Disney World Dining in 2021: What to Expect

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Walt Disney World is known for its delicious dining options, character encounters, and iconic snacks that Guests look forward to when visiting the parks, Resorts, and more. If you plan on visiting Disney World this year, there are some changes regarding dining that you might need to know.

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The Walt Disney World Resort is home to countless Table-Service options and varies from casual to fine/signature dining. Keep in mind advanced reservations are recommended. Dining Reservations can be made online up to 60 days in advance. Certain Table Services are currently unavailable including Yachtsman Steakhouse, Sebastian’s Bistro, Jiko, and more.

You can see which Disney World Resort dining options are currently unavailable here.

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Character Dining

What’s the best way to visit a character without having to stand in long lines? Character Dining is one of the easiest and interactive ways to meet your favorites like Cinderella or Mickey and the gang. Walt Disney World gives Guests the ultimate experience, with delicious food to enjoy while giving your family your own personal character show.

However, due to the ongoing pandemic came many changes that were placed in order to keep health and safety as the number one priority. Character Dining is modified but over time some locations are still offering the experience, such as:

  • Topolino’s (located in Disney’s Riviera Resort, with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy)
  • Chef Mickey’s (located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald)
  • Garden Grill (located in Future World at EPCOT, with Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale)
  • Hollywood and Vine (located in Echo Lake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

Furthermore, it is noted that these four locations will not allow characters to come directly to your table and sign autographs like before, but will pose for pictures in a social distance setting. Check the official website for more updates on character dining.

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Mask policies within restaurants

Recently, Walt Disney World Resort has updated its face mask policy. The new policy asks that Guests keep face masks until they are actively eating or drinking. You can read more about this policy here.

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Quick Service

At Walt Disney World, you also have the option to go to a quick-service restaurant that offers great food, snacks, and fast service. These restaurants can range from cafeteria-style to counter-service venues. It’s as easy as ordering or taking your food-to-go items, pay, and sit down to enjoy your meal. No reservations are needed.

There are over 150 quick-service options to choose from and are located at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Many Resorts hotels and Disney Springs also offer this convenient option. As of now, some of these restaurants are temporarily unavailable so Check Disney World’s Official website for more information.

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Encouragement of Mobile Ordering

Walt Disney World offers Guests the option to Mobile Order. What is Mobile Ordering? Mobile Ordering is a quick and efficient way to get food, snacks, or drinks at Walt Disney World. All you need to do is use your My Disney Experience app to Mobile Order food at your favorite Disney World dining locations. Not all dining at Disney World offers Mobile Ordering, but more locations are added often as Disney encourages Guests to utilize this service.

At select Table-Service restaurants at Disney World, you may also be able to Mobile Order your food! Check your My Disney Experience app for the latest information on which restaurants are offering this service.

Walk-Up Wait Lists

You can now join a virtual wait-list via the My Disney Experience app for select dining locations around Walt Disney World.

This allows you to cut down face-t0-face contact and keep you and Cast Members safe. Walk-Up Waitlist is available at Disney Resorts as well as the parks. You can read all about Walk-Up Waitlist here.

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Disney Dining Plan

Disney Dining Plans are a wonderful additional perk that Walt Disney World offers when organizing a vacation package. If you aren’t aware, the Disney Dining Plan allows Guests to prepay for their Table-Service, Quick-Service meals, and snacks, even before entering the parks.

Unfortunately, for the time being, Disney World has temporarily suspended the Disney Dining Plan. Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for up-to-date details on the Disney Dining Plans return.

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We hope that this guide gives you an overview of what is happening currently with Walt Disney World Dining, and if you’re planning your next trip, be sure to check out Academy Travel, they can help set up the perfect vacation and take care of all you’re dining needs for you and your family!

What dining experience are you most excited about to come back? Let us know in the comments below your favorite dining experience in Walt Disney World! 

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