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Disney Makes Changes to How Guests Book Dining Reservations

Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse at Cape May Cafe
Cape May Cafe (Credit: Disney)

Oftentimes, securing dining reservations at Disney can feel like maneuvering through a maze, particularly when aiming for the highly sought-after dining establishments. With the overwhelming popularity of certain restaurants within the magical realm of Disney, booking a table can often become a daunting task.

With Disney’s current reservation system, guests have to plan on a day-by-day basis, making it hard to compare reservations on different days.

Now, fans will be thrilled to hear about a brand new policy change that is making scheduling dining reservations at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort easier than ever before.

Related: 4 YEARS LATER: Reservations Finally Open at Popular Disney World Restaurant!

Dopey at Story Book Dining at Artist Point

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A Simplified Approach

When planning your visit to Disney, securing dining reservations is essential to ensure you experience all the culinary delights the parks have to offer. With a plethora of dining options available, ranging from character dining experiences to fine dining restaurants, making reservations in advance can elevate your Disney World vacation to a truly magical culinary adventure.

By making dining reservations, guests can guarantee a table at popular Disney restaurants and enjoy the convenience of not having to wait in long lines or risk not getting a seat at their desired dining location.

This strategic planning allows visitors to maximize their time in the parks, ensuring they don’t miss out on any delectable meals that are part of the Disney experience. Additionally, booking in advance provides the advantage of having a well-thought-out itinerary, giving guests the flexibility to tailor their dining choices to suit their schedules and preferences throughout their visit.

Alternatives to popular Disney World restaurants

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Whether you’re looking to start your day with a sumptuous breakfast with Disney characters, savor a delightful lunch overlooking the picturesque views of the parks, or indulge in a themed dinner experience, making dining reservations at Disney opens up a world of culinary possibilities for guests of all ages.

With options ranging from casual dining to upscale table service restaurants, there is something to suit every palate and occasion at the various Disney establishments. Moreover, making reservations in advance allows guests to plan special dining moments, such as celebrating birthdays or anniversaries, in a magical setting that adds an extra touch of enchantment to their stay.

Disney Implements Reservation Change

We first announced on March 7 that making dining reservations for your trip will be easier than ever. While the old reservation system only showed you the available reservations on the selected day, this new system will allow you to see all reservation availability for your entire vacation. This new option is incredibly helpful, and fans are thrilled.

UPDATE – New System Now Active

UPDATE! As of March 11, 2024, the new dining reservation changes are now available. As shared by Scott Gustin on X (formerly Twitter):

Update: The ability to search dining availability across multiple days is now live on the website and app.

Dining reservations at Disney Parks are a crucial aspect of planning a memorable and hassle-free visit to the parks. By taking advantage of the new reservation system, guests can not only secure their preferred dining times and locations but also immerse themselves in a culinary journey that complements the magic of their Disney vacation.

Whether you’re a food enthusiast eager to sample unique dishes or a family looking to create lasting memories over a magical meal, booking dining reservations at Disney ensures that your visit is filled with delicious flavors, delightful experiences, and unforgettable moments that truly make your stay at Disney a feast for the senses.

Are you excited about this new dining reservation update? Let us know in the comments! 

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

One comment

  1. I halfway was expecting some sort of upcharge system to make reservations…. Dining+ Disneys new reservation system to stream line your dining experience and then there’s Lightning Eats for those really special reservations.

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