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  • On Dec 31, 2021
    Shanon from CA Asked

    I have a party of 7 people for February 26 and am having trouble booking a dining reservation through the website

    Hi Shanon!

    Welcome to planDisney! I'm so glad that you found us hEAR, and thank you for sending us this great question about Dining at Disneyland Resort! One of my favorite things about Disney's Theme Parks is that lately they've been stepping up their foodie game to include all kinds of flavors and combinations, tackling top trends, and also making everything look perfect for the 'gram. I like to say that Disneyland Resort is also now an Eat Park, too!

    I am so sorry that you're having a bit of trouble trying to reserve dining reservations, Shanon. There could be a few things happening here, but since you're well within the 60-day booking window, I think where you're running into the most obstacles is your party size. Disney is still encouraging social distancing and one of the current implementations is by limiting how many can be included in a dining reservation party. The current limit is six, so any group larger than that yields zero results. However, there is a work around which is breaking your crew up into smaller clusters and searching for two reservations around the same time. The two caveats here are that two people in your party will each need to book one table as one guest cannot hold two reservations concurrently. The second is that your two tables might not be directly next to each other. You can certainly ask when you check-in, and even offer to wait until two tables near each other open up, but it's not a guarantee.

    The good thing about your group, Shanon, is that you have a few different ways that you could search for tables and times: by rounding your party up to a group of 8 you could search for two openings of four, or a table for six and another for 2, etc. You could stick to searching for 7, but I promise you that by booking for 8 and showing up with less you will not be charged a no-show fee for that empty chair. (However, on the flip side, if you're only able to find one spot for six at a desired location or time, you cannot book it and show up with 7 for fire code reasons; at Disney you can always over book and under show but you cannot add a chair last-minute.) And if you're still having issues finding great dining, don't forget about Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering!

    I hope that this helped to clEAR this mystery up, Shanon, and if you have any more Disneyland Resort planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen N.
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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