Dad is Retiring!

We’ll be closing this site on December 31, 2020.

As of June 2, 2020, we’ll no longer be updating content. But don’t worry - Dad’s friends can still help with all your Disney dreaming, planning, and booking needs!

Thank you for your support of Dad’s Guide to WDW for the past 11 years!

The Secret to Disney Dining Reservations

by Chris
(Signal Mountain, TN)

 577  7  1  595  1


“Dining – I started at 8am, 180 days out, for 6 days and couldn’t get a dinner reservation for Be Our Guest or Ohana’s. What’s the secret?”


The outside of Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest is really cool – Photo by Mike BIllick

Hey Chris,

Pretty frustrating right? Been there.

Making Advanced Disney Dining Reservations for several restaurants at Disney World can be hard. In fact, sometimes it’s downright impossible.

Dad’s Advanced Dining Reservations page

Judging from when you sent your question in, you were probably trying to make reservations for late October. That’s a busy time at WDW, and usually during busy times several restaurants book up early.

Yes, starting at 8 am, 2 hours after the booking window opened is a factor. It’s pretty important to be online right at 6:00 Eastern Time to get the best chance of getting those hard to get reservations.

What to do now

So what can you do now to get a hard to get Advanced Dining Reservation?

There are 3 things you can do:

  • First, keep trying. You’d be amazed how many people will cancel reservations especially a day or less before the date. I’d check every day, multiple times per day.
  • TouringPlans has a “reservation finder tool” that will send you an email if a reservation becomes available. It’s pretty cool and worth a subscription if you don’t have one.
  • Cry… no, I mean to show up at the restaurant and see if they have any openings. Crying might help (probably not). The chances aren’t good but it’s worth a shot.

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

Chris, the bottom line is, the secret to making hard to get Advanced Dining reservations is… “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”. As Dory would say, just keep trying, just keep trying…


 577  7  1  595  1


Return to Ask Dad.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

18 + thirteen =