Dining At Walt Disney World When It Reopens

There’s a lot to know about dining at Walt Disney World when the resort reopens. Not only are there reservation updates, but there are also some major changes with Disney dining plans.

Let’s get to it.

What’s happening with my existing dining reservations?

Effective immediately, all existing dining reservation were canceled through the end of the year.

Can I still make reservations 180 days in advance?

Not right now. Rather than the advanced 180-day reservation window, you can only make reservations up to 60 days in advance.

When can I start making reservations again?

Dining reservations are now open for all guests. Remember, you can only make them up to 60 days in advance.

For park dining locations, guests will need both a park reservation and a valid admission before they can make dining reservations at table-service locations.

For Disney Resort hotel dining table-service restaurants, day guests (those not staying overnight) will need a confirmed dining reservation. Dining reservations are also recommended for those who have hotel reservations.

Online reservations are only available for select Disney Springs dining spots.

Note: Eligible Guests who are unable to make a reservation online may call (407) 939-6690 or (800) 800-9800 for Disney Vacation Club Members. You might even want to try (407) 939-7866.

Dining and experiences when Walt Disney World reopens

What about Disney dining plans? 

Like existing dining reservations, Disney dining plans included in packages are canceled through the end of the year.

What if I already booked a Disney dining plan?

If you purchased Disney dining plans and tickets through the end of the year, you will receive an automatic cancellation and refund of your Disney dining plan.

If you booked a resort hotel reservation with a Free Dining package through the end of the year, you will receive an automatic cancellation of your Disney dining plan. You will also receive an automatic 35% room discount that will automatically be applied in place of the Free Dining plan.

For those who booked a Free Dining package for a date before the reopening on July 11, you can apply the 35% discount on a future date picked for your trip.

Disney is reaching out to guests via email who are affected and providing them with additional information.

What about character dining?

Unfortunately, character dining is temporarily suspended, except for a modified experience at Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera and Garden Grill at Epcot.

What about hotel dining?

As previously mentioned, those with Disney Resort hotel reservations for arrivals June 22 through July 10, 2020 can make dining reservations for select hotel and available Disney Springs dining locations beginning June 18, 2020.

Again, a valid hotel reservation is required to make dining reservations. To make a reservation, call the Disney Reservation Center at (407) 824-1391. Disney Vacation Club Members can call Member Services at (800) 800-9800.

Online reservations are only available for Disney Springs dining spots, but online reservations for other dining locations will reopen at a later date.

Eventually, day guests (those not staying overnight) will need a confirmed dining reservation for table-service locations. It is highly recommend that even hotel guests should make dining reservations. It’s unclear if or how often walk-ins will be accepted.

You can see which hotel dining locations are reopening in my hotel reopening guide.

What about third-party dining locations?

Select third-party owned and operated restaurant reservations may not be canceled.

What about reservations I made during the closure?

If you have pre-paid dining reservations that were impacted by the closure, you will receive an automatic refund. A cancellation or no-show fee will also be waived.

What about Tables in Wonderland?

Tables in Wonderland will extend all active memberships by the number of days the parks are closed.

Do I need to wear a face mask when eating or drinking?

Face masks are required for all guests ages 2 and older when entering and exiting dining location. You don’t need to wear a mask while eating or drinking.

What dining changes will go into effect?

It’s important to note that dining locations will be limited in capacity and some locations will remain temporarily closed.

-Reduced-contact menus: Quick-service locations will have menus displayed on signage, whereas guests can scan a code with their mobile device at table-service locations to access digital menus.

-Self-serve changes: Cast Members will now serve beverages and other items that were previously self-serve.

-Mobile Order: Will be offered at select quick-service locations throughout the parks (when open), Disney Springs, and select hotels.

-Cashless payments: Guests are encouraged to use cashless payments, like debit cards, credit cards, and Disney Gift Cards. You can also use contactless payment options, including mobile wallets. Of course, Disney Resort hotel guests can use their MagicBands to purchase items.

-Dinner shows: will not be offered during the initial reopening.

-Private dining and in-room delivery: will not be offered during the initial reopening window.

-Mobile Dine Check-In: a new feature that allows you to check in for select table-service restaurants at theme parks and resorts via My Disney Experience (MDE).

How it works:

  • You will receive a push notification prompting you to check in via MDE or you can check-in by scanning a QR code located in the restaurant’s lobby. All of this means you’ll avoid checking in at the host stand.
  • Using either the push notification or QR code, you’ll check in for your reservation and confirm your arrival time and party details.
  • When your table is ready you will be notified to proceed to a specified location.

Here are the locations offering Mobile Dine Check-In (as of June 22, 2020):

Magic Kingdom

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • The Crystal Palace
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • The Plaza Restaurant
  • Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
  • The Diamond Horseshoe

Epcot

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • The Garden Grill
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room

Hollywood Studios

  • The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Hollywood & Vine
  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
  • 50’s Prime Time Café
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Animal Kingdom

  • Tiffins Restaurant
  • Tusker House Restaurant

Disney’s BoardWalk

  • Flying Fish
  • Trattoria al Forno

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside

  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Olivia’s Café

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Sanaa
  • Boma — Flavor of Africa
  • Jiko — The Cooking Place

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

  • Toledo — Tapas, Steak & Seafood

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • ‘Ohana
  • Kona Café

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • California Grill
  • Chef Mickey’s
  • The Wave

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Artist Point
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Citricos
  • Grand Floridian Café
  • Narcoossee’s
  • 1900 Park Fare

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

  • Ale & Compass Restaurant
  • Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
  • Cape May Café
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Sebastian’s Bistro

The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

  • Trail’s End Restaurant

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill

Note: It’s unclear when some of these table-service restaurants will reopen. Only select dining at parks and resorts have been given reopening dates, as shown below and as listed here.

Which dining locations are reopening at theme parks?

Additional carts and kiosks might be available as well at the parks, but a list wasn’t provided. Here are the dining locations that will reopen at the parks.

Magic Kingdom

  • Aloha Isle
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
  • Liberty Square Market
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • Main Street Bakery
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • The Plaza Restaurant
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Storybook Treats
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace
  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

Animal Kingdom

  • Anandapur Ice Cream Truck
  • Creature Comforts
  • Dawa Bar
  • Dino-Bite Snacks
  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Harambe Fruit Market
  • Isle of Java
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Mr. Kamal’s
  • Nomad Lounge
  • Pongu Pongu
  • Rainforest Cafe® at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Satu’li Canteen
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments
  • Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks
  • Tiffins Restaurant
  • Trilo-Bites
  • Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes
  • Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Hollywood Studios

  • 50’s Prime Time Café
  • Anaheim Produce
  • Backlot Express
  • BaseLine Tap House
  • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
  • Milk Stand
  • Oga’s Cantina
  • Peevy’s Polar Pipeline
  • PizzeRizzo
  • Ronto Roasters
  • Rosie’s All-American Café
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
  • Sunshine Day Bar
  • The Trolley Car Café

Epcot

  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Choza de Margarita
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • Crepes des Chefs de France
  • Fife & Drum Tavern
  • Funnel Cake
  • Garden Grill Restaurant (please note that the Character Dining experience will be modified)
  • Gelati
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Joy of Tea
  • Kabuki Café
  • Katsura Grill
  • L’Artisan des Glaces
  • La Cantina de San Angel
  • La Cava de Tequila
  • La Hacienda de San Angel
  • The Land Cart
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Popcorn in Canada
  • Refreshment Outpost
  • Refreshment Port
  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room
  • Rose & Crown Pub
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante
  • Spice Road Table
  • Sunshine Seasons
  • Tangierine Café
  • Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival kiosks
  • Traveler’s Café
  • UK Beer Cart
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Which theme park dining locations aren’t reopening?

Magic Kingdom

  • The Diamond Horseshoe
  • Casey’s Corner
  • Cheshire Cafe
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Columbia Harbor House
  • Cool Ship
  • The Crystal Palace
  • The Friar’s Nook
  • Gaston’s Tavern
  • Golden Oak Outpost
  • The Lunching Pad
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • Prince Eric’s Village Market
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
  • Tortuga Tavern
  • Westward Ho

Animal Kingdom

  • Dino Diner
  • Drinkwallah
  • Eight Spoon Cafe
  • Kusafiri Coffe Shop & Bakery
  • Mahindi
  • Pizzafari
  • The Smiling Crocodile
  • Terra Treats
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Warung Outpost

Hollywood Studios

  • ABC Commissary
  • Catalina Eddie’s
  • Dockside Diner
  • Epic Eats
  • Fairfax Fare
  • Hollywood Scoops
  • Hollywood & Vine
  • Kat Saka’s Kettle
  • KRNR The Rock Station
  • Market
  • Neighborhood Bakery
  • Oga’s Cantina at the Walt Disney World Resort
  • Tune-In Lounge
  • Woody’s Lunch Box

Epcot

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Block & Hans
  • Chefs de France
  • Cool Wash
  • Joy of Tea
  • Kingla Bakeri Og Kafe
  • L’Artisan des Glaces
  • Las Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
  • Les Vins des Chefs de France
  • Lotus Blossom Cafe
  • Monsieur Paul
  • Nine Dragons
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • Sommerfest
  • Space 220 – Coming Soon
  • Takumi-Tei
  • Teppan Edo
  • Tokyo Dining
  • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
  • Tutto Italia Restorante
  • Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Check out my complete Walt Disney World Reopening Guide for other details.