News: Select Disney World Resort Restaurants Now Available to Reserve on OpenTable

You may be familiar with OpenTable as an online tool to make restaurant reservations in dining locations across the United States. For some time now, several Disney Springs restaurants have been available for booking via the website, but those have been relegated to non-Disney owned restaurants.

OpenTable Screenshot

OpenTable Screenshot

But that just changed, as six additional Disney World Resort restaurants are now available for booking on Open Table: Flying Fish at BoardWalk Inn, Grand Floridian Cafe at the Grand Floridian, Boatwright’s at Port Orleans Resort — Riverside, The Wave at the Contemporary Resort, Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge, and Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge. These are in addition to Olivia’s Cafe at Old Key West Resort, Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Village Resort, and Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

OpenTable Screenshot

OpenTable Screenshot

Outside of Disney World, Wind & Waves Grill at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is also available for booking.

OpenTable Screenshot

OpenTable Screenshot

Booking through OpenTable requires signing up for an account on the site and providing your email address so you may receive information regarding your reservation.

OpenTable Confirmation Message Screenshot

OpenTable Confirmation Message Screenshot

Upon booking a table, guests receive a confirmation message along with any additional information necessary.

OpenTable Confirmation Message Screenshot

OpenTable Confirmation Message Screenshot

Guests also have the ability to modify or cancel their reservation. So in that sense, it’s similar to making an Advance Dining Reservation via DisneyWorld.com or the My Disney Experience app. A major difference, though, is that — at time of publishing — guests are not required to provide a credit card in order to make a reservation via OpenTable, thereby not incurring a cancellation or no show fee, as is the case with an Advance Dining Reservation made through Disney’s official booking engines. (However, be aware that three no-shows will result in OpenTable revoking your account’s booking privileges. Thanks to DFB Reader Sharon for the information!)

Another difference is that you will not find the same 180 day booking window for reservations made through Disney. In attempting to book Boatwright’s via OpenTable on December 21st, for instance, the furthest out we could make a reservation was for February 28, 2018.

OpenTable Screenshot

OpenTable Screenshot

Again, as brand new offerings on OpenTable.com, there may be changes to these policies in the future, or perhaps additional Disney World Resort restaurants in the system if these options prove successful. So, please share your thoughts: would you consider booking one of these restaurants via OpenTable.com?

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Comments

  1. lisa says

    We used OpenTable to book our Boathouse reservation last night. Wonderful experience and great food & service!

  2. Marlene says

    We’ve used Open Table for over 10 years now. Three things we’ve learned:

    1. Check that you do get a confirming email (that you’ve clicked all the way through the process).
    Saves embarrassment at the restaurant check in desk.

    2. Verify that the restaurant has you marked at “seated”.
    (3 no-shows will get you bounced out of Open Table ! Sometimes you’ll have to provide your receipt information to prove that you showed up and were seated, if the check in person doesn’t do it correctly.)

    3. For any reservations for which you get 100 points…after 20 reservations, you can get a $20 dining reward! Check the Open Table website for terms and conditions:
    https://help.opentable.com/s/article/What-are-OpenTable-Dining-Rewards-and-Points-1505260326221?language=en_US

  3. romaine says

    Hello.

    Is there a list of all the Disney restaurants that can be booked through open table? I tried finding a list on opentable dot com, but could find anything helpful.

  4. DFB Sarah says

    Stacey, that’s correct; there’s no preferential treatment for ADRs made directly with Disney.

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