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Your Complete Guide to Dining at Disney World in 2020

by Mommy Frog on June 25, 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 have already begun reopening, and the theme parks will follow 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

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

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

What to Know About Dining at Disney World in 2020 - Mobile Order at Aloha Isle

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 eating or drinking.

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.

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 — be 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 is a great way to save time by ordering ahead at select quick-service spots. My Disney Experience also the best way to get the most up-to-date information about what's hoppening around the resort.

Walt Disney World Dining Reservations

What to Know About Dining at Disney World in 2020 - Enchanted Rose

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.

New Disney Dining Health and Safety Measures

What to Know About Dining at Disney World in 2020 - Floor Markers

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 World in 2020 - Topolino's Terrace Entrance to Topolino's

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 (when open), Disney Springs and select Disney Resort hotels.

Full List of Available Restaurants

Disney Springs 

Dining at Disney World in 2020 - T-Rex

  • 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  • AristoCrepes
  • Amorette's Patisserie
  • 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
  • Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC
  • Frontera Cocina
  • The Ganachery
  • Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
  • Goofy's Candy Company
  • House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
  • Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company
  • Joffrey's Handcrafted Smoothies Kiosk
  • Marketplace Snacks
  • Morimoto Asia
  • Paddlefish
  • Paradiso 37
  • Pizza Ponte
  • Planet Hollywood
  • The Polite Pig
  • Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
  • 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
  • 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

Dining at Disney World in 2020

  • The Wave… of American Flavors
  • The Wave Lounge
  • Contempo Café
  • Cove Bar
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe
  • Roaring Fork
  • Geyser Point Bar & Grill
  • Sanaa
  • Kidani Breakfast at Sanaa
  • Sanaa Lounge
  • Maji Pool Bar
  • Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
  • Beach Club Marketplace
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • Trattoria al Forno (this excludes character dining, which is temporarily unavailable)
  • Pizza Window
  • BoardWalk Bakery
  • Leaping Horse Libations
  • AbracadaBar
  • P&J's Southern Takeout
  • Meadow Snack Bar
  • Crockett’s Tavern
  • Olivia’s Café
  • Good's Food to Go
  • Gurgling Suitcase
  • Kona Cafe
  • Capt. Cook's
  • Pineapple Lanai
  • Barefoot Pool Bar
  • Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera (please note that the character dining experience will be modified)
  • Primo Piatto
  • Le Petit Café
  • The Artist’s Palette
  • The Paddock Grill
  • On the Rocks Pool Bar
  • Grand Floridian Cafe
  • Gasparilla Island Grill
  • Enchanted Rose
  • Beaches Pool Bar & Grill

Theme Parks 

What to Know about Dining at Disney World in 2020 - Regal Eagle Smokehouse

Magic Kingdom Park (July 11)

  • Aloha Isle
  • Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
  • 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
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • The Plaza Restaurant
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Storybook Treats
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace
  • Tony's Town Square Restaurant

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (July 11)

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

Disney’s Hollywood Studios (July 15)

  • 50's Prime Time Café
  • Anaheim Produce
  • Backlot Express
  • BaseLine Tap House
  • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano
  • Milk Stand
  • Oga's Cantina (please note that this experience will be modified)
  • Peevy’s Polar Pipeline
  • PizzeRizzo
  • Ronto Roasters
  • Rosie's All-American Café
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
  • Sunshine Day Bar
  • The Trolley Car Café

EPCOT (July 15)

  • 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
  • Popcorn in Canada
  • Refreshment Outpost
  • Refreshment Port
  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room
  • Rose & Crown Pub
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante
  • Spice Road Table
  • Sunshine Seasons
  • Tangierine Café
  • Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Global Marketplaces
  • Traveler’s Café
  • 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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