Dining is always an adventure at Walt Disney World! With more than 400 restaurants on property, and more than 150 that take advance dining reservations, your food choices are almost unlimited. Of course, it’s a good idea to make dining reservations as far in advance as possible for any table service restaurants you want to eat at, and this goes double for WDW’s most popular dining spots, which often book up months ahead of time. Here are ten of the most difficult dining reservations to snag in Walt Disney World.
With all the hype about Walt Disney’s newest land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you’d expect long waits for the attractions here. But be aware that this extends even to the fabulously themed bar/lounge, Oga’s Cantina. It’s the only quick-service location in the park that accepts reservations, and you’ll definitely want one; we’ve heard of people being put on the stand-by list and making it in, but you don’t want to count on that. Oga’s Cantina books up very fast, even in the early morning hours (yes, even though it’s a bar!), and it’s small, so there’s limited space – but if there’s no availability during your stay, keep checking back – people do cancel.
2. Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White
Storybook Dining is another fairly new dining spot, plus it’s a character dining experience, both of which make it a coveted reservation. The restaurant is located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and the enchanted forest atmosphere here is delightful! Fans of Disney’s classic animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will love being visited by Snow White herself and two of her dwarf friends while they dine. For those not faint of heart, you can even snap a photo with the Queen after you eat. If you’re not able to snag a reservation for this popular restaurant, try arriving around 4:00 pm to see if there’s availability for walk-ins.
It’s one of the most visually magnificent restaurants in all of Walt Disney World, so it makes sense that Be Our Guest Restaurant in Disney’s Magic Kingdom can be a difficult reservation to get, especially for dinner. Three rooms of the Beast’s famous castle have been created inside the restaurant, and choosing which to dine in will be tough! We’ve had some luck in the past with cancellations here, so keep checking to see if a spot has opened up – this unforgettable dining experience is worth the work!
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4. Victoria and Albert’s
We’ve never met a Disney fan who doesn’t dream of eating at Victoria and Albert’s. You won’t find a better meal on Disney property than at this elegant, award-winning restaurant inside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and as a result, this restaurant is typically booked solid months (and months) in advance. To make matters worse, unlike at other restaurants, very few guests cancel a reservation here. So, cross your fingers, and be ready to book 180 days before the start of your vacation!
If you or your little prince or princess just can’t get enough of Disney princesses, you should make sure you dine at Akershus Royal Banquet during your next vacation. Located in Epcot’s Norway pavilion, Akershus is fit for a king or queen, with its medieval setting – and of course, the presence of some of your favorite princesses from Disney’s animated films. But this regal restaurant is a not-so-hidden gem, and it will book up, so be sure to make a reservation well in advance to avoid disappointment.
There are two ways to enjoy ‘Ohana, at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. You can mingle with Lilo and Stitch at breakfast, or check out the fun-and-games-filled Polynesian dinner feast. Whichever you choose, you’ll want to ensure you book in advance; ‘Ohana’s spots fill up well in advance.
At the end of Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom sits the gracefully quaint Plaza Restaurant, beautifully decorated in the Art Nouveau style. With such a prime location, it’s a hit with guests, especially during dinnertime. The Plaza Restaurant has become one of the most difficult dining reservations to snag in the Magic Kingdom, so if you plan to eat dinner here, we’d recommend booking as soon as you can. If there aren’t any spots left, you can try your luck with walk-ins, but don’t bet on it.
8. California Grill
Located inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort, California Grill provides a dining experience you won’t soon forget. The 15th-storey views are spectacular, and if you time your meal right, you may even be able to watch fireworks as you eat. And the food? Well, it’s fresh, gourmet dining at its finest. Unsurprisingly, guests flock to California Grill, which means it can be difficult to snag a dining reservation.
9. Chef Mickey’s
Another treasured dining spot inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort is Chef Mickey’s. Head past the monorail as it speeds through the resort lobby, and you’ll find this gem of a restaurant, where you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet with classic Disney characters. You may spot Goofy, Donald, Pluto, Minnie – and of course, everyone’s favorite mouse himself! Views of Bay Lake here are stunning. But the secret of Chef Mickey’s is out, so book a reservation as soon as you can.
10. Cinderella’s Royal Table
Who could pass up a chance to dine inside the most well-known Walt Disney World icon anywhere on property? Cinderella’s Royal Table is always one of the most difficult dining reservations to get at Walt Disney World. Not only is it located in Cinderella Castle, with unparalleled views of Magic Kingdom, but it’s also a character dining experience. So if you want to be part of the royal magic and visit with your favorite princesses, make sure you book early!