• On Oct 13, 2021
    Melissa from PA 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 trying to book a dinner reservation at Biergarten for Tuesday, Dec. 14, but there are NO openings. It's not full - I spent over two hours on hold with Disney Dining. The Cast Member couldn't make any reservations either. Help?

    Guten tag Melissa, and welcome to planDisney!

    I'm sorry to hear about your difficulty making advanced dining reservations at Biergarten Restaurant. I have a couple of ideas for things you can try to secure a table here for your family. Let's give it a go!

    First, if you have a large party (and Biergarten Restaurant is somewhere I always recommend for big groups), try making two separate reservations within 15-30 minutes of each other. You'll need two My Disney Experience accounts to make this work, but sometimes you have more options with smaller parties. Last summer I visited with extended family, and instead of reserving tables of 9, we booked as two parties of 4 or 5 and had more success making reservations.

    Another tip I have for making advance dining reservations is to select a time rather than a meal period. Instead of choosing "Dinner" from the dropdown menu, pick, for example, 6:00, and the system will still search for openings within an hour or so on either side of that time. If you don't find anything during your initial search, check back every so often to see if availability changes. 

    Finally, if nothing works out, I recommend searching for reservations a day or two in advance, just ahead of the required cancelation window, and then again on the day you would like to dine. My panelist pals and I have used the Mobile Dine Walk-Up Waitlist feature in the past, and these days, it looks like Genie will assist with same-day dining reservations. 

    I hope that all of your Walt Disney World dining dreams come true, Melissa! I can't wait for you to experience the excitement of the 50th-anniversary celebration. While in EPCOT, don't miss the dazzling nighttime spectacular, Harmonious, and the charming, new attraction, Remy's Ratatouille Adventure. Thanks for stopping by planDisney, and we'll see ya real soon!

    Auf wiedersehen,
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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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