California Grill
  • On Nov 17, 2022
    Theresa from FL 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 am not a tourist but a local resident to WDW and former annual pass holder. It's been since the closing of WDW, reopening etc etc I cannot make occasional dining reservations. Any help would be appreciated. Also I have enjoyed the dining since 1985.

    Hey there, Theresa. Welcome to planDisney

    It's got to be so magical being a local resident of Walt Disney World. Having Mickey Mouse as a neighbor has surely provided you with memories that will last a lifetime.

    I'm sorry to know that you've struggled to make dining reservations as of late. I know many of us have experienced the same issues. I think Walt Disney World is such a popular vacation destination right now that dining reservations are getting swooped up right when they become available. 

    You can now make advanced dining reservations 60 days in advance. The reservation system opens up online starting at 6:00 a.m. and phone lines open up right around 7:00 a.m. I think you can find the most available online right at the 6:00 a.m. mark, however, I personally like to call and speak with a Cast Member if I am making a reservation closer to the date I'd like to dine. To speak with a Cast Member about dining reservations you can call 407-WDW-DINE. 

    Recently, when I haven't been able to snag a dining reservation that I've wanted, I've also had good luck with just walking up and waiting for a table. We stayed at Disney's Yacht Club just last week and my family and I were hoping to dine at Cape May Cafe. There weren't any reservations online, however, we arrived when the restaurant opened and they were able to fit us right in. So that might be a great option for you to try as well since you are local. 

    There are also many great dining locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort that don't require advanced dining reservations. All of the lounges are on a first-come, first-serve basis. My favorite lounges are the Tambu Lounge at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, The bar/lounge area at Disney's California Grill, Crew's Cup Lounge at Disney's Yacht Club and I also really enjoy Geyser Point Bar & Grill at Disney's Wilderness Resort. 

    I hope this helps, Theresa. If you have any other questions, please feel free to stop back by and ask me

    Jackie H. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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