Making Advance Dining Reservations is one of the most important steps for planning a Walt Disney World vacation. Most Walt Disney World restaurants can be booked weeks, or even days, in advance of your vacation. However, some popular Walt Disney World restaurants require significant additional planning.
Here are the eight Walt Disney World dining reservations you must make 180 days in advance!
Advance Dining Reservations Basics
Before we dive into our list, let’s talk a bit about Advance Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World. All guests, even those not staying on Disney property, can start making dining reservations 180 days in advance of their arrival.
Dining reservations can be made on the Walt Disney World website, via telephone, or on the My Disney Experience app. Online reservation availability begins at approximately 5:45 a.m. each day.
However, if you are a guest of a Disney Resort hotel with a valid reservation on file, you receive an advance dining reservation bonus!
Guests of Disney Resort hotels enjoy an extended dining reservation window of 180 days plus the length of stay — for up to 10 days! The simplest way of taking advantage of the 180+10 benefit is by dialing (407) WDW-DINE at 7:00 a.m. ET in advance of the start of your reservation window.
ADRs You Must Make at 180 Days Out
Cinderella’s Royal Table — Magic Kingdom
Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom has notoriously been one of the most challenging dining experiences to reserve in Walt Disney World — and it’s easy to understand why!
During this unique dining experience, guests can dine with classic Disney Princesses such as Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora, Ariel, Rapunzel, and Snow White inside Cinderella Castle. The castle provides an authentic storybook setting with stone archways, unique coats of arms, marvelous medieval flags, and stunning stained-glass windows.
In addition to its regal decor, Cinderella’s Royal Table also offers delicious dining options. Reservations are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and can be made 180 days in advance of your Walt Disney World arrival.
Be Our Guest — Magic Kingdom
Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom Park allows guests to be part of one of the most beloved Disney animated films of all time by inviting them to dine in The Beast’s stunning castle. It’s no wonder this dining reservation is so popular!
Be Our Guest offers three exquisite dining areas: The Grand Ballroom, The West Wing, and The Castle Gallery. All three areas provide the same dining menus, but entirely different ambiances.
Reservations are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — with dinner being the hardest one to acquire. Order-Ahead Dining is available for both breakfast and lunch. This allows Guests with breakfast or lunch reservations to pre-order their meals online, up to 30 days in advance.
Breakfast and lunch are Quick Service meals, but reservations are still highly recommended for all three dining periods. Don’t forget to try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!
‘Ohana — Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
‘Ohana, located on the top level of the Grand Ceremonial House in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, is another wildly popular restaurant on Walt Disney World property.
‘Ohana, which means “family,” is an excellent choice for guests of all ages. For breakfast, guests can rub elbows with Lilo, Stich, Mickey, and Pluto during the ‘Best Friends Breakfast Featuring Lilo and Stitch.’ This family-style feast is as popular as it is delicious!
Dinner at ‘Ohana is an all-you-care-to-enjoy Polynesian party featuring horse races, Hula dancing, and singing. Although it doesn’t include any Disney characters, it is also a hard to come by reservation, and one we strongly encourage you to make 180 days in advance!
Chef Mickey’s — Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Chef Mickey’s, located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, offers an all-you-can-eat buffet for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. This location also features expansive views of Bay Lake and Mary Blair’s 90-foot-high mural, which creates the perfect backdrop for the world-famous Monorail as it glides above the eatery.
California Grill — Disney’s Contemporary Resort
California Grill, also located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, is another in-demand reservation, especially for dinner!
With California Grill’s sweeping views of the Seven Seas Lagoon, Magic Kingdom, and Space Mountain and its delightful dining options, guests can’t seem to get enough of this dining location.
When the sun goes down, California Grill offers a phenomenal view of Happily Ever After, the Magic Kingdom fireworks spectacular. Guests are invited to step outside for an unparalleled view from the California Grill balcony, complete with the Happily Ever After soundtrack playing on its speakers. This vantage point cannot be beaten!
Note that California Grill is a Signature dining experience, so if you’re dining here with Disney Dining Plan, you’ll apply two credits to this meal.
Rose & Crown Dining Room — Epcot
Epcot’s World Showcase is home to some of the most popular restaurants in Walt Disney World property, and Rose & Crown is a fan favorite.
Besides the delicious British faire, musical entertainment, and lively bar, Guests flock to Rose & Crown at dinnertime for its unobstructed views of World Showcase Lagoon and the nighttime fireworks.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall — Epcot
Epcot’s Norway Pavilion is home to another sought-after dining experience: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.
Guests wanting to dine with Disney Princesses, but unable to grab a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table, can still dine with royalty at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall where they can feast with Snow White, Belle, Ariel, Aurora, and Cinderella.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner reservations, with breakfast being the most popular because of Guests wanting to enter World Showcase early — giving them a chance to beat the crowds at Frozen Ever After!
Oga’s Cantina — Disney’s Hollwood Studios
Oga’s Cantina, the fabulously themed Star Bars Bar/Lounge in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, is another popular reservation at Walt Disney World. In fact, it’s one of the few lounges in Walt Disney World that accepts reservations.
Oga’s Cantina offers an expansive menu of exotic concoctions for adults and young Jedis-in-training. The cantina consists mostly of standing room with very limited seating. They do accept walk-ups but be prepared to wait for a while if you choose to go this route.
We highly recommend making reservations instead. Reservations are available whenever Disney’s Hollywood Studios is open, and are just as popular in the morning as they are in the evening. Fortunately, DJ R 3-X is ready to help you party in Batuu all day long!
Victoria & Albert’s — Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience for guests 10+ years of age.
Recipient of the AAA’s highest achievement, the Five Diamond Award, this magnificent restaurant evokes another era when dining was an elegant affair — complete with a maître d’hôtel and chefs in white toques.
The restaurant is only open for dinner reservations, which are typically fully booked 180+ days in advance. The main dining room and Queen Victoria’s Room can be booked online. However, The Chef’s Table must be booked via phone by dialing (407) WDW-DVNA.
There is a strict dress code at Victoria & Albert’s, which requires a dinner jacket for men and elegant evening attire, such as a dress or pants ensemble for women. Guests wearing jeans, t-shirts, shorts, capris, flip flops, sneakers, or casual wear will not be allowed to dine at Victoria & Albert’s.
Other honorable mentions are Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, Le Cellier Steakhouse, the Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno, and The Plaza Restaurant. Many of these restaurants had notoriously hard-to-get reservations in the past, but we find them easier to reserve nowadays. However, we still recommend starting to look for reservations six months in advance.
Have you found it difficult to make reservations for any of these restaurants? Please let us know in the comments below!