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  • On Oct 22, 2022
    Elizabeth from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are going to visit Disneyland on October 31st. It's my birthday and I want to have dinner at Blue Bayou or Cafe Orleans, but there are no times available. We can't arrive until 4pm. What are my chances of getting in at that time?

    Hi there, Elizabeth! Welcome to planDisney!

    A happily haunted Halloween birthday trip should have all the grim-grinning ghosts in attendance! I know just how special a birthday is around this time of year as my daughter is a pumpkin baby herself, and we loved celebrating in the parks. I will say you have great taste in dining locations as Blue Bayou Restaurant and Cafe Orleans are two of my favorite haunts. These are also some of the most popular spots in the park ...I'm guessing it's the fan-favorite Monte Cristo sandwich that draws us all in! Since it will also be Halloween night, we are going to need to collectively wish on several stars to hope a reservation opens up! With your arrival tomorrow, I would start refreshing the Disneyland Mobile App several times today to see if anything becomes available. Guests are always changing their plans and dining reservations need to be canceled the day before, so this is when you might see some movement! 

    Once you are in Disneyland Park, I have two suggestions for you. The first is to head straight to the host of each restaurant and ask if there happen to be any tables available for the evening. I can see that both parks are at capacity in terms of reservations, so I would expect availability to be very limited, but you never know what pixie dust might find you! The second suggestion is to head directly into your Disneyland Mobile App as soon as you scan into the park and take a look at the Mobile Dine Walk-Up Availability. Tap the "+" along the bottom navigation bar and select "Make a Dining Reservation". Enter your party, choose "Now" as the time, and you will see a list of restaurants that have some same-day tables open. Both Blue Bayou Restaurant and Cafe Orleans are included on this list when there is availability! While your heart might be set on dinner in New Orleans Square, perhaps you might find an alternative location with some open tables to make your birthday dinner boo-tastic! 

    Elizabeth, I wish I could see into Madame Leota's crystal ball to tell you if this wish will come true! What I can tell you is that you should definitely grab a complimentary "I'm Celebrating..." button from City Hall or a nearby merchandise location on the way into the parks. You will be showered with good wishes, and you never know what magic might find you! 

    If you have any more questions, you know where to find us here at planDisney!

    Boo to you!

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Hello from Philly! Disney Parks have been my heart and soul since my 3-year old feet first hit Main Street, U.S.A. Nothing compares to the burst of pure joy, nostalgia and magic that I feel EVERY time I enter the gates! I love planning Disney vacations and have been known to convert a non-believer or two in one magical afternoon. Whether it's park days with friends, multi-generational trips, toddling around with kids or flying solo, I'm ready to help you personalize the magic at the Happiest Place On Earth! Learn More About Tara

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