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It’s update time! We’re back to expand upon our Disney World Reopening Guide with a Disney World dining update. With the first set of guests set to arrive on June 22, 2020, many have patiently waited for Disney to announce how sit-down dining will work. We no longer have to wait as we got the Disney World dining update we were looking for. On June 16, 2020, Disney released more information around the steps we’ll take to enjoy a meal at either the resorts or parks (once they open starting July 11, 2020). Let’s take a look at the new process and procedures!

Reservations

Let’s start with the good stuff, or the most important stuff, reservations. This is the key piece of the Disney World dining update. Starting on June 18, 2020, guests with confirmed reservations for stays from June 22, 2020, through July 10, 2020, at either a Disney Vacation Club Resort or Fort Wilderness Resort can begin making dining reservations. A reservation will be required for all guests to dine. At the initial opening, there will be no general availability or walk-in options. Reservations will be made over the phone by calling one of the following options:

  • Disney Reservation Center at (407) 824-1391 – for all guests
  • Disney Vacation Club Member Services at (800) 800-9800 – for Disney Vacation Club Members only

It should be noted that the Disney Reservation Center phone line will open at 7 am EST on June 18, 2020, and the Disney Vacation Member Services line with open at 9 am EST.

Dining Options

Where can we eat? We’re glad you asked! At the start, there will be a limited number of restaurants available. Below is a breakdown of the dining options. Please note which dining establishments require reservations.

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    • The Wave…Of American Flavors (Reservations)
    • The Wave Lounge
    • Contempo Cafe
    • Cove Bar
  • Beach Club Villas at Disney’s Beach Club
    • Beaches & Cream Soda Shop (Reservations)
    • Beach Club Marketplace
    • Martha’s Vineyard
  • Boardwalk Villas at Disney’s Boardwalk
    • Trattoria al Forno (Reservations, no character dining for breakfast)
    • Pizza Window
    • Boardwalk Bakery
    • Leaping Horse Libations
    • AbarcadaBar
  • Boulder Ridge Villas/Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    • Whispering Canyon Cafe (Reservations)
    • Roaring Fork
    • Geyser Point Bar & Grill
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
    • P&J’s Southern Takeout
    • Meadow Snack Bar
    • Crockett’s Tavern
  • Disney’s Old Key West
    • Olivia’s Cafe (Reservations)
    • Good’s Food to Go
    • Gurgling Suitcase
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
    • Topolino’s Terrace – (Reservations, modified character dining for breakfast)
    • Primo Piatto
    • Le Petit Cafe
    • Bar Riva
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
    • The Artist Palette
    • The Paddock Grill
    • On the Rocks Pool Bar
  • Grand Floridian Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian
    • Grand Floridian Cafe (Reservations)
    • Gasparilla Island Grill
    • Enchanted Rose
    • Beaches Pool Bar & Grill
  • Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Sanaa (Reservations)
    • Kidani Breakfast at Sanaa
    • Sanaa Lounge
    • Maji Pool Bar
  • Polynesian Villas and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
    • Kona Cafe (Reservations)
    • Capt. Cook’s
    • Pineapple Lanai
    • Barefoot Pool Bar

Beyond the resort dining options, Disney Springs is open with a variety of the restaurants taking reservations. For the Disney Springs locations, you’re able to make reservations either through the reservations numbers above or a lot of the locations will take reservations directly through their website or services like OpenTable.

Arriving

Reservations made, now it’s time to eat! The other big Disney World dining update is around the arrival experience at a sit-down restaurant. To help with social distancing Disney will be moving to an online check system via My Disney Experience. Prior to arrival at the restaurant, you’ll receive a push notification from the app to begin the check-in process. All guests will have an arrival for their reservation. The other option for checking in your reservation will be to use My Disney Experience to scan a QR code at the entrance of the restaurant to begin the process.

After checking in you’ll receive another notification letting you know your table is ready. The notification will include a specific location to proceed to.

Two very important things to note are around My Disney Experience. You will want to make sure you’re running the most up to date version of the app on your smartphone (iOS and Android). Additionally, make sure your location services are enabled for the app. For more information on how to use My Disney Experience, please reference the following guide.

Our Thoughts

Sounds easy. When taking a high-level look at the Disney World dining updates everything appears simple. In the DVC Duo house, the question we have is around the next steps for making reservations. Once the parks reopen we wouldn’t be surprised if Disney expands upon the call-in only option. Our assumption is there will be further updates to the My Disney Experience to enable guests to make reservations online or via the app. Bon appetite!