Across the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme parks, as well as at Disney Springs, Disney offers an array of treats, cuisines, and themes to suit every Guest on their magical Disney vacation.
But with crowds increasing and capacity limits loosening, many Disney Guests are struggling to get those coveted reservations at the most popular restaurants on property. Any sit-down dining location on Walt Disney World property has an Advanced Dining Reservation option on the My Disney Experience app, which opens 60 days prior to arrival.
Here, we list the hardest to find dining reservations at Walt Disney World, with some little tips on how to snag a table.
Be Our Guest
Fans of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast (1991) can’t wait to try the grey stuff at this fan-favorite restaurant located in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Fantasyland’s Be Our Guest Restaurant consistently enchants Guests wishing to be treated like royalty as they step into the setting of the classic Disney animated film.
Made up of three differently-themed rooms in the Beast’s Castle – the Grand Ballroom, the Castle Gallery; and the dark West Wing, complete with an enchanted rose – the restaurant offers a French-inspired lunch or dinner in royal style. Be Our Guest has seen changes since its reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic, losing its quick service offering and its breakfast menu. When the restaurant reopened after its March 2020 closure, it only offered lunch and dinner, recently adding brunch to its menu.
With its amazing theming and atmosphere, the restaurant is infamous for difficult-to-find dining reservations, particularly for those early ones before the Magic Kingdom Park opens.
Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort continues to be a must do dining experience at Walt Disney World. The character breakfast offered here is one of the best onsite, where Guests can see Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy in their artistic outfits as they dance around the dining room.
Not only is it wonderful to see these popular Disney characters, but the food is delicious as well. Guests start with amazing pastries and then can order from a variety of entrees. For dinner, Topolino’s transforms into a signature dining location where Guests can enjoy an amazing meal while taking in beautiful views of the Walt Disney World Resort.
Dining reservations for Topolino’s Terrace at the top of the Riviera Resort go very, very quickly, so make sure to be refreshing the My Disney Experience app regularly to get a table here.
Anticipation for Walt Disney World’s newest restaurant reached galactic heights back in September 2021 when it launched at EPCOT.
Space 220 is Disney’s out-of-this-world restaurant located next to Mission: SPACE and features great theming and a constellation of cocktail options. On Disney dining standards, the restaurant is pretty expensive, serving only a fixed price two or three-course meal to those lucky Guests able to get a reservation.
It’s surprising, with its high cost, that this restaurant is a popular dining reservation, but nothing beats a good bit of Disney immersive theming. For dinner, this fixed price menu can prove rather costly for large families, with the three-course meal costing $79 per person. Disney started accepting advance reservations for the cheaper Space 220 Lounge option, but even those reservations are hard to find, even 60 days out.
Oga’s Cantina is the highly-themed bar located in Batuu at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The Star Wars-themed land is set between Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017) and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) in the Star Wars timeline, and features two attractions – Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run and the continually popular Rise of the Resistance. Reservations for Oga’s are difficult to snag, with many Star Wars fans settling on early morning drinking just to get into the sought-after alcohol destination at Walt Disney World.
Often, last-minute dining reservations for Oga’s Cantina pop up on the My Disney Experience app, so keep an eye out for those close to your Disney vacation.
Tusker House Restaurant
Tusker House Restaurant, located in Harambe Village in Africa, features a unique breakfast, lunch, and dinner service in a beautiful setting with Disney character interactions. Guests can look forward to meeting Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck in their safari gear, alongside an extensive buffet with African specialty foods.
Dining reservations are difficult to get for Animal Kingdom’s Tusker House, especially with its character dining and the option of Jungle Juice! We recommend trying to get this reservation at the 60 day mark, as soon as soon you know which day you’ll be visiting the zoological theme park.
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Cinderella’s Royal Table
Located inside Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom Park, there’s no guessing why Cinderella’s Royal Table often makes the top list of hardest dining reservations in Lake Buena Vista.
With Disney princess meet and greets, amazing dishes, and the beloved Chocolate Glass Slipper Dessert on offer, Guests continue to pay for one of Disney’s most expensive meals on property.
If you time your dinner right, you may be able to enjoy Magic Kingdom’s newest nighttime spectacular, Disney Enchantment, from your table. There’s nothing quite like experiencing fireworks from inside Cinderella Castle itself!
Honorable mentions on the hard-to-find dining reservations list at the Walt Disney World Resort include Chef Mickey’s character dining at the Contemporary Resort, ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Sebastian’s Bistro at the Caribbean Beach Resort, and Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs.
Our best tip for getting a difficult dining reseravtion is to look at the last minute. Many people will book multiple reservations for the same day only to cancel just 24 hours prior to dining. 24 hours prior to reservation time is the cancellation policy to avoid any costly fees, and usually this is $10 per person.
So, the day before your desired reservation date, go into the My Disney Experience app and search for dining reservations. Keep refreshing, as you will certainly see multiple reservations pop up! Good luck!