We know that booking a Walt Disney World vacation can be a daunting experience — especially when trying to decide where to lay your head each night! Disney resorts number in the dozens (with expansions, renovations, and new resorts in progress!), with tons of Orlando-area hotels to consider as well.
Please be advised of these temporary changes to making or canceling Advance Dining Reservations in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Irma.
New dining reservations are not being accepted for any Disney World restaurants for the dates of September 10th or 11th. Also, the regular dining cancellation policies will not be enforced for reservations through Monday, September 11th. Below is the statement from the Disney World website.
For a full and current list of cancellations and closures taking place at Disney World this weekend in anticipation of the hurricane, you can refer to this post.
If you update the My Disney Experience App on your phone today, you’ll notice some terrific new features. These include the ability to track the use of your credits on the Disney Dining Plan!
No more going over your latest dining receipt to check out how many Snacks, Quick Service, or Table Service credits you have left (aaah, the ol’ days…). It will all be right there on your phone! (Seriously. Why wasn’t this done, like, years ago?) [Read more…]
The World of Disney Food is BIG. Planning a Disney vacation is serious business, and a big part of that is where, when, and what you’re going to eat. And there are a few Disney dining mistakes you should take care to avoid.
Making assumptions, or failing to properly plan for your meals and snacks when you visit Walt Disney World, can make for a less than magical experience. But there’s good news! We know a thing or two about dining in Disney and we are ready to share what NOT to do!
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute to Book
If you only take one piece of advice from this list, make it this one. Do not wait until you get to Walt Disney World to plan your dining. In fact, make those advance dining reservations just as soon as you can — at the 180 day mark! This is especially true if you want to experience a super popular Disney restaurant, like dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant.
By booking your restaurants ahead of time, you get to choose from the largest selection of options (the closer you get to your trip, the fewer restaurants will be available), but you’re not locked in. For most Disney World restaurants, you can always cancel reservations or re-arrange your dining up until the day before your ADR.
We’ve got great news for those who have missed the presence of the Flying Fish on Disney’s BoardWalk since it closed for a lengthy refurbishment in February. It is set to reopen on Wednesday, August 3rd!
So this means that next week guests will be able to experience the all-new dining room and check out the goings-on in the new kitchen led by Chef Tim Majoras, who has been a member of the Flying Fish team since 2011.
Check out the updated menu here! I’m hoping this isn’t the FULL menu, as I don’t see the snapper OR the old-school steak on this menu, both of which were mentioned as coming back… . Fingers crossed that those items make their way back onto the menu soon… . [Read more…]
The Plaza Restaurant
Of course, in order to do so, The Plaza will not be accepting Advance Dining Reservations for a majority of the day. Wdwmagic reports that Advance Dining Reservations will only be available for booking from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon daily. Guests interested in dining later in the day can visit the podium located just outside the restaurant.
And indeed, a search for Advance Dining Reservations for the week of July 17th on the Walt Disney World website resulted in options available only in the 11:00 am hour for lunch. Here’s an example:
And though you are still able to search for “Dinner” options past July 17th, nothing comes up in testing several dates. [Read more…]
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen opened its doors in December 2015.
Since its very first day, things have functioned differently at Magic Kingdom’s newest eatery based on the classic Jungle Cruise attraction. In its opening weeks, the Skipper Canteen deviated from its counterpart Table Service restaurants by accepting only walk-up guests.
Then this past February, Disney announced that reservations would be accepted for the Skipper Canteen after all — albeit in a unprecedented form. Same-day reservations became available for the spot which previously offered none at all.
But today a third — and presumably final — change has been announced. Like all other Table Service restaurants in Magic Kingdom, the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen is now accepting Advance Dining Reservations for guests hoping to make future plans to dine there.
Advance Dining Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance of your visit via the Walt Disney World website, the My Disney Experience app, or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
Ahoy, Jungle Cruise Passengers!
If you have a trip planned to the Magic Kingdom in February, you may want to know about a new limited-time option for booking a same-day dining reservation at the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen (the Jungle Cruise Restaurant)!
Since the Jungle Skipper Canteen first opened its doors in mid-December of 2015, it has broken typical Advance Dining Reservation protocol for Table Service restaurants by retaining its status as a walk-up only location.
Perhaps in anticipation of one of Disney World’s first peak weeks of 2016, however, a same-day reservation system will be in place that will be unique to the Jungle Skipper Canteen, available from February 12 – 27, 2016. [Editor’s Update: Same-day Reservations have been extended for Skipper Canteen beyond the original trial dates, and continue to be available on a day-of booking basis.]
The process will be much the same as making a standard Advance Dining Reservation; interested guests may visit the Jungle Skipper Canteen page on the Disney World website. Of course, being outside of those dates right now, it currently only lists the standard operating hours for lunch and dinner. Presumably, however, the standard booking engine should appear on February 12th with bookings for that day only, and so on through the 27th. [Read more…]
Happy weekend! It’s time to dig in to our weekly round-up of the best Disney food news, and it’s been a busy week full of exciting annoucements!
If you’re traveling to Walt Disney World we have the scoop on the best character meals for kids of all ages! We also shared our favorite restaurants at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Did yours make the list?
We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…
Disney Food News
- Disney announced a new travel discount for this summer that gives guests a FREE quick service meal each day of their vacation!
- If you’re planning your next Disney vacation you’ll be happy to know that you can now modify your dining reservations online!
- We loved breakfast at Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
- The World of Coca-Cola is coming to Disney Springs!
- Mickey-shaped Rice Krispy Treats are #OnTheList this week. Are they your favorite too?
- A light-up lotus blossom popcorn bucket is coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disneyland changed up their 60th Anniversary popcorn bucket.
- Fulton’s Crab House in Disney Springs is now serving Sunday Brunch.
- Keep your New Year’s resolutions at Earl of Sandwich with their new low-cal “Skinny Earl” menu choices!