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  • On Jul 11, 2023
    Laura from Tyne and Wear Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, we're arriving on 20 December 2023 and staying in a Disney resort, when do dining reservations open and what are the most popular restaurants to pre-book? Thanks!

    Hi, Laura!  Welcome to planDisney!

    In my opinion, one of the best parts of planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation is deciding where I want to dine during my visit.  There are so many delicious restaurants throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks, resort hotels, and Disney Springs that it's sometimes difficult to narrow down our choices.  Between casual eateries, upscale signature dining, restaurants with imaginative theming, and character meals, there really is something to appeal to every Guest!

    Walt Disney World Resort's dining reservations open 60 days in advance.  As a Guest staying at a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel, you will be able to make your dining reservations for your entire stay (up to 10 days) 60 days before your resort hotel check-in date.  If I'm trying for any hard-to-find dining reservations, I like to plan those toward the end of my stay to get a bit of a head start on booking my reservations.

    You're going to want to make reservations for any table service restaurants that you're planning to visit, and I recommend making them 60 days before your arrival.  At times, you might be able to find same-day restaurant availability using the mobile walk-up list feature in your My Disney Experience mobile app.  However, especially during the busy holiday season, it's always best to make an advanced dining reservation if possible.

    Character dining experiences are very popular and tend to book quickly.  Some of the most popular character dining experiences are Cinderella's Royal Table and Breakfast à la Art with Mickey & Friends at Topolino's TerraceSpace 220 Restaurant is one of the newest dining establishments at Walt Disney World Resort, and its out-of-this-world theming makes it a very popular choice as well.  If you're looking for fine dining with a spectacular view, California Grill is another favorite option among Guests. 

    Laura, I hope this information is helpful as you start to plan your Walt Disney World Resort dining reservations.  If you'd like more advice on selecting restaurants or any other aspect of your vacation, please don't hesitate to ask.

    Have a magical day!
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Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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