• On Jul 7, 2022
    Rhea from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When does Disney release cancelled restaurant reservations?

    Greetings, Rhea!

    Welcome to planDisney! It looks as if your trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth is coming up in just a few days. I am sure that everyone in your travel party is getting excited! I imagine you are busy finalizing all of the magical details and counting down the days. Let's talk about securing last-minute dining reservations, so you can get back to planning the best day ever!

    My personal experience has been that canceled Walt Disney World Resort dining reservations are released in real-time. There has been more than one occasion that my plans have changed and I have either canceled a reservation or changed my dining location. When I returned to My Disney Experience to reserve a different spot, I noticed the previous reservation I canceled was already listed. So if there is a dining reservation at the top of your to-do list that you haven't secured just yet, my advice is to check back often. You may be pleasantly surprised at what locations you may find available. I have personally secured some hard-to-get locations last minute, as plans change often, and Guests may find they would prefer pool time over a long lunch. The 24-hour mark is when reservations should be canceled without penalty, so the day before is an excellent time to check back!

    I also want to mention a great dining option, Mobile Dine Walk-up Availability. This is an incredible way to secure a dining reservation without having to plan your days out far in advance. You can check restaurant availability in the My Disney Experience app on the day of your theme park visit. You can view participating locations in the app or by scanning the QR code in the lobby of the restaurant. If you would like to see what is available in real-time on the day of your visit, tap the + icon at the bottom of the screen. Click on Check Dining Availability, and enter your party size. Then select the date on the calendar (it must be same day for this option to work). A Search by Time option will appear, and when you select Now you will see all current walk-up lists available. This is a great way to secure dining reservations on the go at your convenience and can add a lot of flexibility to your day!

    I hope that your upcoming adventure is memorable and magical!
    We'll see ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Tammy, Illinois

Hey Everyone! I'm Tammy. My Ohana and I live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. I am a preschool teacher and I also coordinate events for youth and families. I have been visiting Walt Disney World Resort since I was a teenager. I'm always looking for a new adventure to explore or an amazing snack to try. I love to share my tips and experiences because I want to help make all trips as memorable and magic as my travels have been.  Learn More About Tammy

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