Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Oct 14, 2013
    Angela from NC 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.

    I was wondering if there was a service that Disney offered that would alert you when a dining reservation opened up at a restaurant you want to go to?

    Hi Angela,

    Great question! 

    Here's the short answer: I wish there was a service that did that!!

    Unfortunately, I haven't heard of anything like that coming down the pike. However, don't get too bummed out because I think Disney is very mindful of the challenges guests are experiencing when trying to make reservations at certain restaurants.

    With the advent of the Disney Dining Plan, it seems like the table-service dining locations are more crowded than they were before the dining plan existed. What I'm about to say next may sound counterintuitive, but I'm actually pretty happy about that. 


    Personally, I think the dining experiences at Walt Disney World are an essential element to the overall vacation experience and I'm glad more guests are getting the opportunity to enjoy those restaurants that they my not have previously considered dining at. 

    With the increased demand on table-service restaurants, we've seen new restaurants pop up in the last few years that have definitely helped to increase the capacity to accommodate more guests. Also, the new cancellation policies being rolled out at all table-service restaurants, which require credit cards to secure reservations and charges for no-shows and last-minute cancellations, will hopefully make it easier to snag dining reservations as well.

    Here's a little tip from your buddy Derek:

    With My Disney Experience, both on the web-based application and the mobile app, it's now easier to check dining reservations than ever before. While you can still call the Walt Disney World Dining reservation line at (407) WDW-DINE, you'll probably save time by doing your searches through My Disney Experience instead.

    I hope that helps! Please feel free to write back if you should have any additional questions and I'll be happy to help in any way that I can.

    Best regards,
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