Character Dining at Riveria
  • On Feb 23, 2021
    Jennifer from VA Asked

    I have been trying to get a reservation at Chef Mickey's for the either April 8, 9, or 10 and I am not having any luck. How does the "join a walk-up list" work with restaurants that are showing that there are no available tables?

    Hiya Jennifer! 

    Jennifer, nothing starts my day out right quite like breakfast with Mickey Mouse and Pals. I haven't had the chance to try out the brand new family-style menu yet, but I can't wait to! Just thinking about the Banana Bread French Toast is making my mouth water!

    As I am sure you have experienced, reservations at character meals can be a bit tricky, just because everyone wants to get a chance to have some fun with their favorite pal's first thing in the morning. 

    Jennifer, the concept of the walk-up waitlist for a Chef Mickey's breakfast reservation is pretty simple. When you first wake up, open your My Disney Experience Mobile App and click "Check Dining Availability." Enter your party and the current date, then under "Search by Time" click "Now." 

    You will then see a list of restaurants together with a note on if they are currently taking walk-up waitlist requests, or if that dining location is full. If they are taking a waitlist, you may be asked to move closer to the restaurant to get your name on the list. 

    While I have heard of the walk-up waitlist being available for Chef Mickey's, I would still try to snag an advanced dining reservation if I were you, since I have seen it be full more often than not. 

    I typically have the best luck getting a dining reservation the week leading up to our trip and have even found plenty of dining reservations the night before. People generally cancel 24-hours in advance so that they will not be charged a cancellation fee, so keep checking! 

    If you are unable to get into Chef Mickey's, Garden Grill Restaurant in EPCOT has a wonderful menu with Mickey, Pluto, Chip & Dale, and tends to be a little easier to get a reservation. 

    I hope that this helped, Pal. Please come on back here to planDisney if we can help you plan your magical adventure. 

    See you real soon!

    Sarah B. 
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Georgia

Hi There! I’m Sarah from Atlanta, GA. Together, my Disney-loving husband and I have two amazing kids and love nothing more than running away to the Walt Disney World Resort every chance that we get. When we are not wandering around the resorts, we love to indulge our sweet tooth with all the snacks we can find. I am passionate about making sure the magic reaches kids of all ages, from the smallest to the biggest, because we are all kids at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Sarah

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