That can be a little stressful, especially if you want to grab a reservation for those hard-to-get restaurants. Well, now it might be a little LESS stressful and a lot easier.
We previously shared that Disney was changing advance dining reservations in both Disneyland and Disney World to make it easier to find and book reservations on the Disney World and Disneyland websites and the Disneyland app and My Disney Experience apps.
We already noticed that change happening in Disneyland, but the change is now available in Disney World. Previously, you were only able to search for a reservation at a specific time and the results you got were very limited to timeslots around that time. Now, though, when you search for reservations on the Disney World website or app, you will see ALL available reservation times for that dining location.
The dining reservation system update is starting to rollout to the Walt Disney World website and apps. Not all users will see the new system during the initial rollout.
Here's a before and after example when searching for lunch tomorrow at 50's Prime Time Café. Big improvement. pic.twitter.com/CXW4O8mWFq
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) August 17, 2023
Now, reservation availability is also sorted by meal period, whether that be for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Many AllEars team members have checked for this change, but we haven’t seen it update on our end yet — just be warned that it may take a bit for this change to show up for you.
UPDATE: Some of our team members finally saw this change go live in the Walt Disney World app (My Disney Experience). Keep in mind that your app may not feature the update yet. But if it does, you’ll want to hit the “+” sign on the bottom of the app and select “Check Dining Availability.”
Then you’ll be met with a screen asking about your party size.
After you select that, you’ll pick your date…
…and then the time you want the reservation. You can search for reservations available at ANY time during the day, or those available in the morning, afternoon…
The app then displays the available times at the applicable restarurants.
As you search, you might see an option to show even MORE available times.
You can see which reservation times are available versus those that are greyed out.
You can also filter the reservations by location…
…cuisine, price range…
…and even Dining Plan availability (for once the Dining Plan returns in 2024).
This should make it easier to score reservations at Disney World restaurants, not to mention, help you find times — whenever they may be — for those reservations that are more difficult to get.
So keep that in mind if you’ll be making reservations soon for a Disney World restaurant.
If you can’t decide where you want to eat, you can also visit our restaurant reviews page to see what other AllEars readers JUST LIKE YOU thought of a restaurant.
We’ll keep you updated on any more Disney World and Disneyland changes that come up, so be sure to check back with AllEars again soon!
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