Update: Advance Dining Reservation can be made up to 60 days (not 180 days) prior to your arrival. Additionally, the Disney Dining Plan has been suspended until further notice. Stay tuned for more updates as 2021 progresses.
To understand the Advance Dining Reservations calculator, it’s important to first understand how ADRs work. If you are not familiar with the process, the following information will help you get started.
What are Advance Dining Reservations?
Disney’s Advance Dining Reservation System (ADR) allows you to make dining reservations at Disney World’s table service restaurants.
Advance Dining Reservations can be made by any Walt Disney World guest, including those staying off Disney property.
There are literally hundreds of dining options throughout Disney World – ranging from upscale, casual, family, and themed restaurants – and plenty of dinner shows and character dining events to choose from.
The benefit of making Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs)
It can be a challenge just to walk into a full-service restaurant and expect to get seated, even during the low season. So if fine dining and character dining is a top priority on your Disney vacation wish list, plan on making your ADRs as soon as you are eligible to do so.
To start with, consider booking Advance Dining Reservations for a few hard-to-get table service restaurants – and maybe one character dining experience – when your 180-day (update: this has changed to 60 DAYS during COVID) window opens. Don’t worry if you are unable or unwilling to book all your dining at 180 days (update: this has changed to 60 DAYS during COVID).
Unless you are going to Disney World during the busiest times of the year, you should still be able to book at least a few table-service restaurants as your departure nears.
Also, keep in mind that Disney World has plenty of quick-service dining options that don’t require reservations. One thing is for sure – you will never go hungry at Disney!
Booking your Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs)
Secure your table at some of Disney’s most popular restaurants by booking your Advance Dining Reservations. On-site Disney Resort Guests can make ADRs 180-days before their check-in date (update: this has changed to 60 DAYS during COVID) and can book them for up to 10 days past their check-in date. Off-site Guests can make their ADRs for each day at 180-days (update: this has changed to 60 DAYS during COVID) of their arrival date. Use the Advance Dining Reservations calculator to determine the dates on which you’re eligible to book your selections.
You can make dining reservations online, by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. The Disney Reservation Center phone line is available between 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Mon-Fri, and 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Sat and Sun. Online booking starts at 6:00 AM EST.
Another great option is to book your Disney World vacation through a reputable Disney travel agent. We highly recommend The Vacationeer for all your Disney travel needs. They are helpful and efficient, and their assistance is completely free of charge!
Which Restaurants are eligible for ADVs?
Advance Dining Reservations can be made at restaurants in Disney Springs, the 4 Disney World theme parks, and at Disney Resort hotels. ADRs can also be made for dinner shows and special dining events. Keep in mind that Disney World lounges and quick-service restaurants do not take ADRs.
For the complete list of Walt Disney World restaurants that accept Advanced Dining Reservations, click here.
Best Restaurants for Disney Reservations
Our favorite WDW restaurants include:
Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom – This ornate French eatery with a Beauty & the Beast theme offers quick-service lunches and sit-down dinners.
California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Contemporary Resort’s premier restaurant is a great spot to watch the fireworks and offers breathtaking views of the park.
Chef Mickey’s, Disney’s Contemporary Resort- Popular breakfast & dinner buffet restaurant with special visits from Mickey and friends.
Cinderella’s Royal Table, Magic Kingdom – This Cinderella-themed eatery is set in a room that resembles a medieval castle’s banquet hall.
Flame Tree Barbeque, Animal Kingdom – Relaxing BBQ featuring an outdoor pavilion with amazing views of Animal Kingdom.
Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Retro dining establishment with fantastic caricatures of old-time celebrities on the wall.
Le Cellier, Canada Pavilion at World Showcase, Epcot – Steaks are a specialty at this top-notch table service dining establishment
‘Ohana, Polynesian Village Resort – All-you-can-eat, American-style (with a Polynesian twist) buffet for breakfast and dinner.
Teppan Edo, Japan Pavilion at World Showcase, Epcot – Guests are seated around the teppanyaki grills as skilled chefs prepare your meal in front of you.
The Boathouse, The Landing, Disney Springs – Upscale waterfront dining experience featuring steaks and seafood, Amphicar tours, Italian water taxi tours, and live music.
Via Napoli, Italy Pavilion at World Showcase, Epcot – Amazing pizza! Need we say more?
There are over 140 restaurants operating within Disney World. Most of them are fantastic! We recommend that you spend some time reviewing all your dining options before making your Advanced Dining Reservations. Start your research by reading TripAdvisor/Yelp reviews, or by speaking with a Disney World travel agent about your best options. Then just type the date of your trip into the dining calculator to see when you can begin making your ADRs.