Our kids know about our Disney World trip thanks to a Magical Surprise I put together. Fast forward and we have hit our 180 mark. All Disney fans knows this means one thing: time to book the Advanced Dining Reservations!
This is the entrance to the Beast's castle, home of one of the most wanted ADRs out there: Be Our Guest.
Tips to Get the Advanced Dining Reservations You Want at Walt Disney World
Last trip, we were able to get all the reservations we wanted, including the elusive Be Our Guest dinner. The morning of our 180 day mark I woke up early and not the least bit Grumpy about it. My plan ahead mentality worked, and I was able to get all the ADRs we wanted this time too. 180 days out also means you can book extras like The Bippity Boppity Boutique, special tours, and events. Knowing that the BBB books up quickly I snagged that too on the same day we have dinner with the Princesses. Ahhh can't wait…but I'm distracting myself.
The purpose of this post is to let you in on how I was able to get those ADRs. I have read in several Facebook groups as well as listened to friends who are going talk about having a hard time getting their choices. This isn't a post to say I have all the answers and it is completely foolproof. It is merely to say this is what has always worked for me and I hope it will help you plan your next trip too.
I believe with a little planning and pixie dust you can get the ADRs your family wants. Here are some tips to maximize your dining experience at Walt Disney World.
Plan in Advance. Fortune favors the
- After your vacation is booked start researching what places you want to eat. That can be hard believe me! There has never been a place I have eaten at that I did not love.
- Once you pick the places, start thinking what days and times you want to eat where. Have a time frame in mind, as you might not be able to get an exact time to match your notes. This will be your guide for when you actually pick out your reservations.
Be Up and Awake for your 180 Day Mark. Set the alarm and be ready to go.
- You can begin making reservations for your entire vacation at the 180 day mark.
- That rough draft you did earlier comes into play here. You can either call Disney World Reservations at 7am EST or you can start booking online at 6am EST. I got up bright and early and did the online reservations
- Keep in mind the places that are harder to get reservations for. For example: Be Our Guest dinner and Cinderella's Royal Table breakfast. It is typically easier to get these types of reservations later on into your vacation versus the first few days you are there.
Character meals can fill up quickly based on the crowd levels for your visit. This is one of my favorites, breakfast with Mickey and friends at Chef Mickey's located in the Contemporary Resort.
Be Ready. Never hurts to be prepared.
- To hold reservations you have to have a credit card. With the exception of a few table services, your card is not charged. If you don't have one already on file with your My Disney Experience account, have it handy when you're booking.
- Double check your computer the night before. Have it on and the website loaded. You can also make reservations over the phone or on the My Disney Experience App on your phone.
Never Give Up. If at first you don't succeed, try try (try try try try) again.
- Just like all our favorite Disney heroes, we can't lose hope when things don't exactly go our way.
- If you were unable to get the reservation you wanted leave the day open. Keep calling, checking the website, and the app. I know plenty of folks who were able to snag a table just by having the perseverance to just keep swimming!
- If you are still unable to get one before you leave, don't lose hope. Walking up to a restaurant when it opens that day, can sometimes get you a table.
- For places like Be Our Guest, you can also eat there for quick service lunch. It is not the same as dinner exactly, but you still get to see the inside of the castle and enjoy their amazing desserts.
- In the end if you don't make it into your favorite restaurant any of the other choices out there are great too!
What is your favorite place to eat at Walt Disney World? Or do you want to know where I recommend for certain cuisines? Leave me a comment, I can talk Disney all day!
Oh these are special treats when visiting Disney. Love that you can book your reservations so far out.
We are hoping to go on a Disney trip in the next two years (got to get my son over his fear of characters with the big cartoon heads). Obviously he could care less about the fairy or princess part of Disney, so what other dining experiences would be good for a family with a son?
I’m all about getting my advanced dining reservations at Walt Disney World for sure!!
Hi Katrina! Hollywood and Vine breakfast and lunch offer character dining in Hollywood Studios- Jake, Sophia, Handy Manny, and Doc McStuffins. Also Chef Mickey’s for Mickey and friends, Ohana’s at the Polynesian Resort breakfast features Lilo and Stitch. Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom is Winnie the Pooh and friends.
There are a lot of character dining options.
On the My Disney Experience site you can sort dining by character experience and read which characters are present at the meals and also view the menus for each venue.
Melissa @ Stockpiling Moms
I always make my dining reservations before my hotel reservation. It is that important to me to be sure we get what we want 🙂 Thanks for these Disney Dining Tips!
Love how they carried Mickey over in to so many food items. It looks like it would really add to the experience.
We loved Tusker House at Animal Kingdom, but it’s been a while.
Wow, great information! We are planning a Disney trip next year so this is very helpful in planning our vacation! Thank You!
Myrah Falco Duque
Wow! I never knew it was that difficulT Thanks for the heads up.
Thanks for sharing your post! These are great tips! I’m going to bookmark this page so I will have it for my next adventure to Disney! Your pictures made me hungry lol 🙂
Neat. We visit the Orlando area once a year, nice to know about reservations.
Wow, these are great and some pretty amazing tips!
Yum, I really want to go to Disney WOrld as an adult. I haven’t been since I was a teen. I think I’d go there for all this food alone!
I heard the food here is incredible! great tips thanks
Yes, the food sounds the best to me and I really didn’t know that you had to go through so many hoops just to get a table in one of the restaurants. It must be a very personalized experience and very popular with everyone! I just went to Disneyland this last summer and we ate at one of the fast-food places. A burger, fries, side and a drink was something like $30 per person. Yikes!
Great tips. I wished I had all this great information when we went to Disney. It can definitely be a challenge getting reservations