• On Nov 2, 2021
    Lara from CO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I’m seeing mixed answers on advanced dining reservations for the Swan hotel. We are staying there next March 18-23. My 50th birthday is the 22nd and I can’t wait to go to the magic kingdom that day! When can I make dining reservations for our stay?

    Hi there Lara, and welcome back to planDisney! 

    Wow! Your big birthday comes at the perfect time! You'll be celebrating 50 magical years along with Walt Disney World. You're going to love the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. My family and I have stayed here several times. As teachers, my husband and I love to take advantage of special rates sometimes available to educators, and you can't beat the location, just steps away from EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios

    Currently, all Guests can make advance dining reservations starting around 7 AM EST 60 days before their desired dining date. Guests staying at a hotel in the Disney Resorts Collection may make dining reservations up to 60 days in advance plus the length of their stay (up to 10 days). Because the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel is not included in this, you'll need to make dining reservations one day at a time, 60 days in advance of each day. For March 18, you can go online the morning of January 17 to make reservations. With a little flexibility on time and restaurant choices, you shouldn't have a problem finding somewhere delicious to enjoy every day of your vacation.

    Since you're celebrating such a momentous occasion, I'll share a few of my favorite places to sit down for a special meal. On your birthday, consider taking the monorail over to Disney's Contemporary Resort for dinner with a view at California Grill. This restaurant is offering a limited-time menu just for the 50th-anniversary celebration! In the Magic Kingdom Park, I also like Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen and Be Our Guest Restaurant

    If you're a fan of sushi, don't miss Kimonos at your hotel. My family and I always make our way over here when we're in the EPCOT resort area for the fantastic food and entertaining karaoke. Also located in the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Il Mulino New York Trattoria serves upscale Italian food in a sleek setting. Nearby, Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera features some of the best panoramic views in Walt Disney World. Take the Disney Skyliner here for an unforgettable meal atop this gorgeous resort. I still think about the duck confit gnocchi appetizer and rigatoni entree I enjoyed here recently. They were SO delicious!

    I hope this is helpful, Lara. Best wishes for an incredible birthday celebration, and if there's anything else we can do before your adventure begins, don't hesitate to reach out again.

    Have a magical day!
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Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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