Planning a Disney World trip can be tricky!
After you figure out your hotel and Park Pass reservations, you’ll want to make dining reservations for the sit-down meals you’re hoping for. And you don’t need us to tell ya that can feel impossible sometimes! We’ve given you plenty of tips to help you snag those hard-to-get Advance Dining Reservations, but sometimes, they fill up before you can grab a spot. Luckily, we’ve got a pretty cool trick for you to try!
Lately, Disney World’s been in the habit of extending their park hours. This typically happens a couple of weeks out from the affected dates. And with these extensions, we’ve seen park time extended up to 4 hours! That’s a LOT more time to play in the parks, guys.
You may be thinking about how many more rides you’ll be able to hop on, but there’s a hidden bonus to these added park hours. And that’s dining reservations, friends! When park hours are extended, dining reservations are added for those “new” hours. And they tend to be wide open for a bit!
We’re gonna paint a picture for ya. Let’s say you’re struggling to snag a reservation for Oga’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge (trust us, we’ve ALL been there.). And let’s say Disney’s Hollywood Studios just announced that their park hours for next Monday changed from a 7PM closing to an 8PM closing. As SOON as you hear about that change, you should go to Disney’s website and try to grab that reservation for sometime between 7PM and 8PM.
Of course, that’s a totally theoretical scenario, but you can imagine how this little hack could play out in all sorts of different scenarios. Wanting breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table? Grab one when Magic Kingdom’s morning hours are extended! Dinner at Be Our Guest? Book for extended evening hours!
This trick is SO quick ‘n’ easy, but it does require you to keep a close eye on Disney World’s park hours. And it does require timing. More reservations may not be automatically released. The restaurant may close before the park. There are plenty of scenarios that can mess this up. But it’s totally worth the try!! And luckily, we update you every time those change here at DFB! Stay tuned so you know exactly when to grab those tough reservations. And we’ll keep bringing you lots more Disney news, too!
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Which dining reservations are YOU trying to get? Let us know in the comments!