Walt Disney World has an abundance of excellent restaurants, and some are more popular than others, making them especially difficult to book – even if you book 180 days before you arrive, as recommended. Here are 10 of the most difficult Disney dining reservations to make, but don’t give up – sometimes guests cancel their reservations, so it’s worth checking online regularly, and you may be lucky enough to grab a last-minute spot at one of these fabulous restaurants!
10) California Grill
This Contemporary Resort restaurant has one of the best views in all of Walt Disney World. It’s located on the 15th floor, which means you’ll be treated to expansive views of Seven Seas Lagoon and Cinderella Castle (and fireworks, if you time your meal right!) while you eat – so no surprise that this is a very difficult dining reservation to make! If you can tear your gaze away from the view, you’ll see an onstage kitchen that comes alive with expert chefs preparing international dishes in creative combinations.
It’s worth the monorail ride to the Polynesian Resort to dine in this hard-to-reserve restaurant! Whether you join Lilo and Stitch for the Best Friends Breakfast, or come for dinner, you’ll be treated to Hawaiian hospitality, and a feast featuring favorite American and Polynesian delights. There may be a few fun surprises waiting for you, too!
8) Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
Located in Hollywood Studios, the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater is one of the most unique dining experiences in the park. Where else can you eat in a classic car under the stars while watching classic sci-fi scenes on the big screen? Not surprisingly, tables at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater are not easy to come by. And once you’ve dined there, drive-in theaters will never be the same again!
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7) Le Cellier
One of our favorite steak and seafood restaurants in Walt Disney World, Le Cellier is unfortunately not an easy reservation to snag! Located in the Canadian pavilion in Epcot, Le Cellier offers dining in a majestic chateau-style setting, and its dishes are to die for! They’re known for their cheddar cheese soup (with Moosehead beer!) and their tantalizing mushroom filet mignon, and you’ll want to sample the maple crème brûlée for dessert – if you can get a reservation, that is.
6) Chef Mickey’s
Character dining reservations are always tough to get at Walt Disney World, and Chef Mickey’s is no exception. But the location is what makes this restaurant especially popular! It’s located in the Contemporary Resort; you can actually see the monorail going by, and gaze at lovely views of Bay Lake. While you enjoy your buffet, classic Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto will visit your table for photos and autographs.
5) Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Another coveted character dining experience, Akershus dining takes place in a beautiful Medieval castle setting. It’s located in the Norwegian pavilion at Epcot, and it’s open for American-style breakfast, and lunch and dinner selections that are more Norwegian in origin. Classic and modern princesses circulate while you eat, and they seem perfectly at home in the regal setting!
4) Victoria and Albert’s
Whether you want to indulge in a personalized 13-course Chef’s Table experience, or enjoy a meal in the dining room or the private Queen Victoria room, a reservation at Victoria’s and Albert’s won’t be easy to make. Word is out about this award-winning restaurant and its classic Victorian ambiance, and everyone wants a taste! If you’re lucky enough to eat here, you’ll discover why this is one of the best restaurants in Walt Disney World.
If you manage to snag a reservation at this hit Disney Springs restaurant, consider yourself lucky! You’ll be surrounded by massive dinosaurs, pterosaurs and other prehistoric creatures while you eat dishes with fun dino-related names (we recommend the yummy “Chocolate Extinction”!). There’s a meteor shower at regular intervals, and young paleontologists won’t want to miss the interactive Paleo Zone. Make sure you wander through the restaurant to check out all the different creatures and landscapes, including the color-changing ice cave!
2) Cinderella’s Royal Table
Though it’s extremely difficult to book a spot, and nearly impossible to get a window table, Cinderella’s Royal Table is definitely worth the effort to book! Not only is it your only opportunity to dine right in Cinderella Castle, but you’ll also be joined by various Disney princesses whether you visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Our goal? To one day snag a window table for a late dinner, to watch fireworks from inside the castle!
1) Be Our Guest Restaurant
As one of the most popular restaurants on Disney property, it’s no surprise that Be Our Guest tops our list of hard-to-get dining reservations at Walt Disney World. We’ve had more luck booking breakfast reservations than dinner reservations here, and usually the restaurant is not as crowded then, either. Plus, you can enter the Magic Kingdom before it opens to get to an early morning booking at Be Our Guest! Then again, if you’re able to snag a dinner spot, you have the opportunity to meet the Beast himself!