When it comes to food at Disney it is not just your typical theme park food. They have delicious, immersive, and just overall amazing dining experiences. While you can find great quick service places to eat, there are also phenomenal sit down restaurants. The catch is, for the most part, there is no just walking up and getting seated at Disney, you really do need to make reservations ahead of time. Disneyland is a bit easier to get last-minute reservations but for Walt Disney World you really do need to make your reservations as far ahead as possible. Dining reservations open up 180 days in advance, 180 days +10 days if you are staying on property. As crazy as it sounds popular WDW restaurants require a 180-day out reservation. That being said, I want to talk about tips on making ADRs that will help enhance your vacation.
Review menus before you make reservations – make sure before you make reservations you are checking out the menus online. The last thing you want is to show up at a restaurant and realize the menu does not work for one or more members of your party. Keep in mind that some of the restaurants in WDW have more unique menu items that may not appeal to everyone.
Think about how many sit down meals you want to have throughout your trip – It may seem like a good idea to fill your days with sit down lunches and dinners, but in reality that does take a few hours out of each day. On the other hand it can be a great way to get a break from the hectic day. So think about your party’s goals and decide how many reservations you want throughout your trip.
Plan your reservations based on your schedule – If you aren’t familiar with the WDW resort area, it is HUGE. So when planning your dining reservations you want to think about timing and location. If you are spending the day at Animal Kingdom, you do not want to make a 5 pm dining reservation at Magic Kingdom, which could take over an hour to get to. Also note that in order to have reservations in a different park you must have a park hopper pass.
Make your reservations at 180 days – If there are must have reservations for you, make them when reservations open. You can always modify or cancel at a later date but if you miss out on the reservation you may not get one later.
Keep checking for reservations – if you have your heart set on a specific restaurant but couldn’t snag a reservation, don’t freak out! Keep checking the app even up to the day or. People cancel and change reservations all of the time so it is not unusual to get lucky at the last-minute.
These are my biggest tips for ADRs at Walt Disney World. What are your thoughts? Do you have any tips for making your reservations?