Dining At Walt Disney World When It Reopens

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

Let’s get to it.

What about existing dining reservations prior to reopening?

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

Can I still make dining reservations 180 days in advance?

Rather than the advanced 180-day reservation window, you can only make reservations up to 60 days in advance.

When can I start making dining reservations again?

Dining reservations are now open for all guests.

Guests need both a park reservation and a valid admission before they can make dining reservations at table-service locations inside the parks.

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.

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

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 until further notice.

What if I already booked a Disney dining plan?

If you have an existing WDW Resort package with a dining plan, Disney will update your reservation to reflect the removal of the dining plan and the package price will be adjusted

You will also receive a refund if you have already paid in full or a reduction in amount due if you have not yet made final payment.

What about character dining?

There are few character dining options available, but they are modified, meaning no autographs, characters will walk by and wave, and you can take socially-distanced photos.

Your options are:

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 were closed.

This means that existing memberships affected by the temporary closure will be extended for an additional 4 months beyond the printed date of expiration. The extension excludes memberships that expired February 2020 or earlier.

The Tables in Wonderland office is closed until further notice. You can call (407) 566-5858 for assistance.

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 locations. You don’t need to wear a mask while eating or drinking.

There are also designated “relaxation stations” at each park (both inside and outside) for guests who need a mask break. You can also eat here.

However, you cannot walk around the park without a mask if you have a snack or drink in hand. Yes, you may remove your mask for a brief moment to eat or sip a beverage, but then you must put it back on.

Per Disney, “You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.”

What about temperature screenings?

Prior to entering table-service restaurants at Disney Resort hotels, guests will have their temperature taken. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 F or above will be directed to an additional rescreening. Those with temperatures 100.4 F or above will be denied entry, along with other members of their party.

What dining changes will go into effect?

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

-Reduced-contact menus: Quick-service locations 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 now serve beverages and other items that were previously self-serve.

-Mobile Order: Offered at select quick-service locations throughout the parks, 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: are not offered during the initial reopening.

-Private dining and in-room delivery: are not offered during the initial reopening window (except for at Yacht Club).

-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 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 Sept. 24, 2020):

Magic Kingdom

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

Epcot

  • 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
  • Oga’s Cantina

Animal Kingdom

  • Tiffins Restaurant

Disney’s BoardWalk

  • Trattoria al Forno

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Olivia’s Café

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Sanaa

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Kona Café

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • California Grill
  • Chef Mickey’s
  • The Wave

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Whispering Canyon Cafe

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Grand Floridian Café
  • Narcoossee’s

Disney’s Yacht Club & Beach Club Villas

  • Ale & Compass Restaurant
  • Beaches & Cream Soda Shop

Disney’s Riviera Resort

  • Topolino’s Terrace

Which dining locations are reopening at theme parks?

Additional carts and kiosks might be available as well at the parks. Here are the dining locations currently open:

Magic Kingdom

  • Aloha Isle
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
  • Gaston’s Tavern
  • The Friar’s Nook
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
  • Liberty Square Market
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • The Lunching Pad
  • 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 (only open on weekends right now)
  • 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
  • ABC Commissary
  • Anaheim Produce
  • Backlot Express
  • BaseLine Tap House
  • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
  • Hollywood & Vine
  • Hollywood Scoops
  • 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
  • Chefs de France
  • 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
  • Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (only open on weekends right now)
  • L’Artisan des Glaces
  • La Cantina de San Angel
  • La Cava de Tequila
  • La Hacienda de San Angel
  • The Land Cart
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Pizza al Taglio (only open on weekends right now)
  • 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
  • Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival kiosks
  • Teppan Edo
  • Traveler’s Café
  • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante
  • UK Beer Cart
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
  • Yorkshire County Fish Shop (only open on weekends right now)

Which theme park dining locations aren’t reopening just yet?

Magic Kingdom

  • The Diamond Horseshoe
  • Casey’s Corner
  • Cheshire Cafe
  • Columbia Harbor House
  • Cool Ship
  • The Crystal Palace
  • Golden Oak Outpost
  • 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

  • Catalina Eddie’s
  • Dockside Diner
  • Epic Eats
  • Fairfax Fare
  • 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
  • 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 and my post on other ways dining has changed at WDW.

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