Saturday, January 22, 2011

8. Disney World Dining & Reservations Website

One of the greatest things about a Disney World vacation is the food.  Some people say that Disney built rides and attractions to pass the time in between meals!  The quality is usually exceptional and there is an amazing variety of dining choices.  To guarantee a table, many of these restaurants require an "advanced dining reservation" (or ADR).  In the past, you'd have to call (407)WDW-DINE to get an ADR. You can still do that, but for approximately two years Disney has been allowing us to make ADRs online at the Disney World website.  In many cases this method saves us time, as we don't have to wait on hold to speak to a reservations agent.

The dining and reservations website is part of the main Disney site
and is at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining. The website has several great features.  First, you can browse the many dining establishments located throughout the resort. The site can be searched by location, such as the Magic Kingdom, or by cuisine, such as Asian or Italian.  Second, there is a brief description of each dining experience, including price ranges for table service restaurants.  Finally, and most importantly, the website allows you to make advanced dining reservations up to 180 days in advance.  Amazingly enough, you have to get ADRs six months in advance if you want to eat at some of the more popular spots, such as Le Cellier in Epcot's Canada pavilion.

iPhone Screenshot
Ok, so a website that allows you to make a dining reservation isn't exactly an amazing technological breakthrough. However, only a few months ago, Disney took their online reservation system to the next level.  The Disney World dining & reservations website is now formatted for your iPhone or Android mobile device.  We now have the ability to quickly make an advanced dining reservation right on our cell phones and I did just that while on our most recent vacation.  About half way through the trip, my wife Melissa mentioned that it would be nice if we could eat at the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom.  It has become a family favorite.  I jumped on my iPhone and in less than two minutes we had a 4:40 reservation for that afternoon!  Sure, we could have gone to the restaurant without an ADR and waited an hour for the possibility of a table opening up, but I like the two minute iPhone method much better.

In summary, the Disney World dining & reservations website is a helpful tool both in the planning stages of your vacation as well as while you are actually there.   I certainly recommend making dining reservations as far in advance as possible, but as a last resort the mobile phone version of the website is a great option.  Bon Appetit!

Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!

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