your mobile device to access the digital menu.
  • Self-Serve Changes: Beverages and other items that were previously self-serve will instead be served by cast members.

Changes in Disney Dining Experiences for 2020

Dining at Disney 2020 - Pinocchio Village Haus patio

Additional changes to Walt Disney World dining experiences include:

  • Menu items may vary. For specific menu information, check the restaurant’s online menu when the restaurant reopens.
  • Character dining will not be offered during the initial reopening, with the exception of a modified character dining experience at Topolino's Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera and EPCOT's Garden Grill.
  • Dinner shows will not be offered during the initial reopening.
  • Dining locations will be limited in capacity. Some locations will remain temporarily closed.
  • Private dining and in-room delivery will not be offered during the initial reopening window.
  • Mobile Order service will be offered at select quick-service dining locations throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney Springs and select Disney Resort hotels. In some cases, Mobile Ordering may be mandatory.

Full List of Available Restaurants

Disney Springs 

What to Know About Dining at Disney World in 2020 - The Polite Pig

  • Amorette's Patisserie
  • AristoCrepes
  • B.B. Wolf's Sausage Co.
  • Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza
  • The BOATHOUSE
  • Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'
  • Chicken Guy!
  • City Works Eatery & Pour House
  • Coca-Cola Store Rooftop Beverage Bar
  • Cookes of Dublin
  • Daily Poutine
  • Disney's Candy Cauldron
  • Disney Food Trucks
  • D-Luxe Burger
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • The Edison
  • Enzo's Hideaway
  • Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC
  • Frontera Cocina
  • The Ganachery
  • Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
  • Goofy's Candy Company
  • Haagen-Dazs
  • House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
  • Jaleo by José Andrés
  • Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar
  • Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company
  • Joffrey's Handcrafted Smoothies Kiosk
  • Marketplace Snacks
  • Maria & Enzo's
  • Morimoto Asia
  • Paddlefish
  • Paradiso 37
  • Pizza Ponte
  • Planet Hollywood
  • The Polite Pig
  • Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Splitsville Dining Room
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes (pick-up by reservation only)
  • Starbucks at Disney Springs Marketplace & West Side
  • STK Orlando
  • Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs Marketplace & West Side
  • T-REX
  • Terralina Crafted Italian
  • T-REX
  • Vivoli il Gelato
  • Wetzel's Pretzels at Disney Springs Marketplace & West Side
  • Wine Bar George – A Restaurant & Bar
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
  • YeSake Kiosk

Disney Resort Hotels

Disney World Dining 2020 - Contemporary Resort Restaurants

Boulder Ridge Villas and Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Geyser Point Bar & Grill
  • Roaring Fork
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe

Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village

  • Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar
  • Kidani Breakfast at Sanaa
  • Maji Pool Bar
  • Sanaa
  • Sanaa Lounge

Disney's Beach Club Villas and Disney's Yacht Club Resort

  • Ale & Compass Restaurant
  • Ale & Compass Lounge
  • Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
  • The Market at Ale & Compass
  • Hurricane Hanna's Waterside Bar and Grill
  • Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
  • Martha’s Vineyard

Disney's BoardWalk Villas

  • AbracadaBar
  • BoardWalk Bakery
  • Leaping Horse Libations
  • Pizza Window
  • Trattoria al Forno (this excludes character dining, which is temporarily unavailable)

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Centertown Market
  • Banana Cabana

Disney's Contemporary Resort

  • California Grill
  • Chef Mickey's (this excludes character dining, which is temporarily unavailable)
  • Contempo Café
  • Cove Bar
  • The Wave… of American Flavors
  • The Wave Lounge

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

  • Crockett’s Tavern
  • Meadow Snack Bar
  • P&J's Southern Takeout

Disney's Old Key West Resort

  • Good's Food to Go
  • Gurgling Suitcase
  • Olivia’s Café

Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

  • Barefoot Pool Bar
  • Capt. Cook's
  • Chip 'n' Dale's Deli
  • Kona Cafe
  • Pineapple Lanai
  • Tambu Lounge

Disney's Pop Century Resort

  • Everything POP Shopping & Dining
  • Petals Pool Bar

Disney's Riviera Resort

  • Bar Riva
  • Le Petit Café
  • Primo Piatto
  • Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera (please note that the character dining experience will be modified)

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

  • The Artist’s Palette
  • Chip 'n' Dale's Cafe
  • On the Rocks Pool Bar
  • The Paddock Grill

The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

  • Beaches Pool Bar & Grill
  • Enchanted Rose
  • Grand Floridian Cafe
  • Gasparilla Island Grill

Theme Parks 

Disney World Dining 2020 - Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies Milkshake

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Aloha Isle (mobile ordering location)
  • Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Cinderella's Royal Table (opening Sept. 24, 2020; this excludes character dining, which will be temporarily unavailable)
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe (mobile ordering location)
  • Gaston's Tavern (opening Sept. 4, 2020)
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
  • Liberty Square Market
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • Main Street Bakery
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (mobile ordering location)
  • Pinocchio Village Haus (mobile ordering location)
  • The Plaza Restaurant
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Storybook Treats
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace
  • Tony's Town Square Restaurant

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Anandapur Ice Cream Truck
  • Creature Comforts
  • Dino-Bite Snacks
  • Flame Tree Barbecue (mobile ordering location)
  • Harambe Fruit Market
  • Isle of Java
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Mr. Kamal's
  • Nomad Lounge
  • Pongu Pongu
  • Rainforest Cafe at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Restaurantosaurus (mobile ordering location)
  • Satu'li Canteen (mobile ordering location)
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments
  • Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks
  • Tiffins Restaurant
  • Trilo-Bites
  • Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes
  • Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • 50's Prime Time Café
  • ABC Commissary (opening Oct. 8, 2020 for walk-in, quick-service lunch)
  • Anaheim Produce
  • Backlot Express (mobile ordering location)
  • BaseLine Tap House
  • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo (mobile ordering location)
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
  • Hollywood & Vine (opening Sept. 25, 2020; please note that the character dining experience will be modified)
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano
  • Milk Stand (mobile ordering location)
  • Oga's Cantina (please note that this experience will be modified)
  • Peevy’s Polar Pipeline
  • PizzeRizzo (mobile ordering location)
  • Ronto Roasters (mobile ordering location)
  • Rosie's All-American Café (mobile ordering location)
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
  • Sunshine Day Bar
  • The Trolley Car Café

EPCOT 

  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Choza de Margarita
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • Crepes des Chefs de France
  • Fife & Drum Tavern
  • Funnel Cake
  • Garden Grill Restaurant (please note that the character dining experience will be modified)
  • Gelati
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Joy of Tea
  • Kabuki Café
  • Katsura Grill
  • L'Artisan des Glaces
  • La Cantina de San Angel
  • La Cava de Tequila
  • La Hacienda de San Angel
  • The Land Cart
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
  • Les Vins des Chefs de France
  • Popcorn in Canada
  • Refreshment Outpost
  • Refreshment Port
  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue (mobile ordering location)
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room
  • Rose & Crown Pub
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante
  • Spice Road Table
  • Sunshine Seasons (mobile ordering location)
  • Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Global Marketplaces
  • Teppan Edo
  • Traveler’s Café
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante
  • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
  • UK Beer Cart
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Are you heading back to Disney World in 2020? What are you eating first?! Be sure to share with us in the comments below!

Related: Which Experiences and Attractions Will Be Available When Disney World Reopens? Here's a List!

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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