• On Dec 26, 2017
    Kathleen from MA 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.

    Is there a wait list for reservations to popular dining spots? All the ones we wanted seem to be booked during our stay.

    Hello Kathleen! 

    Thank you so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel. You've asked about one of my favorite reasons to vacation at Disney - the food! Elastic waistbands are my best friends when visiting Walt Disney World Resort restaurants. I'm sorry to hear your preferred restaurants are booked during your stay. 

    Unfortunately, there isn't a waiting list for dining reservations, but don't give up! I have secured many last-minute reservations by being persistent. I will check daily on the Disney Dining Reservations page for cancelations. Plans often change! I'd also check 24 hours in advance of your preferred date, because that's when guests need to cancel reservations that have a credit card guarantee on them to avoid a charge, so I've found reservations at my favorite Disney restaurants that way. 

    If you still have no luck and really want a certain Disney restaurant, then I suggest going to the restaurant to inquire if they are taking walk-ups. 'Ohana is my favorite restaurant, and I've arrived 15 minutes before they open for dinner without a reservation and have had luck. Also walking up during an unpopular dining time is another way I've had success.  There are no guarantees, but it doesn't hurt to hope for some pixie dust. 

    Good luck! And if all else fails, snack your way around Walt Disney World. I promise you won't go hungry! I'm also happy to give you my best suggestions for hidden gem restaurants.

    If you have any other questions, please come back and see us real soon. 


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Meet the Panelist: Tania, Virginia

I've been on numerous Walt Disney World Resort vacations, ranging from girlfriend getaways, anniversary trips, "runDisney-cations," mommy/daughter trips and family vacations with my 5 princesses in tow! Need a reason for a Disney vacation? I've got 20! Learn More About Tania

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