Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Oct 7, 2014
    Monica from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Visiting MK in December (17-23) and was wondering if the Be Our Guest Restaurant accepts walk-ups for dinner or do they only accept guests with dinner reservations? Also, do all Character Dining's have to be booked in advance or can one wait for a table?

    Hi Monica,

    The Disney restaurants do accept walk-up guests if they have space available. However, the "if they have space available" is an important factor. Some restaurants often have last minute availability (Restaurant Marrakesh at Epcot, for example), while some of the most popular restaurants almost never have room for walk-ups.

    The character meals and Be Our Guest are among the most popular of the Disney dining experiences. It's rare that you would find availability by walking to the hostess podium. And if there were availability, you might encounter waits of well over an hour.

    Another thing to consider is that you're visiting at a high crowd time of year. If you were visiting in low-crowd mid-September, you might have an OK chance of getting a walk-up, but the likelihood of this drops considerably in late December.

    If there's a restaurant you really want to experience, then I strongly suggest that you make reservations in advance.

    Please let us know if you have additional questions. We're happy to help.
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