If you’re planning your meals for your next Walt Disney World trip, you’ve got quite the job ahead of you!
Ever since the parks reopened, dining got a bit more complicated, with lowered capacities in table service restaurants and Mobile Order in use at nearly all quick service spots. And just to make it a little more difficult, there are some really hard-to-get dining reservations these days — and that’s the list we’re sharing today!
If you’re making Advance Dining Reservations for Disney World restaurants, you’ll want to take note of this list. Reservations can be made 60 days out, and Disney Resort guests can make reservations 60 days out plus the length of their stay (up to 10 days). The restaurants on this day’s list are the ones that will likely fill up at the 60-day mark, so you may want to save them for later in your trip if you can.
At Disney World’s original park, there are three restaurants that tend to fill up quicker than the others. Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant both offer unique experiences (dining inside castles!) that are very popular with Disney fans. Even though they’re expensive, TONS of guests want to eat here, simply for the “experience.”
The other restaurant that books up pretty quickly is the Plaza Restaurant. This spot serves up American comfort food and it’s nothing particularly unusual or special (although it IS pretty delicious!), but the dining area itself is incredibly small. The restaurant can only seat a few people at a time, so the reservations fill up FAST.
EPCOT is typically known as the park with the best food, and that’s due in large part to the wide variety of restaurants available in World Showcase. Some of the hardest-to-book include places like San Angel Inn and Teppan Edo that don’t seat very many parties. There’s also Via Napoli, which is popular among Disney guests because of the amazing Naples-style pizza.
Or, if you’re not eating in World Showcase, then good luck trying to score a reservation at Garden Grill. This restaurant in The Land is one of the few character meals available around Walt Disney World right now, so guests are snatching up those reservations quickly!
Hollywood Studios is incredibly busy these days because of all the new rides and lands, and that’s definitely reflected in the number of dining reservations available. Many days on the calendar, all restaurants are booked up all day long, but there are a few specific places that are even harder to get than others.
Hollywood & Vine is one that you won’t find very often because, like Garden Grill, it’s one of the few character meals (And the only one available where you can dine with Disney Junior characters!). There are also uniquely themed spots like 50’s Prime Time Cafe and Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater Restaurant that fill up quickly because of the atmosphere. And speaking of atmosphere, nothing beats Oga’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge — which is why you’ll hardly ever find an open reservation there!
Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are a seriously limited number of table service restaurants available. The only three that you can score reservations for are Tiffins, Rainforest Cafe, and Yak & Yeti. Because of this, it’s pretty challenging to book anything in advance for this park.
However, we have good news! If you can’t book in advance, the quick service choices here are pretty delicious (especially Satu’li Canteen and Flame Tree Barbecue!). Also, Nomad Lounge is a sit-down spot that only accepts guests through the Walk-Up Waitlist — you can book this first thing on the day of your visit by checking the My Disney Experience app or visiting the podium. And besides Nomad Lounge, Tusker House will be reopening soon, so we’ll be able to add another option to the list!
In Disney Springs, there are two big restaurants that are hard to get into: Homecomin’ and The Boathouse. It’s also important to note that if you want to visit the new cookie shop, Gideon’s Bakehouse, then you’ll need to arrive early in the day and you’ll almost certainly have to wait in a virtual queue.
And the parks aren’t the only places with good food — the Disney Resort hotels have fairly popular restaurants as well. If you’re headed to Disney’s Contemporary Resort, you’ll want to book your meal at California Grill and Chef Mickey’s as soon as you can.
At the Beach Club Resort, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is a pretty popular choice, especially since it’s just a short walk from EPCOT. And over at Disney’s Riviera Resort, you’ll find what many call the best character meal on property — Topolino’s Terrace. You’ll definitely want to snatch that one up quick!
There you have it, the most popular and hardest-to-get reservations in Disney World right now. For all the tips and advice for your upcoming trip, stay tuned to AllEars — we’ve got tons of information to share!
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