JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Dining Reservations at Disney World


With the new packages being released for next year at Disney World, I thought it might be a good time to address a very important part of the Disney planning process – Dining Reservations.

Currently, dining reservations at Disney open up at 180 days – that’s 6 months in advance. Who actually books that far in advance? LOTS of people. (Myself included!) And if you want a hard to get restaurant, you’ll need to do it too. It just breaks my heart when people are set on a specific restaurant, but they don’t know about booking dining so far in advance.

Sometimes people think that maybe they’ll be able to do walk-ups while they’re at Disney World. Don’t count on it. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but if it’s a busy season or a popular restaurant, you will not get a walk-up. Or (if you’re lucky) you might, but it’ll be a three and a half hour wait for a table.

The best thing to do is book some reservations at the 6 month mark, then you can always try to change your mind closer to the trip. (Based on availability, of course.) But at least that way, you’ll know that you have somewhere to eat on that given day. And the larger your group, the more trouble it will be to get a table. If you have a large group, do not wait to make your dining reservations. Do it as close as you can to the 6 month mark.

Which restaurants seem to book up the quickest? Many of the character meals book up fast – especially Chef Mickey’s and Cinderella’s Royal Table. As far as non-character meals, Be Our Guest is the hardest to get reservation on property.  It’s the restaurant in the Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland.  Also hard to get is Le Cellier.  This is a small steakhouse in Canada in Epcot that is VERY popular. If you want a prime dining time, be ready to book exactly at your 180 day window.

Another very difficult restaurant to book is Ohana at the Polynesian resort. It is crazy popular and very hard to get into. Usually resort restaurants don’t fill up as quickly as the park restaurants, but this one is an exception to that for sure. Coral Reef can be hard to get too, but won’t fill up as fast as Be Our Guest, Le Cellier, and Ohana.

***Updated 2016


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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