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  • On Oct 23, 2021
    Christine from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    why are dining reservations so difficult to get

    Hi Christine,

    Welcome to planDisney! 

    I am sorry to hEAR that you are having some trouble securing advanced dining reservations. There are a few reasons why some reservations are difficult to get. As you probably have surmised, some dining locations are wildly popular. Cinderella's Royal Table, Be Our Guest Restaurant, and 'Ohana are a few of our favorites that we book as soon as our advanced dining reservation window opens.

    We also still have several dining locations that have not yet reopened. Keep your eye on the operational updates paying particular attention to the dining updates. As dining locations reopen, information should appear on that updates page. Once more locations reopen, it should alleviate some pressure on restaurants that are currently open.

    Finally, reservations may not be available on the day that your dining reservation window opens because other Guests may have resort hotel reservations around the same time as yours, but with earlier arrival dates so they can start booking dining earlier. And since we can make dining reservations for the length of stay up to 10 days, they are most likely making reservations for some of the same days you need reservations.

    Christine, the Evening Star still has lots of wishes to grant, so do not lose hope! Cancelations do happen, so keep checking. We cannot wait to welcome you to an Incredible Disney Day!

    Magic and memories,
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