Downtown Disney Dining Reservations Reopen to High Demand

in Disneyland Resort

Naples ristorante e bar downtown disney

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Outdoor dining is once again allowed at the Disneyland Resort, and with that comes high demand and popularity, as there are plenty of Disney fans craving some magic from the Happiest Place on Earth.

On January 29, 2021, hopeful Downtown Disney District Guests logged onto the Disneyland Resort website in an attempt to obtain dining reservations for one of the many table service restaurants on property. But the most highly coveted restaurant of all wasn’t even available at first.

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Screenshot via Disneyland website

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As many Disneyland Resort fans, former Annual Passholders (now “Legacy Passholders”), and locals are aware, Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure was extremely popular when it reopened in late November as Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining. The restaurant reopened on November 19 with a walk-up waitlist and then quickly switched to a reservation-only system.

All available lunch and dinner reservations were snatched up within a very short amount of time, but soon many were canceled when outdoor dining had to close as part of the temporary stay-at-home order enacted by California Governor Gavin Newsom.

carthay circle offerings for buena vista reopening
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Now, outdoor dining is once again allowed on Disneyland Resort property, and with that comes the availability of dining reservations at several table service restaurants at the Downtown Disney District. At the time of this article’s publication, Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining has not yet opened and is not yet accepting dining reservations (though Disney says more news will come soon). However, that isn’t stopping eager Disneyland fans from making reservations for the other restaurants at the Downtown Disney District.

Disneyland fan and news source Gothic Rosie took to social media on Friday morning to share an update. “Looks like dining reservations for DTD are up. I’m stuck in purgatory but you might have better luck,” she posted.

Several dining locations at the Downtown Disney District — including Earl of Sandwich — have already been serving Guests since the stay-at-home order ended. And this week, others have taken to social media to share when they plan to reopen for outdoor table-service dining.

Naples Ristorante e Bar shared the following:

We are excited to announce that we are reopening Saturday, January 30th at 11am. Indulge in your favorite classic Italian dishes you may have missed! Visit our link in bio to view our full menu, see you soon!

Tortilla Jo’s posted a similar message:

We are excited to reopen on Saturday, January 30 at 11am! We look forward to serving you again – visit our link in bio to view our full menu!

Uva Bar and Cafe shared related news:

You’re weekend just got a lot more exciting! We are happy to announce we are reopening Saturday, January 30 at 11am. Visit our link in bio to view our full menu, see you soon!

Visit the Downtown Disney dining reservations page on the Disneyland website to make a dining reservation, but note that they continue to fill up due to high demand. At the time of this article’s publication, the restaurants are listed as “Temporarily Unavailable.” However, if you continue to manipulate the date to Saturday, January 30, or later, you may get lucky and find some available times to choose from. We tested this with Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, for example, and we were given a few options.

ralph brennan's jazz kitchen reservations
Screenshot via Disneyland website

Also, note that reservations continue to open up for restaurants on Disneyland Resort property, and we will continue to update our website with the latest information as it becomes available. The top of the Disneyland website says the following message:

The Downtown Disney District, including Buena Vista Street, is open with select retail and dining locations. Ongoing updates on additional restaurant and food and beverage location openings will be forthcoming. View Open Dining Locations.

Remember that visiting any public location at this time poses a health risk. Disneyland Resort is also requiring appropriate face masks for all Guests ages two and up. To view the health and safety protocol in place at Disneyland Resort, visit the official website here. 

As a reminder, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are currently still temporarily closed amid the ongoing pandemic.

Carthay Circle
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Are you a fan of Disneyland dining? Do you plan to visit the Downtown Disney District (and, by extension currently, Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure) for table-service dining anytime soon? Let us know in the comments and share your experiences with us.

This article has been updated since it was originally published.

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