Disney World Shortens Booking Window for Dining Reservations

in Food, Walt Disney World

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More news continues to come in regarding the reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort. In a recent update, we learned that Advanced Dining Reservations would be impacted by all the new protocol changes, so planners take heed.

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Previously, guests could book Advanced Dining Reservations up to 180-days in advance. With the new updates, the new booking window will be 60-days.

Here is the updated information from the Walt Disney World Resort website:
ADR Update Disney World Reopening
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Dining and Experiences: In order to foster physical distancing during this time, upon reopening, our offerings, restaurants and other experiences such as behind-the-scenes tours will be limited in capacity, and other experiences may remain closed. As a result of limited capacity, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all existing dining reservations and experience bookings, including Disney dining plans included in packages, through the end of the year. We will reopen dining and experience bookings with more limited numbers closer to when the parks reopen. We will also shift from a 180-day booking window to a 60-day booking window for dining and experience bookings going forward to allow Guests to make their plans closer to their visits.

Disney Dining Reservations Reopening

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The Walt Disney World resort is known for the magical dining offerings throughout the parks, resort hotel restaurants, and Disney Springs. Avid planners are used to booking their advance dining reservations 6-months in advance to lock in all their favorite restaurants like fan-favorite character Meal Chef Mickey or other Table Service favorites like Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom.

This update makes Disney World on par with Disneyland’s reservation booking window, so guests who have planned vacations to the west coast OG resort will not find this change too different in their planning. However, Disney World aficionados are concerned with being able to find availability to their favorites with such short notice.

Currently, all existing Dining Reservations were canceled, new reservations have been paused, and no new information has been released as to when these new reservations will open up again. Disney shared in an update that they will be providing additional details soon. Be sure to keep your eye here at Inside the Magic for the latest in Disney news and magical content.

Are you hoping to visit the Walt Disney World Resort as soon as it reopens? Let us know how you feel about all these changes in the comments! 

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