How to Reserve Seats at a Heavily Populated Disney Park Restaurant

Three Parts:12 Months Prior6 Months PriorArrival Date (Within Park)

Ever want to have a nice family dinner at one of those popular Disney park resorts? Worried you won't be able to get a table though? Fear not! This fun-filled guide will teach you how to get a reservation at these high class establishments.

Part 1
12 Months Prior

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    Begin planning your vacation. Between planning airline, car rental and hotel accommodations and even booking some park tickets.
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    Realize that it's easy to forget small things. Try to plan on a piece of paper and write down everything you'll ever potentially need to solve for your trip. Even try to make a list of restaurants that are located near the hotel (if staying off Disney property) or restaurants in the hotel (if staying on Disney property) and park.
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    Research some of the most busiest places in some of the tour guide books available. You'll need to know what restaurants are super-busy and heavily populated when the guidebook tells you to order a seat in advance.
    • Generally, a Walt Disney World Restaurant is heavily populated because of an underlying theme is well-played out to every park visitor at every visit. Others have a theme, but it's not played out as well.

Part 2
6 Months Prior

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    Determine which parks you'll be visiting, and which dining experiences you're thinking about using the restaurant for. Is it going to be breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack during the day?
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    Think in terms of the time you'll need to spend determining the approximate time you'd like to arrive at the location. Is this for a whole meal or is this a fast-take out experience?
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    Call the number for the Walt Disney World Company. Generally, the number, no matter where you are calling from, is (407) 939-1936 (for Disney World)[1] or (714) 781-DINE(at Disneyland) [2].
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    Mention to the clerk that you were going through a book that mentioned you'd need to book a reservation this far in advance and you'd like to book one now.
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    Have the clerk initiate the rest of the conversation.
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    Give her the details to which restaurants, on what days, and at approximately what time you are planning to be there.
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    Realize that you can also set up these reservations at either the Disneyland website or the Walt Disney World website, so no hope is lost, if some worst thing ever happens.

Part 3
Arrival Date (Within Park)

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    Plan on arriving to the location approximately 15 minutes earlier than your expected time. Sometimes, even those holding reservations, tend to get pushed to the side for a few minutes past their reservation time.
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    Be sure to bring information in regards to proof of exact time of your restaurant reservation.

Tips

  • Early is always better, but Disney typically only allows reservations to be made within the park itself.
  • Make sure everyone in your party knows about the reservations and what the plan is.

Warnings

  • Disney restaurants offer a premium service and the price is adjusted to match. Be sure to check the menu prices when making your reservations so that you can afford it.

Article Info

Categories: Disneyland and Disney World