California Grill
  • On Feb 8, 2022
    Tanya from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can dinner reservations be made before I have my park linked to me app?

    Hello Tanya,

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney! Making dining reservations is one of my favorite parts of planning a Walt Disney World vacation. There are so many delicious options and unique experiences in the parks, in Disney Springs, and in Disney Resort Hotels. From elegant rooftop dining with fireworks at California Grill to an outdoor Oktoberfest celebration at Biergarten Restaurant in EPCOT, there is a restaurant that is sure to be your favorite.

    You can make dining reservations without being linked to the My Disney Experience app on your mobile device. Simply log into your account on the website. If you are asking if you need park reservations before you make dining reservations, the answer is no. In fact, I often figure out when I'll visit each park based on where I'll be dining. 

    You probably know that reservations can be made 60 days in advance, but did you know that if you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, you can make reservations for your entire trip (or 10 days of it) 60 days prior to your hotel check-in day. Because of this, you'll probably have the best luck snagging some of the harder to get reservations towards the end of your vacation. 

    If you don't end up getting the reservations that you were hoping for, there are a lot of great restaurants that fly under the radar, so don't be afraid to try something you may not have heard a ton about.  Our family tends to miss the 60 day booking window due to last minute planning, so we don't always get our initial choices and end up making reservations at places that are new to us. We had a really fun and delicious meal at Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen recently and we also tried La Hacienda de San Angel, which was not only delicious but provided a nice view of Harmonious

    Hope this helps. Have a magical vacation!

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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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