Walk-Up Dining Waitlist Now Available for WDW Restaurants

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Walt Disney World Resort’s My Disney Experience app has a brand new feature. Guests who are in Disney World’s four theme parks can now view walk-up dining availability directly on the smartphone app.

The walk-up dining waitlist option has been expected since the Florida parks began their phased reopening in July, so this is a welcome addition.

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When Guests visit the app page for a specific restaurant, such as the Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, they will see walk-up list availability if it is an option.

This morning, My Disney Experience showed a notification that Kona’s “Walk-up list is currently unavailable due to high demand.”

When Disney World app users return to the main page, they are able to check dining availability for “Now,” “Breakfast,” “Brunch,” “Lunch,” or “Dinner,” depending on their preferences.

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The walk-up waitlist option is available for parties of 7 Guests or fewer. At this time, not all restaurants in the Walt Disney World Resort complex offer the new waitlist, but it is likely that the feature will ultimately be rolled-out to include all eligible dining establishments.

At this time, these Disney World restaurants have the walk-up waitlist option:

  • Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village
  • Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera at Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
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The Disney World website currently features the following information about theme park dining reservations:

All Guests may now make dining reservations online up to 60 days in advance. Here are some important details to help you plan:

In-Park Dining
Guests must have valid park admission and a reservation for park entry through the new Disney Park Pass system—as well as a dining reservation—to dine at in-park, table-service restaurants. Dining reservations do not guarantee admission to the park.

Disney Resort Hotel Dining
Planning to dine at a table-service restaurant in a Disney Resort hotel? A confirmed dining reservation is required for day Guests (those not staying overnight) and is highly recommended for Guests staying overnight at a Disney Resort hotel.

Disney Springs Dining
Select dining locations at Disney Springs are currently accepting reservations. Check availability and make reservations online now.

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