We’re rounding up ten restaurants that you will want to make sure you get your reservation for 180 days in advance!
Remember, if you have a Disney World Resort hotel reservation, you can book your ADRs 180 in advance of your arrival date plus 10 days, which will give you a good head start on those hard-to-get reservations!
Space 220 — Epcot
Perhaps the most highly anticipated restaurant to open in 2020, Space 220 will be a dining experience unlike any other at Walt Disney World… or in the real world!
As of this writing, we still don’t know when reservations will open for this restaurant, nor do we have an opening date. There’s been a lot of commotion surrounding Space 220, and for good reason! From dining 220 miles above Florida to over 1,000 bottles of international wine to choose from, this will be a highly sought-after reservation.
Roundup Rodeo — Hollywood Studios
This family-friendly table service restaurant is set to open sometime in 2020.
Roundup Rodeo is a much-needed addition to Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios, which as of this writing only has Woody’s Lunchbox for guests to dine at while they visit the land. Little is known about Roundup Rodeo, but we anticipate this will be a popular pick for families when it’s time to book those dining reservations!
Victoria & Albert’s — The Grand Floridian
This is the ultimate date-night experience at Walt Disney World. As a AAA Five-Diamond Award recipient, Victoria & Albert’s is one of the most highly-rated restaurants in the country.
One of the reasons why reservations go so quickly for Victoria & Albert’s is because it’s so small. The Main Dining Room has eighteen tables, the Queen Victoria Room accommodates up to eight guests total, and the Chef’s Table only accommodates only one party per evening. While this is by far one of the priciest meals you’ll have, the small capacity and the allure of Victoria & Albert’s make this a tricky reservation to get.
Cinderella’s Royal Table — Magic Kingdom
If you have young princes or princesses in your party, you may have heard of Cinderella’s Royal Table. Located inside Cinderella’s Castle, this classic Disney World dining location is a great opportunity to meet some of your favorite characters, all while dining on great food with signature service!
Cinderella’s Royal Table has always been a must-do for princess fans, and reservations go fast. If you can’t seem to snag an ADR for this restaurant, a great back-up option is Akershus in Epcot, which is another princess character dining location.
California Grill — Contemporary Resort
Another classic Disney World restaurant, California Grill is one of the resort’s finest. One of the big draws, aside from the menu and wide selection of beverages, are the views.
Located at the top of the Contemporary Resort, California Grill has sweeping views of the Magic Kingdom area, including the park itself. At night, guests can walk outside the restaurant to an open-air viewing deck and watch the fireworks spectacular Happily Ever After.
You may be able to grab a dining reservation at California Grill at off-times, but if you want to be dining as the fireworks are going off, you will want to consider booking this restaurant first! (Also remember that if you dine earlier in the day or in the California Grill Lounge, you can bring your receipt back and gain entrance to those fireworks views!)
Be Our Guest — Magic Kingdom
Be Our Guest is a newer restaurant to the Disney World dining scene. Opened in 2012, this has been a popular destination for many guests. The high level of theming exquisitely done, and you actually feel as though you are dining inside the Beast’s castle.
In recent years they have updated their menu to reflect a more Signature Dining experience (thus making dinner at this restaurant cost two credits instead of one on the Disney Dining Plan). Tables can still be hard to come by, so if you know you want to dine at Be Our Guest, be ready to book 180 days out. (And if you want the best meal for your money here, enjoy a quick service-style lunch out of pocket or on DDP or a single-quick service DDP credit breakfast (note: breakfast is not a good deal out of pocket, though).)
‘Ohana — Polynesian Resort
This family-friendly restaurant is a top pick for many parties with young children. Located close to Magic Kingdom at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (hello, Monorail ride!), ‘Ohana has a fun character breakfast featuring Mickey, Stitch, Lilo, and Pluto.
Reservations tend to fill up quickly for breakfast, however, you may have better luck with dinner. Dinner at ‘Ohana does not have characters, but you still get a classic Disney dining experience.
Le Cellier — Epcot
Le Cellier is one of the few restaurants in World Showcase that costs two credits on the Disney Dining Plan for both lunch and dinner — and many guests feel it’s with good reason. This table service restaurant in the Canada pavilion has consistently offered quality food and top-notch service, making it a tough-to-get reservation.
If you know you want to dine at Le Cellier on your day to Epcot, we suggest making this reservation as quickly as possible.
Chef Mickey’s — Contemporary Resort
Another character dining location on our list is Chef Mickey’s, located at the Contemporary Resort. This breakfast, lunch, and dinner character buffet serves up a lot of fun, especially if you have kids.
The draw to Chef Mickey’s is all about the experience. The food is consistent but not out-of-this-world; however, if you’ve never dined at Chef Mickey’s, it’s worth it to grab a reservation if you can find one! It’s a quintessential Disney World restaurant that everyone should experience at least once.
Our tenth item on this list is actually a collection of restaurants — specifically, restaurants in Epcot that participate in the Candlelight Processional Dining Package.
Candlelight Processional is a fan favorite show that performs nightly during Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays. This show is very popular, and seating always fills up.
If you want to avoid the long standby lines that would require you to arrive hours before the performance begins, your best bet is to grab one of these dining package reservations — and they go quickly! If you know you will visit Disney World during the month of December (or late-November), be ready to make your dining package reservation 180 days out in June.
What restaurant do YOU book first when your 180 day window opens up? Let us know in the comments!
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