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Toughest Dining Reservations in Walt Disney World

We love eating at Walt Disney World and being able to schedule some table-service meals during our Disney vacation is a must-do.  Having time scheduled to sit down, relax, and enjoy some air conditioning is extremely important to our plans.

Most meals at Walt Disney World are fantastic; however, there are some table-service locations that are extremely hard to get.  If you are wanting to eat at one of these top dining locations in Walt Disney World, you will want to be ready to make those reservations.

Reservations go live on My Disney Experience 60 days ahead of time typically between 5:45 am EST and 6:00 am EST.  For these extremely popular choices, you will want to be logged on and ready to go at that time or earlier.

These top dining locations offer a combination of unique meals, character dining, and entertainment.  They are popular for different reasons, but each will require a little bit of effort to enjoy.

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Topolino’s Terrace- Disney’s Riviera Resort

When Disney’s Riviera Resort opened at Walt Disney World the table-service restaurant, Topolino’s Terrace, quickly became a Guest favorite.  Located at the top of the Resort, Guests get an amazing view of Walt Disney World that even includes some fireworks on occasion.

Guests absolutely love the character breakfast.  During this meal, Guests are joined by Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy as they show off their artistic costumes.  These are absolutely adorable and one of the best character experiences in Walt Disney World.

The breakfast food is outstanding with delicious pastries to start and a variety of excellent entrees to choose from.  This is an amazing way to start your morning.

For dinner, Topolino’s Terrace transforms into a signature dining location offering an upscale experience.  Guests can enjoy a glass of wine while they enjoy the amazing views and outstanding entrees.

No matter when you want to eat here, you might have to do a little work to find a reservation.

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Space 220-  EPCOT

One of the newest dining locations in Walt Disney World is Space 220 found in EPCOT.  The uniqueness of this table-service location has made it super popular and hard to get into.

Guests want to experience the space elevator and amazing views from high above EPCOT while they enjoy their meal.

Both lunch and dinner are prie-fix menus that offer a combination of appetizer, entree, and dessert depending on if you go for lunch or supper.

A lounge is also an option if you have members of your party that are over 21.  At the lounge, you aren’t required to do the set menu giving you more options and the ability to enjoy the atmosphere without a large meal.

Because of how unique and new Space 220 is, the reservations are going extremely fast.  We anticipate this to continue as EPCOT becomes even busier with the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind later this month.

Be Our Guest
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Be Our Guest- Magic Kingdom

The Beast’s castle continues to be an extremely popular dining location in the Magic Kingdom.  No opening around 10 am each day, Guests are given even more opportunities to eat in the three different dining areas.

Keep in mind that the menu continues to be a set one much like Space 220.  This is different than what lunch was previously.

As Guests continue to want to enjoy the beautiful dining areas and check out the gray stuff, Be Our Guest remains a tough one to snag after 60 days.

Oga’s Cantina- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This one might seem strange as it isn’t a true sit-down location but more of a lounge.  Star War fans continue to enjoy a drink or two at Oga’s during their visit to Batuu in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Star Wars fans love the atmosphere of the cantina as well as the many special drinks that can be ordered while visiting.

Keep in mind that Oga’s is often open until 10 pm giving Guests the opportunity to visit often after Disney’s Hollywood Studios has closed.

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Story Book Dining at Artist Point- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge 

Disney Guests love the opportunity to meet Snow White, the Evil Queen, Dopey, and Grumpy at this evening meal.  Guests dine in the Enchanted Forest and are able to chat with some fun, unique Disney characters as they do so.

Because it is only open from 4 pm to 9 pm, it makes it extremely difficult to snag a reservation.  Be flexible and keep checking if you want to experience this meal at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

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Steakhouse 71- Disney’s Contemporary Resort

A new extremely popular dining option is at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  Taking place of The Wave, Steakhouse 71 has quickly become hard to get reservations.

Guests are loving the look back at 1971 when Walt Disney World opened with the decor and the food options that were Walt’s favorites.

Opened all day, Steakhouse 71 is a fantastic option for eating on days when you are at Magic Kingdom.  If you can’t get into the main dining, consider doing a walk-up for the lounge.

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Popular Choices to Come

There are two more dining reservations that we think will be extremely hard in the future to get.  Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is scheduled to be back to a great time on June 23rd.  Reservations will be opening up on May 26th and we anticipate them to go quickly.

This show has been around for years and we are thrilled to have the dinner show coming back to Disney’s Fort Wilderness this summer.  The all you care to eat food is outstanding and the show is one of the best.

Also, scheduled to come this year is Roundup Rodeo BBQ.  Although we don’t have a specific date, we know that fans will be thrilled to eat at the new sit-down location in Toy Story Land.  Whenever this because available, we know that times will go quickly.

Those are currently the toughest dining reservations to get in Walt Disney World.  If you are wanting to experience one of them during your next vacation, we highly recommend being ready to go at the 60-day mark.  Good Luck!


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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