Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jul 28, 2014
    Jill from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Heading back for our 3rd visit to WDW and many table service restaurants are out of reserved seating already. Do any of the restaurants (mainly in Hollywood Studios) have walk up/waiting seating? We are specifically hoping to get into the Sci-Fi Diner.

    Hi Jill:

    In the vast majority of cases, it's possible to walk up to a Disney Restaurant and wait.  You may be asked to wait for a while, so be prepared.  If you have older or younger members in your traveling party who may be used to eating at certain times, you may want to have a back up plan (such as being prepared to eat at a quick service location if there is a wait that is too lengthy for you).  In a handful of cases, I've seen the front desk at a restaurant tell Guests that they will absolutely not have room that evening and they are not accepting walk ups.  So also be prepared to dine elsewhere if you take the chance on a walk up.  It will depend on crowd levels and cancelations that evening. 

    Your best bet for a walk up would be to head to the restaurant early to get your name down. I would also call Disney Dining every day to check on last-minute cancelations.  I don't know the size of your party or the time of year you are traveling, but my gut tells me that you may have good luck at Sci-Fi Diner, especially if you can be flexible with your dining time (like eating on the early or late side).

    Enjoy your vacation and good luck.

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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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