10 Disney Dining Reservations You Need to Make at 180 Days

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Making your Disney ADRs {Advanced Dining Reservations} is a must if you have the Disney Dining Plan.  Can you imagine the chaos-and time wasted-if Disney didn’t strongly encourage you to make these at 180 days in advance?  If you are like me, you are up at 6AM on the Disney website, logged into your My Disney Experience making ADRs for those hard to get restaurants.  What defines “hard to get” by Disney standards?  Popularity, times available, and location are all factors when it comes to making reservations.  Today I am going to share with you the Ten Disney Dining Reservations You Need to Make at 180 Days prior to arrival.

Be Our Guest:  As the newest restaurant on Disney property, and as part of the new Fantasyland expansion, Be Our Guest is nearly impossible to get if you do not try to get it at 180 days.  To get this reservation, keep in mind that they only serve one meal as table service.  Lunch is quick service, and can be FastPassed.  To get a reservation, try for a few days into your trip, as opposed to the beginning.  And, don’t try for a Mickey’s Not so Scary or a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party night.  If this is a priority for you, then this is the one you should try first.

Cinderella’s Royal Table:  Cinderella’s Royal Table still is a very popular location for princess dining-and eating in Cinderella’s Castle is a “must” for a lot of Disney travelers.   Since Cinderella’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you do have a wide variety of times.  However, that doesn’t take away from its popularity-particularly if you are timing it with a Bibbiddi Bobbidi Boutique reservation at the castle.

Chef Mickey’s:  Chef Mickey’s serves breakfast and dinner at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  This location is extremely popular, as it houses the “Fab Five”.  Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto all at one meal.   Like Cinderella’s Royal Table, a challenge with Chef Mickey’s can be “timing”.  Many families try to time this so they can see Wishes afterward, or get to the Magic Kingdom at a decent time in the morning.   This is a GREAT dining location for your first or last days of your trip.

California Grill:  California Grill is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  This is a very popular restaurant-particularly with couples who are looking for a nice evening out.  They also only serve dinner, so your times for this location are limited.  If you dine before the fireworks, you can bring back your receipt and be readmitted to enjoy Wishes from here.  How fun!

TRex:  TRex is located at Downtown Disney.  You may not think that this would be a popular location, but it can be! Since they are open later into the evening, sometimes the “good” dinner times are taken quickly.  So if you want a time for a more reasonable dinner, like before 9PM, you should make this one a priority as well.    They serve lunch and dinner, an the prehisotric atmosphere is very popular with families!

Le Cellier Steakhouse:  Le Cellier Steakhouse is located at Disney’s EPCOT park in the Canada pavilion of World Showcase.  Widely known for the “best steak on Disney property”, Le Cellier is a very popular restaurant.  They serve lunch and dinner here.  Many guests enjoy the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, as well as the wide selection of steak offerings.

Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party:  While not exactly a “restaurant” experience, this popular dessert buffet at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park is very popular and sometimes hard to get.   Served at the Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant, and with an impressive view of Wishes while you eat all the dessert you can, this dining experience is a fun event for the whole family.  You do need to pay for it in advance when you book it.

Yak and Yeti Restuarant:  I’m sure there are more “difficult” locations to get an ADR for.  But, Yak and Yeti make the list anyway.   This location serves lunch and dinner at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.  I chose this because it is only open as late as Animal Kingdom is open.  So, if you are planning a meal here for dinner, and Animal Kingdom closes at 5PM that evening, be sure to get your reservation ASAP.

O’hana:  O’hana is located at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  This restaurant is VERY popular-it’s the only location where you can dine with Lilo and Stitch!  They only serve breakfast with these two feisty characters, and dinner is a traditional Hawaiian experience!  Another factor that makes it difficult is timing it for Wishes. If you want a dinner that coincides with Wishes, try to make an earlier dinner and watch Wishes from the Polynesian Resort beach area.

Sanaa:  While in the same location as Boma, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Sanaa is one of the more popular locations because of the view.  We all know that Disney dining is an experience!  Sanaa is no exception.  The views of the animals and bird species is nothing short of impressive.

I hope this list has saved you some frustration, and has helped you prioritize your Disney Dining Reservations!  Being prepared as early as possible will make it stress free and easy!

Carrie is a Vacation Specialist with Destinations in Florida-the preferred Earmarked agency of Chip and Co.   She is always ready to help you and your family create lasting memories on your next Disney vacation, Disney Cruise adventure. or Disneyland trip.  Carrie specializes in families of five or more-from first hand experience, she knows how to plan a trip for a family of 5!  Contact her today at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com for a free quote and to get your Disney trip planning started. Mention Chip and Co for a free gift when you book your trip with her!  




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  1. I’ve almost always been able to get TRex reservations the day before or the day of–you just have to actually pick up the phone and call. The MDE app and website aren’t helpful at all with respect to this particular restaurant, I’ve found.

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