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  • On May 18, 2023
    Michelle 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.

    hello, I have looked at previous questions and answers regarding the preferred dining reservations for disney resort guests. However, the answers seem vague. Is there a way to access these preferred reservations for resort guests? if so, how? thanks

    Hi Michelle! Thanks for dropping by planDisney.

    According to Guest Services, Guests of Disneyland Resort Hotels have preferred access to a limited number of reservations set aside at certain Disneyland Resort table service dining locations, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To access these reservations, you must have your hotel stay linked to your Disneyland account. According to the terms, these reservations are only open to book upon arrival and for the length of the Guest's stay.

    They sound extremely limited to me, so I don't think I'd count on securing my preferred dining this way. We love to eat and where we eat matters to us on vacation, so I understand wanting to plan out your dining experiences. I have must-do dining locations, such as Napa Rose at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Carthay Circle Restaurant on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park, and when we have a trip coming up, I set an alarm for 60 days in advance of my trip, which is when dining reservations typically open. Being flexible with preferred dining time helps, but certain restaurants do fill up fast, so I wake up early and keep checking until the reservations open.

    However, when you arrive, if you have a dining experience you haven't managed to secure, sometimes checking 24 hours out will result in success since people's plans change and cancelations happen. Also, you can check at the podium for openings. There's no guarantee, but people do report having success this way too.

    Be sure to check out the official Disney Eats blog as your visit approaches to see what delicious seasonal offerings will be available in time for the holidays. I'm sure there will be more than a few can't-miss flavors!

    Have a magical day.

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Meet the Panelist: Elizabeth, Missouri

Hello from St. Louis! I'm Elizabeth, a professor, wife, and mother to two little boys. We love to travel as a family, and Disneyland Resort is the place where we laugh more and make the happiest memories. We've done everything from solo to big multi-generational trips, and I've got the tips and tricks for traveling with little ones to help ensure your experience is truly magical. Learn More About Elizabeth

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