Getting Advanced Dining Reservations as early as possible has long been a pro-move at Walt Disney World. Knowing the earliest time you can make an ADR at Disney World can mean the difference between getting a table for dinner at Be Our Guest and grabbing a burger at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (no offense, Sonny Eclipse). For most of Disney World’s restaurants, you definitely want to get a dining reservation ahead of time, as same-day reservations can be hard to come by. For the most in-demand Disney World restaurants like Space 220 and Ohana, getting reservations as early as possible is a requirement.

If you haven’t been to Disney World in awhile, how early you can make a reservation has changed. So in this part of the Guide 2 Disney World Dining Reservations, we are going over everything you need to know about making dining reservations as early as possible at Disney World.

Update April 6, 2022 – Added a note about Disney World Resort guests.

How many days ahead of time do Disney World dining reservations open up?

The window for Advanced Dining Reservations at Disney World is 60 days ahead of time. As a rule of thumb, you should try to start planning your Disney World trip at least two months ahead of time in order to be able to get all the dining reservations you want for your vacation.

What time can you make dining reservations at Disney World?

Set your alarm early! While the reservation phone line opens at 7:00 am ET, you can start making reservations using the Disney World app or website starting at 5:45 am ET 60 days ahead of time.This is just one reason why we recommend using the app to make dining reservations.

Can Disney World Resort Guests make reservations early?

Disney World Resort Guests actually have a bit of a leg up when it comes to dining reservations. Resort guests can make dining reservations for their entire vacation starting from 60 days before the first day of their trip. This is an amazing Disney World Resort perk for two reasons:

  • You get earlier access for the latter days of your trip. If you’re staying 5 nights, you can actually make a reservation for the final day of your trip 64 days ahead of time. You’ll have an easier time finding hard to get reservations on these days, so we recommend making your dining reservations starting from the end of your trip and working backwards.
  • You only have to get up early one day. Let’s face it, 5:45 am ET is extremely early. If you have a Disney World hotel reservation, you can book the dining for all of your trip in one sitting. Of course, you can always make modifications later, but the fewer number of times you need to set your alarm for before 5:45 am, the better.

Can you make dining reservations 180 days out?

Disney World used to let you make dining reservations 180 days ahead of time. This policy changed after the COVID closure in 2020. Now the window for Advanced Dining Reservations is 60 days ahead of time, which is much more reasonable than almost half a year.

How can I make an Advanced Dining Reservation?

You can use the My Disney Experience app or DisneyWorld.com to make ADRs. You can also call 407-WDW-DINE to call the phone line to speak to a Cast Member and make a reservation. We recommend using the app or website to be able to make your reservation as early as possible for your highest priority restaurants.

If you’re working with a travel agent like our friends at Vacationeer, they can also help you book your dining reservations. If you reach out, one of their friendly Disney World experts will promptly respond, and they can tell you all about how they can help you plan these details and more for no extra cost to you.

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Tips for making Advanced Dining Reservations at Disney World

  • Plan out each day of your vacation, especially if you don’t have a park hopper pass. For the in-park restaurants, you will need valid theme park admission as well as a park reservation. Knowing which park you’re going to each day will help you know which restaurants you’ll want to make reservations for.
  • Remember that park hopping begins at 2 pm each day. So for any reservations before 2 pm, you will need a park reservation to be able to get into the park and dine.
  • Be sure to have your My Disney Experience account set up and link a credit card before you try to make your dining reservations. Each reservation that you make will require to use a credit card to secure your reservation.
  • There is a no-show fee! You will be charged $10 per person for any dining reservations that you don’t use. Be sure to cancel 24 hours ahead of time in order to avoid this charge.
  • For restaurants like Space 220, Le Cellier, Cinderella’s Royal Table, or Be Our Guest, you will need to try to get a reservation at 5:45 am ET 60 days ahead of time. These reservations can sell out in minutes 60 days ahead of time.
  • Didn’t get the reservation you wanted? You might not be out of luck. Check out our guide on what to do if you don’t have a reservation at Disney World. This has tips to help you snag a last minute reservation or find alternatives if the restaurant you want is out of reservations.

Be sure to check out other entries in our Guide 2 Disney World Dining Reservations.

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James

James is a lifelong Disney Parks fan. While at the parks, he loves finding new details, learning more about Disney World history, and taking pictures. His favorite WDW attractions include Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours.
James is a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles.

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