Why You Don’t NEED Reservations to Visit Disney World’s Newest Restaurants

Between Disney’s new park pass reservation system, booking a hotel, and navigating the virtual queue system, guests have to juggle a LOT of reservations in Disney World! But what about those times when your schedule just can’t fit a dining reservation?

Space 220 Restaurant

Fear not! Disney World has a wide selection of lounges, which you can visit in both the parks and resorts without a reservation!  

If you’re dying to try some of Disney’s newest restaurants, like Steakhouse 71 and Space 220, visit a lounge to bypass the hassle of making a reservation!

Don’t be scared away from lounge life just because a location is known as a bar! All of the lounges we’re recommending have a menu full of unique eats and tasty bites, and kids are welcome, too. 

Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Some lounges even have an entire kid’s menu!

Steakhouse 71 Lounge

Steakhouse 71 recently replaced The Wave restaurant in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and we’re big fans of the makeover! The lounge is mainly made up of bar seating, but there are a few tables and chairs as well. 

Steakhouse 71 Lounge

Now the real question is, what’s on the menu? So let’s take a look! 


Steakhouse 71’s lounge menu features the Steakhouse 71 Stack Burger, PB&J Chicken Wings, Lump Crab Cakes, and more! Disney’s culinary team created a menu full of classic (retro) American foods for this new restaurant, and the lounge menu has plenty of amazing options as well.

Steakhouse 71 Stack Burger

If you want to take in the atmosphere of Steakhouse 71 and enjoy the foods and drinks without a reservation, find a spot at the lounge and give this new restaurant a try! 

Space 220 Lounge

Space 220 is a totally unique and immersive restaurant that makes you feel like you’re really up in space! While the dinner menu consists of some fresh and interesting dishes, the price tag is pretty hefty at $79 per person (it’s a prix fixe menu). 

Dining in space is next-level!

So, if you want to dine in space, but don’t want to commit to a two-course meal, check out the lounge! Are you sensing a theme here?

Space 220 Lounge

Admittedly, the Space 220 lounge menu is much smaller than the full menu; there are six different bites to choose from at the lounge. That being said, the menu has some fun little foods, like Astro Deviled Eggs and a fried chicken and waffle combo. 

Astro deviled eggs

EPCOT has a ton of amazing restaurants and food booths, but only one in space! 

Enchanted Rose 

Enchanted Rose is our first bar suggestion, but don’t worry — food is also served here!

Visit the Enchanted Rose for an elegant lounge experience!

This upscale bar located at the Grand Floridian Resort is definitely geared toward adults. Enchanted Rose’s food menu is made up of appetizer-sized foods like truffle fries, house-made flatbread, and smoked short rib sliders.  

House-Made Flatbread

This bar is targeted toward adults looking for a quiet place to enjoy a snack after a day in the Magic Kingdom, and it delivers on this promise!  (Kids are allowed, however, if you’ve got kiddos in tow!)

Nomad Lounge

Guests have fallen in love with Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom; the lounge has become a fan-favorite dining location.

This lounge is tucked away in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Between the quiet location right on the water and the incredible menu, it’s easy to see why Nomad Lounge is such a beloved dining spot. 

The patio has lots of seating!

There are a few standout items on the menu, like the Tiffins bread service and the churros, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu! 

These churros are so good!

This location is also very kid-friendly — it’s one of the few lounges with an entire kids menu! 

Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the next stop on our list, and this time we’re recommending the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge! 

The lounge is right outside by the entrance!

The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge is an outdoor dining location with some of the Brown Derby’s most popular menu items! Craving that iconic cobb salad, but don’t want to spend the time at a sit-down reservation? Head to the lounge instead! 

There’s lots of lounge seating!

As is the case with all the bars and lounges on this list, the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge doesn’t require a reservation, so just walk up to the lounge and see if it has availability! Odds are that you will be able to snag a seat pretty quickly! 

Dahlia Lounge

Finally, we had to give a shoutout to one of the prettiest lounges in Disney World: Dahlia Lounge. 

We told you it was stunning!

Dahlia Lounge is located in the Gran Destino Tower, which is part of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. (Totally underrated, by the way

There are so many beautiful details!

Dine at this rooftop lounge if you like Spanish cuisine and tapas, or if you’re looking for a stunning view of Disney World you probably have never seen before! 

Dahlia Lounge Tapas ©Disney

This is one of those lounges that feels more adult-themed, so we would recommend this for a date night.  

Come here if you’re a couple!

As you can see, you don’t NEED a dining reservation to find a great place to eat in Disney World. There are plenty of lounges just waiting for you!

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Do you have a favorite lounge in Disney World? Let us know in the comments!

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2 Replies to “Why You Don’t NEED Reservations to Visit Disney World’s Newest Restaurants”

  1. For Space 220, do you have to stand in the long check in line to go to the lounge or do you just walk on in past everyone?