Family dining outside
  • On Oct 25, 2021
    Brian from FL Asked

    I've checked all restaurants for magic Kingdom and they are all booked . How do we feed our family?

    Hey there, Brian!

    I know the feeling of not being able to secure an advanced dining reservation. It can be so stressful. But do not worry, you have come to the right place to help. 

    Brian, dining reservations are only required for sit-down meals. Because there are not very many sit-down dining locations inside of the Magic Kingdom, I am not surprised that you have encountered an issue securing a reservation

    First, you should know that you do not need a dining reservation just to eat inside the parks. There are plenty of quick-service restaurants available. My go-to is always Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. I absolutely love the chicken bowl. While quick-service locations are generally walk-up counter-service, you will want to mobile order your food ahead of time on the My Disney Experience Mobile App. This will ensure that you have little to no wait once you arrive at the restaurant. I take the kids to find a seat while my husband grabs our meal. You can mobile order on the same day that you are visiting, but I recommend you do so about an hour before you wish to dine so that you secure the time you want. 

    Brian, if you are only visiting the parks for one day, I recommend that you do not try to book a table-service meal. While amazing, these meals can take a big chunk of time out of your day, and I wouldn't want you to miss out!

    If you have your heart set on a sit-down meal, you can always keep checking. Many reservations open up the week before or even the night before, as people change their plans. 

    You can also book a dining reservation at a nearby resort hotel! If you are looking for a character meal, Chef Mickey's is located just steps away from the Magic Kingdom, while 'Ohana and Kona at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort may not have any friends in attendance but offer a fantastic island vibe. 

    I hope that this puts your mind at ease, Brian. 

    See you real soon!

    Sarah B.  
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Georgia

Hi There! I’m Sarah from Atlanta, GA. Together, my Disney-loving husband and I have two amazing kids and love nothing more than running away to the Walt Disney World Resort every chance that we get. When we are not wandering around the resorts, we love to indulge our sweet tooth with all the snacks we can find. I am passionate about making sure the magic reaches kids of all ages, from the smallest to the biggest, because we are all kids at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Sarah

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