Infant and toddler with Chef Mickey
  • On Apr 16, 2022
    Alexandra 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.

    Are there any resort character dining experiences that dont require a reservation? We don’t mind waiting on a wait list I just need to know if that’s possible.

    Hey there, Alexandra! Welcome, and thank you for your question.

    It can feel like everything you want to do at Walt Disney World has to be planned out way in advance. As much as I enjoy the planning process and making dining reservations, I get backlash from my own family, who wants to know how they can decide weeks in advance if they'll feel like Chef Mickey's or Chefs de France

    What I can say is that none of the character dining experiences actually require a dining reservation. However, because most of these are such popular meals, guests tend to make reservations in advance, effectively booking all available tables ahead of time.

    All is not lost for a last-minute table, though Alexandra. You are welcome to check into any restaurant to see if they can seat you. Some may tell you they are booked for the day, others may actually have space - if not at the time you are checking in, for a time later on in the day. While it's not the easiest thing to do, to take a family to a restaurant and hope a table is available, if you can be flexible, it doesn't hurt to try.

    Another thing you can do is right in your My Disney Experience app. If you click the plus sign at the bottom of the screen, the first button that comes up in the list is Check Dining Availability. Enter party size and the date, and when Search By Time comes up, you can click "Now." It will bring up restaurants nearby that have tables available.

    Good luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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