Family dining
  • On Apr 13, 2022
    Chuck from FL 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 have booked a disney vacation from June 1-4 2022. I am trying to book a dining reservation at any restaurant on the 3 days we are at the parks and all of them are saying no availability. Where are we supposed to eat while in the park?

    Hello Chuck,

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. The great news is that your Walt Disney World vacation will be here before you know it, so let's see if we can get some of those dining plans sorted out so that you can focus on making some magical memories!

    I know it can be frustrating to try restaurant after restaurant with no luck at finding an open reservation. From experience I can tell you that a lot of people book reservations right at the 60 day window and end up canceling them as their plans change. So keep checking. On more than one occasion I have begun my Walt Disney World vacation with no reservations and ended up being able to either secure same day reservations or be added to a walk up list for Tusker House Restaurant, Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen, The Hollywood Brown Derby, and so much more.

    In the meantime, using My Disney Experience app on a mobile device is helpful for being able to see ALL restaurants that have availability for a given date and time. I don't know how large your party is, but I was able to find several restaurants with tables for a party of 4 on June 1. If you haven't tried this, maybe it will help you.

    In the My Disney Experience app, click the plus sign in the bottom center of the screen. Select Check Dining Availability. Enter your party size, including children under 3, so that you'll be seated at a table with enough space for your entire party. Select the date you want to dine; you can swipe left to scroll through different months. Choose a time or meal timeframe. Selecting a meal will give you more options, but if you are specifically looking to have breakfast at 7:00 AM, you can choose that as well. You'll be shown a listing of all the restaurants throughout Walt Disney World that have tables open for your chosen meal or time, and you can make reservations right from the app. Remember that to dine at a restaurant inside a theme park, you'll need to have a park reservation and park ticket for the day of your reservation.

    If this doesn't help, and you have no luck getting a reservation to the table service restaurants of your choice, you won't go hungry. There are some delicious counter service restaurants. Satu'li Canteen in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Sunshine Seasons or Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in EPCOT, and even ABC Commissary in Disney's Hollywood Studios are solid choices. 

    You can also mobile order from some fantastic table service restaurants like Steakhouse 71. I know it's not the same as relaxing and being waited on inside the restaurant, but you could walk over to Disney's Contemporary Resort from Magic Kingdom pretty easily to pick up an order from this delicious restaurant. 

    Hope this helps. I have my fingers crossed that you'll get an extra sprinkling of pixie dust and be able to find some delicious dining options for your party.

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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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