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  • On Apr 19, 2021
    Reyanne from AZ 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 am trying to make reservations at the parks and there are NO restaurants available. How can this be? I thought maybe the system was down over the weekend but I need to find a reservation. May 6th at Hollywood Studios for 7, Magic Kingdom on May 7. Help!

    Hi Reyanne, and welcome to planDisney!

    You are just a couple of weeks away from your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! I’m so excited for you! Let’s get those plans in place so you can focus on Disney dreaming.

    I think you are asking about dining reservations, so let’s start there. I’m not sure if you mean you have a party of 7, or if you prefer a dinner reservation at 7:00, so I’ll walk through the steps to cover both possibilities.

    When I look in the My Disney Experience mobile app, I do see reservations available in Magic Kingdom Park on May 7, but note that availability is subject to change. Open the app, and tap the “+” in the bottom center. Then, tap “Dining Availability.” Select your party size; note that if you don’t have luck searching for a party of 7, you may need to make a reservation for a party of 4 and a party of 3. When you arrive at the restaurant, let the Cast Member at the host station know that you would love to be seated together if at all possible; they will do their best to accommodate, though it can’t be guaranteed.

    Next, use the calendar feature to select your date. You may either select “Lunch” or “Dinner,” or be more specific about your time. I like to play around with this as it sometimes yields different results. If you’re flexible about which restaurant, it will help with your chances. Flexibility with time also helps a bunch; eating mid-afternoon and then snacking later that night is a good strategy. I don’t see Table Service dinner availability in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 6, but you could choose to eat at a Quick-Service location, such as the delicious Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo (I like the Batuuan Beef Pot Roast) in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge or Woody’s Lunch Box (don't miss the Totchos and a Lunch Box Tart) in Toy Story Land. Be sure to Mobile Order your meal in advance to avoid long waits during popular meal times if you go with this option.

    Reyanne, because capacity is limited during the phased reopening, dining reservations have been tricker than usual. My advice is to keep checking and make a Quick-Service dining backup plan. If you have particular restaurants you’d like to visit, such as the Hollywood Brown Derby, you can search reservations from that restaurant’s webpage; I sometimes find that easier. Touring Plans also has a reservation finder tool that many Guests find helpful. This Disney Parks Blog article walks through several options, like the Walk-Up List service in the My Disney Experience app, that might be helpful in your quest.

    As Dory says, “just keep swimming” and you may find your reservation. Continue to check for availability at different times each day – you never know when another Guest is changing their plans and you might be in luck! I’m sending pixie-dusted wishes your way that your search is successful.

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
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Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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