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  • On Sep 7, 2022
    Karen from CT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, Can we make restaurant reservations and are their fast passes available?

    Welcome to planDisney, Karen!

    Your Disneyland Resort adventure has finally arrived! Oh, boy! I bet there are fireworks of joy exploding in your heart right now. I recently came back from The Happiest Place on Earth and I had the best time. I can't wait to go back. Enjoy every moment. 

    Since your trip has arrived, you might find it difficult to make dining reservations. The restaurants that require reservations at the Disneyland Resort are very popular and often need to be booked far in advance. However, sometimes there are cancellations and you can get lucky. This has certainly happened to me before. To make a dining reservation, open up your Disneyland Mobile App, tap the search button (i.e. the magnifying glass icon) and type in the restaurant you'd like to eat at. Then tap "Reserve Dining," select your party size, choose your date, and select your preferred time. You'll either see available times or you'll receive the following message, "Sorry, there aren't any reservations available for [your desired time]. Please try a different date, time, or party size. Or choose another restaurant." Hopefully you'll find what you're looking for, Karen. 

    If not, there are plenty of fantastic quick-service restaurants to choose from. These do not require reservations. At Disneyland Park, my favorites are Bengal Barbecue, Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo, French Market Restaurant, and Hungry Bear Restaurant. At Disney California Adventure Park, my favorites are Flo's V8 Cafe, Paradise Garden Grill, and Pym Test Kitchen.

    Karen, the old FastPass+ system was replaced by Disney Genie+, which you can purchase on a day-to-day basis. By purchasing Disney Genie+ you upgrade your park ticket to include "phenomenal cosmic powers." These powers enable you to select Lightning Lane entrances at over 40 attractions throughout the theme parks. These entrances allow you to skip the regular standby lines and enjoy more attractions in your Disney day. On the day of your visit, once you scan into the theme park, you'll be able to make your first Lightning Lane selection. Once you enjoy that attraction, or two hours after making your selection (whatever comes sooner), you can then make another Lightning Lane selection. You can keep doing that throughout the day until there are no more Lightning Lane selections available. My family used Disney Genie+ on our last visit and we were able to experience so many attractions per day. It was awesome!

    I hope that's helpful, Karen. Have a fantastic time!

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I'm Mike, a Disney-loving "scouser." I have a wonderful wife and two young children who share my obsession for all things Disney. I've always been enchanted by the magic of Walt Disney World Resort - the charming music, captivating beauty, enthralling attractions, and breathtaking shows spark my imagination and fill me with a sense of awe. I'm perpetually planning my next Disney adventure! If you're interested in makin' memories at "The Most Magical Place on Earth" then you've got a friend in me.
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