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I can’t get dinner reservations at Walt Disney World. HELP!

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“I’m a complete procrastinator, and also was very overwhelmed by Disney. I am leaving in two weeks, and I never made any dinner reservations. I don’t really want them for every night that we’re there, but there’s absolutely nothing available. What do I have to do? I have two eight-year-olds and two four-year-olds.”

The sign to the Sci Fi Dine In

It’s hard to get reservations here – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Man, it’s tough at this point. We did a little checking, and there are over 40 restaurants where you can make reservations right now. Even if you’d done it six months ago, five months ago, you might have had a hard time finding reservations for things like Cinderella’s Royal Table, Le Cellier, Chef Mickey’s, those things that book up quickly, Sci-Fi Dine-In.

Dad’s Advanced Dining Reservations page

Now I did send this lady a note, and she got back with me about what she was looking for. Told her that there are options. I mean you can always walk up and ask. She was looking specifically for the Sci-Fi Dine-In.

Dad’s Sci Fi Dine In page

Unfortunately, because the Sci-Fi Dine-In doesn’t have a lot of tables, it books very quickly. It does not have a lot of occupancy. It’s pretty much one of the hardest to book. There wasn’t any reservations at the Sci-Fi Dine-In, but at 50’s Prime Time Café, also in Disney Hollywood Studios, there was availability.

While you can’t get the big ones now, there are lots of options. There are some great, even quick, service options. I love the Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, Columbia Harbour House. There’s just all kinds of options: Sunshine Seasons in EPCOT, Tangerine Café, Animal Kingdom Flame Tree Barbecue. I’m not going to say anything about food in Disney Hollywood Studios because there’s just not a lot options there that I like. That’s just me.

Dad’s Best Quick Service Restaurants page

You’ll also be there probably, I think, during the Food and Wine Festival. I don’t know exactly your days. This Food and Wine Festival is to be going on, and that’s a great place to eat. We plan to be in there five nights while we’re there.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

The bottom line is, yes, there aren’t the big options, but there are options available.


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