Character Dining at Riveria
  • On Jan 29, 2021
    Kendrick from KY Asked

    Hi! What is the best way to get a reservation for Chef Mickey's? I am not showing any open times, even for 60 days out. What time to reservations release each day or do I need a Disney travel guide to book it? Thanks!

    Hey there, Kendrick. Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. I see that you are vacationing at Walt Disney World in March. It's one of the best months to visit, in my opinion. Usually, the weather is just perfect! 

    I know how frustrating it can be to have your heart set on a particular Disney dining location and not be able to make advanced dining reservations. But don't worry, I do think some reservations will open up between now and your vacation. Chef Mickey's is a very popular dining location right now because it is one of the few character meals currently available. Also, the restaurant is only taking reservations until noon which does limit the number of reservations per day. Each morning, dining reservations become available for bookings at 7:00 a.m. I'd recommend checking each morning (or as much as possible) for reservation availability. You can check for a reservation time online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.  Also, if you can be flexible about when you are wanting to dine there, trying for different times and days, you'll have a better chance at landing a spot. In my experience, the closer it gets to vacation time, the more it seems like reservations open up. People will often cancel their vacations or itineraries often change and people will let go of some of their dining reservations so as not to get charged a no-show fee. I've had the best luck about a week out from my vacation booking a popular Disney dining reservation. 

    If nothing at Chef Mickey's becomes available, there are a few other character meals to choose from that you may want to consider. Right now Garden Grill Restaurant, Hollywood & Vine, Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera, and, of course, Chef Mickey's are all open for dining reservations. All of those restaurants are great but I do really enjoy Garden Grill Restaurant and feel like it's kind of a hidden gem. You may have some great luck landing a reservation there. Character dining does look a bit different right now but it's still so much fun. Characters are currently not visiting each individual table, instead, they are roaming the room dancing, smiling, waving and posing for pictures from afar. I've recently dined at Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera and it was magical. I am so thrilled that dining with some of our favorite friends is back at Walt Disney World. I even got some of the best (physically distanced) selfies I've ever taken with my girl, Minnie Mouse. 

    Kendrick, my best advice is really to just keep trying. I've had great luck over the years with reservations opening up and I think you will too. If you have any other questions before your trip, I'd love for you to come back and ask. Happy planning! 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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