How To Make A Dining Reservation On The My Disney Experience App



Click on the Reserve Dining button

Dining at the Disney parks is a little different than it used to be, and guests may be unsure on how to make a dining reservation on the My Disney Experience App. In this article we’ll be walking you through the process step by step with screenshots to will help make it easy for those looking to visit the parks and want to make a dining reservation. 

When Do I Need To Make A Reservation?

Not all dining locations in the parks will require a reservation. Some offer mobile ordering while others are still operating using a standard queue. If you’d like to learn how to make a mobile order step by step with screenshots, you can read our article: How To Use Mobile Ordering On The My Disney Experience App. However, the specialty and sit down dining locations will offer reservations, and it is best to get them as soon as possible. 

Disney Character Dining Experiences
Disney Character Dining Experiences

If character dining at Disney World is something that interests you, be sure to book as early as possible. Character dining ranks as one of the most magical experiences that can be had for guests visiting Disney theme parks, and it will always require reservations that book up pretty far in advance.

The general rule for reservations that guests should abide by, is that if you are sitting and being served by a waiter, try to make a dining reservation. Guests are able to begin booking reservations 60 days out from their ticket dates and should do so as close to the beginning of this window as they can.

Do I Need Tickets or Park Reservations?

In order to make a dining reservation, guests will be required to have valid tickets for entry, as well as park reservations. For example, if a guest wishes to make a reservation at Hollywood Brown Derby for dinner, they would need to have purchased their ticket and reserved a space at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the same day. 

How To Make The Reservation

In order to make the dining reservation, guests first will need to be sure to download the most updated version of the My Disney Experience App. Once guests are logged into the account, they can begin. We’ve added 2 different sets of steps below, one for performing a general search to see what is currently available (filtering by park, price, dining experience is optionally available), and another for making a reservation at a specific restaurant of your choice. Each step can be clicked, which will expand that step, to show a screenshot that will help guide you through the process.

Book A Dining Reservation By Searching Available Time Slots

1.) On the My Disney Experience App, tap the plus button on the bottom center.
Tap the Plus Button on the Bottom Center
Tap the Plus Button on the Bottom Center
2.) Options will pop up, then tap on the “Check Dining Availability” button.
Tap the “Check Dining Availability” Button
Tap the “Check Dining Availability” Button
3.) Filter your results, if needed. Then, select party size, date, and times.

The available restaurant options and their reservation times will appear for you to choose from. At this point, you can choose to Filter Dining Reservations by clicking the funnel icon in the lower right hand corner. This will help you refine your search to get your perfect reservation.

Tap Funnel Icon in Lower Right-Hand Corner to Start Filtering
Tap Funnel Icon in Lower Right-Hand Corner to Start Filtering
Dining Reservations Filtering Options
Dining Reservations Filtering Options
Select Party Size, Date, and Times
Select Party Size, Date, and Times
4.) Select specific time of reservation for your chosen dining location by tapping on the time slot that you would like to reserve.
Select Specific Time of Reservation for Chosen Dining Location
Select Specific Time of Reservation for Chosen Dining Location
5.) Review your reservation's location, time, contact information, attach credit card to reservation, and tap the green Book Now button.
Confirm Reservation Details Before Tapping Book Now Button
Confirm Reservation Details Before Tapping Book Now Button

If you’d like to enter any food allergies or special requests you can do so by tapping the “Add a Food Allergy or Request” button, selecting the checkboxes that apply to your situation and then tapping the blue “Save” button at the bottom of the screen.

Add a Food Allergy or Request to Dining Reservation at Disney World
Add a Food Allergy or Request to Dining Reservation at Disney World
6.) View the confirmation page. From this screen you can cancel or modify your reservation.
You can get back to this confirmation in the My Experience App at anytime by tapping the menu button (three lines icon) in the lower right hand corner of the app, then selecting the My Plans box. This will list all ParkPass reservations as well as dining reservations.

Dining Confirmation Page - Modify, Cancel, or View Dining Location on Map
Dining Confirmation Page – Modify, Cancel, or View Dining Location on Map

Book A Dining Reservation At A Specific Location

If there is a particular restaurant that a guest is hoping to book then there is a slightly different process that may be quicker than filtering through all the restaurants. 

1.) Tap the search icon in the lower right-hand corner of the app. Type in the name of the restaurant then select it from the search results list.

First, we’ve tapped the search icon in the lower right-hand corner of the app, tapped the search bar at the top of the screen next to the magnifying glass icon, then typed our desired location, in this case, “Yak & Yeti Restaurant” which is a highly reviewed dining location in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

Initiate A Dining Location Search in My Disney Experience App
2.) Click on the Reserve Dining button.
Click on the Reserve Dining button
Click on the Reserve Dining button
3.) Select party size, date, and times.
Select Party Size, Date, and Times
Select Party Size, Date, and Times
4.) Choose from the available times.
Choose from the Available Reservation Times
Choose from the Available Reservation Times
5.) Review your reservation's location, time, contact information, attach credit card to reservation, and tap the green Book Now button.
Confirm Reservation Details Before Tapping Book Now Button
Confirm Reservation Details Before Tapping Book Now Button

If you’d like to enter any food allergies or special requests you can do so by tapping the “Add a Food Allergy or Request” button, selecting the checkboxes that apply to your situation and then tapping the blue “Save” button at the bottom of the screen.

Add a Food Allergy or Request to Dining Reservation at Disney World
Add a Food Allergy or Request to Dining Reservation at Disney World
6.) View the confirmation page. From this screen you can cancel / modify your reservation.
You can get back to this confirmation in the My Experience App at anytime by tapping the menu button (three lines icon) in the lower right hand corner of the app, then selecting the My Plans box. This will list all ParkPass reservations as well as dining reservations.

Dining Confirmation Page - Modify, Cancel, or View Dining Location on Map
Dining Confirmation Page – Modify, Cancel, or View Dining Location on Map

Both options will require a credit card to book your reservation. It can either be done at the time of booking the reservation, or guests can save their credit card information in the My Disney Experience App to use to book reservations or make mobile orders at any time for added convenience.

I Didn’t Get a Reservation, Now What?

As stated, many dining locations that take reservations are very popular. There are some points in the year that the parks are not as busy, and guests will be able to book reservations the day before. However, there is the chance that guests will not be able to book a dining reservation if it is too close to the date of their trip or it is a busy time of year and there is a lot of demand. If guests are not able to secure a dining reservation, there is still hope with two other options. 

The Walk Up List

Join Walk-Up List for Disney Restaurants
Join Walk-Up List for Disney Restaurants

Many locations have the option of a Walk-Up List. The “Walk Up List” button is usually right next to the “Reserve Dining” on the My Disney Experience App. Being added to the walk up list does not guarantee a guest a spot, but it is a sort of overflow, and gives guests the chance to get into the restaurant. You can see an estimated wait time that varies based on your party size to get an idea of how long it would take to get a table at your desired restaurant. If a guest is able to get in the walk up list, they will need to be at the dining location to be seated within a certain time frame or their table will be given to the next in line.

Ask A Cast Member at The Restaurant

Another option that guests have is to go to the restaurant and ask if there are any tables available. Although there will most likely be nothing right away, many Cast Members try to carve out space for guests who ask for it, and will give a reservation away within a few hours. Again, this option is not a guarantee, but actually works more often than not.

Let’s Review

Making a dining reservation on the My Disney Experience App is streamlined and easy. It is also a great way to guarantee a lovely sit down meal. The top things to remember are:

  • Be sure to have your tickets and park reservations first.
  • Book 60 days out from your park reservations.
  • Search generally for restaurant availability, or by specific restaurants.
  • Add yourself to the Walk Up List on the App if you could not get a reservation.

Have you made a dining reservation on the My Disney Experience App before? Did you find it easy? Let us know your thoughts on the process below.

Written by

Rachel Van Norman


Contributing Writer

Rachel fell deeply in love with all things Disney as a little girl. Now as a wife and a mother herself, she shares this Disney obsession with her son and everyone around her. From her love of princesses to eating all the Disney food, Rachel spends her time radiating Disney magic and keeping everyone up to date on Disney news.

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