• On Jan 17, 2022
    Karen from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We (7)arrive next Sunday!!! Having a terrible time reserving tables for dinners. Is there the possibility that day of tables open up? Can you just go to the restaurant you hope for and ask when you arriving at the park?

    Welcome back, Karen! Your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is coming up quickly! I know I am looking forward to getting away from all this cold and snow on my trip in a few weeks, how about you?

    Advance dining reservations for table service dining locations are available up to 60 days in advance, and many Guests are sure to book their preferred locations right at that 60-day mark. That being said, other Guests' plans change all the time, so it is definitely possible you could see reservations become available in the days leading up to your trip. If there is a particular restaurant you have your heart set on, keep checking! The My Disney Experience mobile app will be your friend.  You can check for available tables, even on the day of your visit. The app also has a walk-up waitlist available for many locations.

    If you can't nab that coveted dinner reservation, I have some other ideas for you. Try looking for a lunch or late breakfast reservation instead of dinner. Consider dining locations outside the theme parks at nearby Disney Resorts Collection hotels. I actually prefer getting out of the hustle and bustle of the theme parks for a bit to enjoy a relaxing meal. Some great choices that are all a short boat, bus, monorail, or stroll away from a theme park are Grand Floridian Cafe, Steakhouse 71, Ale & Compass Restaurant, Boma - Flavors of Africa, Sanaa, and many others.

    Don't overlook quick-service dining locations. There are some really great options! Some of my favorites are Woody's Lunch Box and Docking Bay 7 at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Satu'li Canteen and Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Sleepy Hollow and Columbia Harbour House at Magic Kingdom Park, and Regal Eagle Smokehouse and Yorkshire County Fish Shop at EPCOT. All of these locations offer Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering, which is so convenient! My family browses menus and builds our order while waiting in line for an attraction, and then we just hit the "I'm here, prepare my order" button when we are ready to eat.

    Since your visit coincides with the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, you'll be able to enjoy the delectable dishes offered at the outdoor food studios, no reservations required! And how about all the special 50th Anniversary treats during The World's Most Magical Celebration? On my upcoming trip next month, I intentionally did not make any dining reservations, as I plan to nosh my way around the 'World!

    I hope that helps! Karen, if you'd like any additional dining tips or suggestions, please come visit us again at planDisney real soon. Have a wonderful trip!

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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