• On Jul 18, 2021
    Theresa from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello Disney Helpers, We will be going back to WDW in a couple of weeks. We were not able to get some of the dining reservations we wanted. How close to the restaurants do we need to be to get on the "Walk up list"? Thank you for the help.

    Hello, Theresa, and welcome to planDisney! I recently had a similar experience with trying to book my own dining reservations. I was able to secure a couple of reservations within a few days of my Walt Disney World arrival, so be sure to keep checking! You never know what might just happen to pop up for you. 

    When I was actually on the WDW property, I found that I could check dining availability on my MyDisneyExperience app quite easily. I was able to put in for a Walk-Up list reservation at Olivia’s Café one morning while we were checking in and getting our luggage situated for the day at Disney’s Old Key West Resort.
    If you haven’t ever tried Olivia’s Café for breakfast, I would highly recommend it! Delicious and affordable, the Olivia’s breakfast is definitely my favorite. 

    When in any of the theme parks, you can open up your MyDisneyExperience app, and click on the plus sign in the bottom middle of the screen. Then, select “Check Dining Availability”, and enter your party size, today’s date, and click “now” under “Search by Time”. This will show you the list of available Walk-Up lists. I had good luck getting into Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen for lunch, with only about a 40 minute wait. (I had never been and it was DELICIOUS!) My friends and I were in Tomorrowland, so we rode the PeopleMover while we waited, and when we got off, I had an alert on my phone that our table was ready. 

    I hope this helps ease your mind a bit. None of us went hungry on our trip, that is for sure! I used the Mobile Ordering on the MyDisneyExperience app SO much! It is a game-changer! You can even preorder your lunch hours in advance if you know what you will want to eat and what time. 

    It will be hot on your August trip, so be sure to stay hydrated with extra cups of ice water when picking up your mobile orders. Plus, be sure to take frequent air-conditioning breaks! One of my favorite breaks is in the Carousel of Progress. It’s nice and cool, plus the story is fun!

    Happy Traveling,
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GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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