• On Sep 27, 2021
    Jarom from ID Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do dining reservations really run out within a few minutes of 'reservation rope drop? I am planning to go early next year and have tried to establish a good time to make reservations, yet every restaurant is always full the moment reservation drops.

    Hey There, Hi There, Ho There, Jarom!

    Welcome to planDisney! We are THRILLED you stopped by, and we are honored to answer your question and help you plan your trip to the Disneyland Resort! We know you are going to have the most MAGICAL time ever! OH, and thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your PLANNING TEAM!

    This is a GREAT question; however, I really don't have a clear answer for you. From my experience and from my research, I would begin checking for Disneyland Dining Reservations online between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. (PST). If, for some reason, reservations are not available to Guests at that time, my recommendation would be to check back periodically throughout the day. I have talked with friends who tried to make reservations early in the morning, but because of their persistence, were able to find open reservations later that evening. 

    My biggest encouragement to you is to NOT give up in making a reservation! Start checking online reservations with more frequency a week before your scheduled trip. As you know, schedules can change, and Guests will cancel their reservations in order to avoid paying the no-show penalty. Since the reservation system is dynamic, meaning reservations come open in real-time, this is when you can swoop in and grab a reservation! If you did not know, many restaurants will take same-day reservations, if they are available. My recommendation would be to go directly to the restaurant and check reservation availability as soon as the restaurant opens. 

    I am wishing upon a star you are able to make your Disneyland Dining Reservations! If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

    Have a MAGICAL day!

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