Character Dining with Donald Duck
  • On Nov 17, 2022
    Michelle from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are reservations required for all Character dining?

    Hiya, Michelle!

    Welcome to planDisney, friend! Character dining at Walt Disney World Resort is a fabulous way to meet some of your favorite pals and enjoy a great meal. This is one of my favorite ways to save time during our family adventures. You have the chance to take a break, get off your feet, and have an absolute blast. Currently, table service locations do require a dining reservation. Character dining is an incredibly popular experience, and you can make your reservations up to 60 days in advance. Now if you find you are getting ready to arrive at The Most Magical Place on Earth without a reservation to dine with your favorite princess or pal, there are some options that may help you get that autograph! 

    My first recommendation is to keep checking back for your desired reservation. Travel plans change often, and you may be surprised at what opens up before you arrive. There are also a few character spots that have a Mobile Dine Walk-Up Availability. While these spots are not a guarantee this is a great option when trying to get on a walk-up list for a last-minute table. You can scan the QR code at the location or request to join the waitlist through the My Disney Experience app. When using the app select Check Dining Availability on the date you wish to secure a spot. Enter the number of Guests, select the current day, and click the Now option. This will show you any walk-up availability. The spots are filled quickly, so I recommend joining the waitlist as soon as it opens. (Typically the restaurant opening time.) Character dining locations that offer this option are:
    • Topolino's Terrace- Flavors of the Riviera 
    • Chef Mickey's
    • 'Ohana
    • Tusker House Restaurant 
    • The Crystal Palace
    • Cinderella's Royal Table
    • Hollywood & Vine
    • Garden Grill Restaurant  
    I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that these tips help you secure a spot with your favorite pals. Don't forget to bring your autograph book!

    We'll see ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Tammy, Illinois

Hey Everyone! I'm Tammy. My Ohana and I live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. I am a preschool teacher and I also coordinate events for youth and families. I have been visiting Walt Disney World Resort since I was a teenager. I'm always looking for a new adventure to explore or an amazing snack to try. I love to share my tips and experiences because I want to help make all trips as memorable and magic as my travels have been.  Learn More About Tammy

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