Changes to Walt Disney World Dining

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Updates to Dining When Walt Disney World Opens

There has been lots of exciting news surrounding Walt Disney World opening back up!   We bet you’ve missed the magic as much as we have so if you’re heading to Walt Disney World, we have the changes to Walt Disney World Dining that will impact your trip.

Updates to Disney Reservations

In order to foster physical distancing upon reopening, Disney’s offerings, restaurants and other experiences such as behind-the-scenes tours will be limited in capacity, and other experiences may remain closed.

  • As a result of limited capacity, Disney has made the difficult decision to cancel all existing dining reservations and experience bookings. This includes Disney dining plans included in packages.
  • Disney will reopen dining and experience bookings with more limited numbers closer to when the parks reopen.
  • Disney will also shift from a 180-day booking window to a 60-day booking window for dining and experience bookings going forward.  This allows Guests to make their plans closer to their visits.

Changes to Dining Experiences

Additional changes to Walt Disney World dining experiences include:

  • Menu items may vary. For specific menu information, check the restaurant’s online menu when the restaurant reopens.
  • Character Dining will not be offered during the initial reopening, with the exception of a modified Character Dining experience at Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera.
  • Dinner shows will not be offered during the initial reopening.
  • Dining locations will be limited in capacity. Some locations will remain temporarily closed.
  • Private dining and in-room delivery will not be offered during the initial reopening window.
  • Mobile order service will be offered at select quick-service dining locations throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks (when open), Disney Springs and select Disney Resort hotels.

What You’ll Need to Dine

Before you dine at Walt Disney World Resort, please be aware that you’ll need:

  • A confirmed dining reservation is required for day guests (those not staying overnight) and is highly recommended for guests staying overnight at a Disney Resort hotel if you plan to dine at a table-service restaurant in a Disney Resort hotel
  • Face coverings for each guest age 2 and up, which must be worn in all public areas—including while entering and exiting dining locations—and can be removed while eating or drinking

In-Park Dining Reservations

At this time, dining reservations are not available. Reservations will resume at a later date.

When in-park dining initially becomes available, you’ll need

  • valid park admission
  • a reservation for park entry and
  • a dining reservation to dine at an in-park, table-service restaurant.
  • Dining reservations do not guarantee admission to the park.


Health and Hygiene

New measures have been implemented across Walt Disney World dining locations to promote health and hygiene, including:

  • Enhanced Cleaning: We’ve increased cleaning in high-traffic areas such as public elevators and escalators, handrails, benches, tables, handles, restrooms and more. Additionally, seating areas, dining areas and pagers will be cleaned between Guests.
  • Reduced-Contact Menus: Menus will be shared in ways to minimize contact. At quick-service restaurants, menus will be displayed on signage. And at table-service restaurants, you can scan a code with your mobile device to access the digital menu.
  • Self-Serve Changes: Beverages and other items that were previously self-serve will instead be served by Cast Members.

Enhanced Technology

Use convenient technologies to minimize your contact with others:

  • Mobile Order Service: A time-saving feature of the My Disney Experience app, mobile order service enables you to order ahead at select dining locations and pick up food during a designated arrival window.
  • Scannable Codes for Select Restaurant Menus: While at a table-service restaurant, you can use your own mobile device to scan a code for access to the digital menu.
  • Cashless Payments: At this time, it is recommended all Guests use cashless payment options, including debit cards, credit cards and Disney Gift Cards. Guests can also opt for contactless payment options—such as mobile wallets—or use cash to purchase a Disney Gift Card at Guest Relations and select merchandise locations. Disney Resort hotel Guests can also use MagicBands to charge their purchase to their Disney Resort hotel folio.

Where to Find More Info

This is a very fluid situation and for more Walt Disney World reopening updates, check here  or contact your TMFLT Travel Counselor.

If you would like to request a no-obligation quote to visit Walt Disney World and other destinations, request pricing here.

Updates to Disney Dining When Walt Disney World Reopens

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