• On Apr 5, 2021
    Lori 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.

    Good afternoon. I know that you can make Disney Dining reservations 60 days out. What time if I am in California does the window open?

    I’m a California native who also lived in Arizona for twelve years, Lori, so I know that it takes a dedicated Disney enthusiast to wake up at zero dark thirty to make those dining reservations. I stand with you and admire your dedication.

    Most restaurants will become available for online booking at 6:00 A.M. Eastern Time, so, 3:00 A.M. Pacific Time. If I were you, though, I’d start trying at 2:45 A.M. because some restaurants do open availability a bit early. If you’d rather call the reservation line, that opens at 7:00 A.M. Eastern Time, so 4:00 A.M. in the Pacific Time zone. If you ask me (and you sort of did!), I’d recommend booking online if you can because that gives you a bit of a jumpstart on the folks who prefer to call in.

    Also, organize your dining wish list and attempt to secure a reservation for the most popular restaurants first. This includes locations like Be Our Guest Restaurant and any character meals. 

    My last piece of advice is that you should keep trying if at first you don’t succeed. I have scored many hard-to-get restaurant reservations by continuously checking for availability and lucking into another Guest’s cancellation. 

    I wish you happy dining and great success with those reservations, Lori!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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