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  • On Feb 11, 2022
    Kelly from PA 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! Today is 60 days from our arrival at Disneyland Hotel! I tried to make Disneyland dining reservations at 6:00 am eastern standard time today but they did not open until 9:00 am eastern standard time. Is this the time I should plan on for tomorrow?

    Welcome back to planDisney, Kelly,

    Yay! In less than two months you will be having the time of your life at Walt Disney's Original Magic Kingdom. I’m grateful for the chance to help you with your preparations.

    As the Disneyland Resort progresses through its phased reopening, you may notice a few things have been modified or suspended for the health and safety of Guests and Cast Members. In some cases, that may include reduced capacity at many dining locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. That seems to have made an impact on dining reservation availability. Your strategy of seeking dining reservations early is wise.

    While the Disneyland Resort does not formally publish the specific time that new dining reservation inventory is released to the online reservation system, the experience that my fellow planDisney Panelists and I have had is that reservations seem to be made available at 6:00 AM Eastern time. We don’t know for sure if that has changed to the later 9:00 AM Eastern time that you experienced today. So, as much as I’d love to save you some sleep and sanity, I think I would still plan on the earlier time, just in case. I’d feel really bad if I made you miss out on winning a reservation at one of your preferred restaurants.

    Tony’s Tip: Booking dining reservations at the Disneyland Resort has been a topic of interest for many Guests lately. If you don’t happen to have luck finding what you are interested in, I would still recommend repeatedly trying. My family has been fortunate enough to find reservations available for preferred dining locations such as Lamplight Lounge well under 60 days before our visit. You never know when other Guests might decide to cancel. Another trick that seems to help us is to select individual hours for requested reservation times rather than the generic “breakfast,” “lunch,” and “dinner” collections of times. We also find that the quick service options at the Disneyland Resort are quite amazing. And Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering makes it so convenient to dine at some of our favorite restaurants such as Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. Many table service restaurants and lounges also offer a limited number of dining opportunities to walk-up Guests on a first-come basis.

    I hope that this helps a bit as you plan your visit to enter a “world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy” at the Disneyland Resort, Kelly. We hope to hEAR from you again soon if you have any more questions or requests for recommendations.

    ~Tony
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Meet the Panelist: Tony, Utah

Coming to you from the Beehive State, I’m a Disney-loving dad and husband, buzzing with excitement to share advice and tips for making your Disneyland Resort vacation as magical as possible! I’m excited to help you discover the storytelling magic of the “Happiest Place on Earth!” Learn More About Tony

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