Disney Dining Reservation Calculator for Disney World Vacations

Our Disney Reservation Calculator is a simple tool to determine when to book your Advanced Dining Reservations for your next Disney vacation.

When booking a Walt Disney World vacation,  trying to figure out when to make your reservations can be confusing. That said, Disney has streamlined the process since re-opening after the Covid shutdowns. We have created a Disney Dining Reservation Calculator so you will know when to book your dining reservation.

Just enter the date you arrive at the park and let the Disney Reservation Calculator do the math for you!

Visiting Walt Disney World During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Please be aware that certain parks, hotels, restaurants, and experiences may be modified, limited, or unavailable at this time.

Note that Disney’s Dining Plans have been suspended (for now).  FastPass+ has been replaced with paid Disney Genie+ and pay-per-ride Lightning Lane passes. Extra Magic Hours has been replaced with Early Theme Park Entry. Contact your Disney travel agent for the latest information.

  • Advance Dining Reservations can now be made up to 60 days prior to your arrival.
  • Advance reservations for recreation, the Enchanting Extras Collection, and other Disney experiences can also be made up to 60 days in advance.

Note: Disney Resort hotel Guests are able to make their reservations up to 60 days in advance PLUS the length of their stay (up to 10 days).

Disney has implemented a series of health and safety measures during the ongoing COVD-19 pandemic, including:

Disney Park Pass System

In order to promote physical distancing and manage attendance, Disney requires that all theme park reservations are made via the Disney Park Pass system. All Guests ages 3 and older must have a park reservation –  and a valid admission for the same park on the same date as the reservation –  in order to enter. Limit one park per day.

Face Coverings

Update 4/2022: Face coverings are optional for Guests in both outdoor and indoor locations, as well as on Disney transportation. Disney recommends Guests who are not fully vaccinated continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, including indoor attractions and theaters and on enclosed transportation.  Face coverings are not permitted while using water slides or while in the water.

Why book your Disney reservations so far in advance?

As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm. This motto is especially true for Disney vacations because of the limited availability at some of Disney World’s most popular attractions.

Restaurant seating and popular rides can fill up quickly, especially during the busiest times of the year. Therefore, it’s important to plan ahead and book your reservations as early as possible.

If you want some free help with your reservations, you can always use a Disney Travel Planner to help you get those early reservations.

Disney Reservation Calculator Timeline

WDW allows you to make advance reservations for lodging, dining, and other various activities around the park.

As part of our Disney Reservation Calculator, use our Advance Dining Reservations calculator to determine when to book your dining and in-park reservations.

Here’s a timeline to help guide you through the Disney Reservation Calculator as you decide when to book certain aspects of your trip.

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 2022 progresses.

Disney Advance Dining Reservations Calculator

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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.

Disney recently introduced two types of paid “lightning lane” access options as part of the new Disney Genie app.

Disney Genie+

Guests who wish to utilize shorter ride queues (Lightning Lanes) will need to pay $15 ($20 at Disneyland) for the Disney Genie+ service. It essentially functions the same way the FastPass+ system used to work.

Guests can select a ride and a time using the Disney Genie app. There are over 40 rides to choose from and only 1 reservation can be made at a time.

Reservations can be made starting at 7 a.m. on the day of your visit to Disney World (or once the park opens at Disneyland).

Guests will be able to make their next reservation once the prior reservation is used (or expired/missed) or if 120 minutes have passed since making the previous reservation,  Disney park hoppers will be able to use Disney Genie+ can be utilized at multiple parks on the same day (if you have the Park Hopper option).

Individual Lightning Lane Passes

Lightning Lane passes are related to Disney Genie+ but it’s a separate expense entirely.

An individual Lightning Lane Pass allows a guest to use the Lightning Lane entrance at one of Disney World’s highest-demand attractions.  Lightning Lane Passes are available on a pay-per-ride basis. Guests are allowed up to two passes per day. Those staying at a Disney World property can make their first reservation starting at 7 AM on the day of the visit, or once the park opens if they are staying off-property.

Guests aren’t allowed to choose the same attraction for both of their selections.

The 4 attractions for Lightning Lane passes are Seven Dwarfs Mine Trains, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and Avatar Flight of Passage. These are subject to change.

low to see which Disney rides are included with Disney Genie+ and which Disney attractions are only available on a pay-per-ride basis as Individual Lightning Lane Access passes.

Attraction Disney Theme ParkIncluded in Disney Genie+ Purchase Individual Lightning Lane Entry
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Magic Kingdom
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger SpinMagic Kingdom
Disney Festival of Fantasy ParadeMagic Kingdom
Dumbo the Flying ElephantMagic Kingdom
Haunted MansionMagic Kingdom
“it’s a small world”Magic Kingdom
Jungle CruiseMagic Kingdom
Mad Tea PartyMagic Kingdom
Meet Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale HallMagic Kingdom
Meet Mickey at Town Square TheaterMagic Kingdom
Meet Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale HallMagic Kingdom
Mickey’s PhilharMagicMagic Kingdom
Monsters Inc. Laugh FloorMagic Kingdom
Peter Pan’s FlightMagic Kingdom
Pirates of the CaribbeanMagic Kingdom
Seven Dwarfs Mine TrainMagic Kingdom
Space MountainMagic Kingdom
Splash MountainMagic Kingdom
The BarnstormerMagic Kingdom
The Magic Carpets of AladdinMagic Kingdom
The Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohMagic Kingdom
Tomorrowland SpeedwayMagic Kingdom
Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little MermaidMagic Kingdom
Disney and Pixar Short Film FestivalEPCOT
Frozen Ever AfterEPCOT
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic RewindEPCOT
Journey into Imagination with FigmentEPCOT
Living with the LandEPCOT
Mission: SPACE – GreenEPCOT
Mission: SPACE – OrangeEPCOT
Remy’s Ratatouille AdventureEPCOT
Soarin' Around the WorldEPCOT
Spaceship EarthEPCOT
Test TrackEPCOT
The Seas with Nemo & FriendsEPCOT
Turtle Talk with CrushEPCOT
Alien Swirling SaucersDisney's Hollywood Studios
Beauty and the Beast Live on StageDisney's Hollywood Studios
Disney Junior Play & Dance!Disney's Hollywood Studios
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along CelebrationDisney's Hollywood Studios
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt SpectacularDisney's Hollywood Studios
Meet Olaf at Celebrity SpotlightDisney's Hollywood Studios
Mickey & Minnie's Runaway RailwayDisney's Hollywood Studios
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers RunDisney's Hollywood Studios
Muppet*Vision 3DDisney's Hollywood Studios
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring AerosmithDisney's Hollywood Studios
Slinky Dog DashDisney's Hollywood Studios
Star Tours - The Adventures ContinueDisney's Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: Rise of the ResistanceDisney's Hollywood Studios
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™Disney's Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Mania!Disney's Hollywood Studios
Avatar Flight of PassageDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Celebration of the Festival of the Lion KingDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
DINOSAURDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden MountainDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Feathered Friends in Flight!Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
Finding Nemo: The Big Blue...and Beyond!Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
It’s Tough to Be a Bug!Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
Kali River RapidsDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Kilimanjaro SafarisDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers OutpostDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Naʻvi River JourneyDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
The Animation Experience at Conservation StationDisney's Animal Kingdom Park

We hope our Disney Reservation Calculator has helped you organize and prioritize your Walt Disney Vacation.

For more useful Disney World information, please review additional pages on MagicGuides, such as our helpful Disney World for Couples, Disney Dining Plan Calculator, Disney World Map, Disney Transportation Map, Disney Planning Timeline and Disney Travel Planners articles.

If you need help planning and booking your magical Walt Disney World vacation, contact our friends at The Vacationeer. Their services are always helpful and totally free of charge! Click HERE for a free, no-obligation price quote.

Thank you for reading our page, and we hope you have a magical Walt Disney World vacation!