• On Jan 17, 2017
    Issaku from KS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is it difficult to get lunch at a non-table service restaurant, like Via Napoli for pizza, without a reservation? Is a reservation necessary?

    Hi Issaku!

    I absolutely love dining at Walt Disney World! There are so many wonderful places to eat throughout the parks, resorts and Disney Springs. Snagging a table at any of the table service restaurants is difficult, even during lunch times. Via Napoli is a great restaurant and their pizza is amazing. It is considered a "Table Service" restaurant, which means you can make an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) on the Walt Disney World website 180 days in advance or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. 

    From my experience, getting a table at a restaurant in Disney without a reservation is near impossible. I've only been successful in doing this at lesser known restaurants in the resorts, such as Captain's Grille. You may be more likely to be able to get a seat without a reservation during an "off-time" such as 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. 

    The Quick Service restaurants do not require an ADR and many of them have great food! For great pizza that doesn't require an ADR, I suggest Blaze in Disney Springs. Flame Tree Barbecue at Animal Kingdom is delicious, as is La Cantina de San Angel at Epcot.

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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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