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  • On Mar 6, 2022
    Connie from AZ 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 tickets for character breakfast and it only give me May 6 as an option. Does this mean May 1 or May 2 are booked already ?

    Hi there, Connie!

    Welcome to planDisney! I'm glad you found us here to help answer any of your Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions. We're also happy to throw in some tips and tricks to help find ways for you to maximize the smiles during your Disneyland vacation!

    Character dining is one of the most popular, high-demand activities at the Disneyland Resort. Guests of all ages love dancing along with Goofy at Goofy's Kitchen or dining with their royal highnesses at the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventure at Napa Rose. Due to its popularity, finding reservations available at character dining locations can be a bit tricky. Advance dining reservations can be made up to 60 days ahead of your dining date. Since you are already within that window, you are likely seeing that there are no reservations left during the dates you mentioned. However, that doesn't have to be the end of your story!

    Though it is a little more labor-intensive, I do have a strategy that can help find reservations closer to your stay. Using the Disneyland Mobile App, you can keep checking back daily to see if new reservations have opened up. Guests do tend to change their plans on the fly, so when one Guest cancels a dining reservation, it becomes available for others to book. I find the most success using this strategy within a few days of my trip, but often have found the most availability just the day before I'd like to dine. If you can stay flexible in your planning, you may just hit the character dining jackpot!

    Connie, you may also consider utilizing the Mobile Dine Walk-Up List to enjoy a character meal. Both Goofy's Kitchen and Storytellers Cafe have the Walk-Up List Option. Here's how it works. On the day you'd like to dine at either of these locations, open the Disneyland Mobile App and use the search feature (magnifying glass on the bottom menu bar) to find the restaurant you'd like to visit. When you get to that restaurant's page, you'll see an option for "Join Walk-Up List." Though you cannot join the list until you're closer to the restaurant, checking the app first will allow you to ensure that there is availability at the time you're looking. Once you're near the restaurant, you will click that "Join Walk-Up List" button and be given an approximate wait time. Once your table is ready, you'll receive a notification and you'll be on your way to a magical meal! For the character dining locations that do not have a Walk-Up List option, you can always get there just before they open and ask the Cast Member at the podium if they may be able to accommodate your party.

    I hope this helps you find a way to score a table with all of your favorite characters, Connie! Have a great stay at the Happiest Place on Earth!

    May all your dining dreams come true,

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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