• On Jan 30, 2020
    Debbie from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We will be visiting Disneyland soon. We really wanted to do lunch at the Blue Bayou unfortunately there are no reservations available. Is the standby seating available and if so what would be the recommended time to arrive?

    Hello Debbie!

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It’s so much fun to plan a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth!

    The Blue Bayou is an amazing restaurant! There’s a reason why it books up so quickly. It's got a unique setting filled with the essence of New Orleans. You’ll hear crickets chirp, frogs croak, and fireflies twinkle while passenger boats from Pirates of the Caribbean cruise on by. The Blue Bayou has been serving up Cajun and Creole cuisine like Jambalaya, Gumbo and Hush Puppies since 1967. Just thinking about it is making me hungry!

    A few months ago I was in your exact same situation. We were at Disneyland Park and my son says, “Can we eat at the Blue Bayou? I’ve always wanted to eat there.” It was his birthday trip so I decided we would give it a try. There were no reservations on the Disneyland Mobile App so I decided to try and see if we could be seated on stand by. There is a restaurant host outside of the restaurant before it opens. I asked about reservations and he told me there were none left, but to come back right at opening because even though not guaranteed, they usually have some tables available right at opening. Otherwise they book up very quickly for reservations. We came back about 20 minutes before they opened and waited for opening. There were about 4 other groups in the same boat as us, and we were all seated when they opened. So that’s my advice to you. Show up right when they open for the day and hope you can get in. I’d also have a back up plan just in case. I also want to mention that they told us we would not be able to make any seating requests like a water view, and that they didn’t know how long the wait would be. We didn’t wait very long at all and for getting in on the day of, I was happy to sit anywhere and my son got his birthday wish.

    Well Debbie, I wish you the best of luck on getting into the Blue Bayou Restaurant. Keep checking the Disneyland Mobile App as sometimes people do cancel their plans.

    Remember, always believe in the magic!

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Meet the Panelist: Andres, California

Hello from Southern California! I live 90 minutes from the "Happiest Place on Earth." I love photography and the Disneyland Resort and when you put them together, it's pure magic! I have a Disney-loving, rope-dropping family of four. My wife even calls me the Rope Drop Champion. I'm an Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Member, with home resorts on both coasts. I can't wait to help you experience the most magic while on vacation and show you how to rope drop like a pro! Learn More About Andres

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