We are inching closer to the much anticipated reopening of the Disneyland Resort. Today, Disneyland fans are able to make dining reservations!
How do you make a reservation, and how will dining be different once Disneyland reopens? Here is everything you need to know about dining at Disneyland, making a dining reservation for Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, and even how you can skip the virtual line.
Disneyland Dining Reservations
We know that upon the reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on April 30, dining will look a bit different. Disney is taking every precaution to ensure that both Guests and Cast Members can enjoy the parks safely. Here is what Disney had to say about the changes being made to dining:
We’re committed to a responsible reopening of the Disneyland Resort—and we’ve made some important updates and enhancements to our dining experiences based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies.
Upon reopening, many dining experiences may be modified or unavailable. At this time, following state and county guidelines, outdoor patio seating and limited indoor seating at select locations will be permitted.
Select dining locations at Disneyland Resort — the table-service restaurants that will be reopening on April 30 — will require a reservation, however, Disney will be implementing a virtual walk-up waitlist for Guests once they are in the park. This will be just like the walk-up waitlist we have seen rollout across Walt Disney World. It is very simple to use, and all you need to do is open your Disneyland app and select a participating dining location to join a waitlist.
You can read a full list of dining locations that will be open at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure here.
So, how do you get a dining reservation? Can you skip the line?
All you need to do is head over to the Disneyland dining reservation page, you will join a virtual queue and can try to make a reservation for your favorite dining spot at Disneyland or California Adventure. On the official Disneyland Resort website, if you are attempting to make a reservation during a busy time like today (when dining reservations opened for in-park table service restaurants), you will be prompted to join a virtual queue. It will look something like this:
You can also make a reservation via the Disneyland app. By opening the Disneyland app, you can essentially skip the line by bypassing the virtual queue altogether. All you need to do is head to dining reservations, and continue to click “close” when prompted to visit the Disneyland website. Then you will be able to make a dining reservation via the app! Using this hack, we were able to completely bypass the virtual queue on our mobile device, while our desktop still displayed a wait time.
Which restaurants offer dining reservations?
- River Belle Terrace
- Cafe Orleans
Disney California Adventure
- Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining
- Lamplight Lounge
Dining reservations are currently fully booked for the opening day of the parks on April 30. If you want to make a dining reservation be sure to make it fast!
If dining reservations at the parks are full do not worry, you can still make reservations for the fabulous restaurants at Downtown Disney.
Below, as you can see, there are no more available times for Carthay Circle, Lamplight Lounge, Cafe Orleans, or River Belle Terrace on April 30. However, you can always continue to check the Disneyland app or the official website as availability can open up closer to the date you are attempting to reserve!
There still available dates beyond April 30 if you are planning to visit Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park sometime after reopening day. We were able to see plenty of reservations available for later dates in May and June. Typically, weekday table-service dining reservations are much easier to come by. And, as always, quick-service will be available and quick-service locations in the theme parks. do not require reservations.
Additionally, at the time of this article’s publication, there is still availability to make a reservation for a table-service restaurant at Downtown Disney for April 30 and beyond.
Remember that at this time Disneyland Resort theme parks are only open to California locals. No word from Disney yet on when things will open up more, but we will continue to report on any changes made to this policy.
Were you able to make a Disneyland dining reservation? Let us know in the comments!