• On Nov 2, 2021
    Heather from NM 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 restaurant reservations from 12/24-1/1. It's telling me there's nothing available on those dates in any parks. Is that right or am I doing something wrong?

    Hi Heather,

    Welcome to planDisney! I am thrilled to see you trying to make advanced dining reservations.

    Looking at your trip dates, I have to say that is an extremely busy time of year. We are traveling during that time and made our dining reservations a few weeks ago. Having said that, there are usually some dining reservations available. Try searching through the entire advanced dining reservation list. And search by meal period (i.e. lunch) rather than a specific time.

    Consider dining locations that are not in the parks. For example, we love to dine at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and they are easily accessible from Magic Kingdom. When going to EPCOT, also consider dining at Ale & Compass Restaurant, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, or Trattoria al Forno, all located in Disney's BoardWalk area.

    Heather, I also had some trouble using the My Disney Experience Mobile App to make dining reservations, so switch to a laptop if you have trouble with the mobile app. If you still have trouble making reservations, stay persistent. Cancelations do happen. And do not forget to check dining locations in Disney Springs. Also consider using a Disney dining reservation finder tool online. We had some success with those in the past! I just sent up a few extra wishes on The Evening Star for you!

    Magic and memories,
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