Infant and toddler with Chef Mickey
  • On Jul 22, 2022
    Lauren from NY 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 set my alarm for 5:45am this morning (Fri Jul 22) to be online & make reservations at Chef Mickeys for Sep 20 at 5pm at 6am I pressed enter & it said the ONLY availability was at 9:15pm! How is this possible? We're not on the Disney property

    Hi there, Lauren.

    I’m so glad you traveled on a magic carpet ride through Agrabah and landed here at planDisney! Pretty soon you’ll be on your way to a whole new world of magic and wonder at Walt Disney World Resort. I bet you can’t wait!

    I’m sorry to hear you weren’t able to secure a dining reservation at Chef Mickey’s. It is one of the most popular Character Dining experiences at Walt Disney World Resort, so reservations there can be scarce. I’ve been in your shoes many times before and have felt the same disappointment I imagine you are feeling right now. Don’t give up hope quite yet though! Guests change their plans all the time, especially when it comes to dining, so there’s a good chance a reservation could open up before you arrive in September. Keep checking for dining reservations at Chef Mickey’s in your My Disney Experience mobile app daily leading up to your vacation and continue to do so once you are on property. Select every time option on the "Search By Time" feature when you do these daily checks. Sometimes reservations will pop up that weren't there initially. I’ve had great luck finding reservations at some of the most sought-after restaurants doing this, so I hope it will work for you.

    If you are ultimately unsuccessful in your pursuit of booking a reservation at Chef Mickey’s ahead of time, you can try utilizing the Mobile Dine Walk-up Availability feature in your My Disney Experience mobile app during your vacation. This newer feature allows you to join the same-day walk-up list at select restaurants on property (subject to availability). To try it out, go to "Check Dining Availability" in your mobile app, input your party size, and select the current date. You should see a time slot option that says "Now" under the "Search by Time” options. When you click on it, you will see any restaurants with current walk-up dining availability. If Chef Mickey’s pops up, click on it to complete your registration for the walk-up list. It will give you an estimated return window, so make sure you are close enough in proximity to get there in time.

    Lauren, I’m crossing my fingers you are able to snag a reservation at Chef Mickey’s after all. If you have further questions arise before your trip, please stop back by and let us know. You ain’t never had a friend like us!

    Have a magical day,

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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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