Character Dining at Riveria
  • On Sep 2, 2022
    John from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My wife & I are coming Dec 11-17. Suggestions for lunch that doesn't need reservations?

    Hiya John - welcome back to planDisney!

    I'm happy to hEAR that you and your wife will be visiting in December and will get to experience all of the wonderful Disney holiday magic! I'm usually focused on food when planning my own Walt Disney World Resort trips, so I'm glad that eating is on the top of your planning list too!

    With hundreds of dining locations across the entire Walt Disney World Resort, the options are almost endless. While Advance Dining Reservations are a great way to plan ahead and ensure you get to enjoy specific dining experiences, there are plenty of phenomenal options that don't accept or require reservations. That being said, you should also know that reservations pop up all the time. When another Guest cancels their reservation, it becomes available for everyone else! I've had great luck getting a lunch reservation at some great restaurants the day before or even the day of my visit. Some dining locations that typically only take reservations may also have Mobile Dine Walk-up Availability when they are not at full capacity with reservations!

    Some of my favorite Quick Service locations include Satu'li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, the brand new Connections Eatery at EPCOT, and Ronto Roasters at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios. All offer Mobile Order service through the My Disney Experience Mobile App to make lunch a breeze. There are also several great options at Disney Springs that are walk-up, including the newly expanded Chicken Guy!

    There are also some fantastic lounges that can be perfect for lunch ... and maybe a cocktail too! A favorite among the planDisney panelists is the Nomad Lounge at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Request to be seated outside on the wraparound deck - you never know who might float by on the waterway while you nibble on some exotic fare!

    I hope this information is helpful, John. Please stop by with any other questions you might have as you continue planning!

    Ryan J.
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Meet the Panelist: Ryan, Ohio

Hi, everyone! I’m Ryan from Ohio and am so happy that you’re here! By day (and most nights and weekends), I'm a business professor mentoring the next generation of leaders. In my free time I love outdoor activities and traveling with my family and friends, scarfing down ice cream, and, of course, all things Disney! I can’t wait to help your crew plan a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Ryan

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