Tips for Hard to Get Dining Reservations at Disney World
Ariel, Cinderella, Elsa — it can be a challenge to pick a favorite Disney princess. But for my oldest, it has always been Belle. Ever since she was teeny tiny, she identified the most with the princess she most nearly resembles.
Hard to Get Dining Reservations at Disney World
As we researched for our first trip to Walt Disney World for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I knew one of the things on our “Must Do” list was dine at Be Our Guest, a Beauty & the Beast themed-dining experience. But since it’s one of the hard to get dining reservations at Disney World, I wasn’t positive I’d be able to land one.
If you’ve never had the pleasure, the Be Our Guest restaurant takes guests into an amazing recreation of Beast’s castle from the classic Disney movie, Beauty & the Beast. A beautifully recreated Grand Ballroom serves as the main dining room, and it is spot-on. The painted cherubs on the high, domed ceilings and the snow-topped arches transport you to the French enchanted castle.
Be Our Guest is an unbelievable experience, and therefore, one of the hard to get dining reservations at Disney World. Being a priority of ours, we knew we had to make it happen.
Here’s how we scored hard to get dining reservations at Walt Disney World:
- Book Early. For many restaurants at Walt Disney World, you can make reservations up to 180 days in advance. It is strongly recommended you make reservations, especially for dinner. You can book through the Disney World website or by using the My Disney Experience app (which I highly recommend).
- Get Help. I signed up for a program called Disney Dining Buddy. After entering my dining preferences, I was alerted by my choice of text, email, or both when a reservation became available. I wasn’t sure it would work, but for $8 I took the risk…and it paid off!
- Keep Trying. I purposefully didn’t cancel my notifications from Disney Dining Buddy once I had booked our reservation. I was shocked by how frequently I was alerted the week of our trip. The cancellation policy at Walt Disney World restaurants varies but some (Be Our Guest included) charge a fee for cancellations or no shows, so quite a few spots opened up the day before our trip. Perserverance pays off! I have heard tales of some who walked up the morning of, and heck it can’t hurt to ask!
Although making hard to get dining reservations at Disney World can take some work, I assure you the food, the experience, and the smiles on your children’s faces make the perseverance worth it. “And now, we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents…your dinner.”
Have you scored any hard to get reservations?
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