If you’re planning a trip to Disney World in 2023 and you have a list of must-do restaurants to visit, you need to know which restaurants might give you the hardest time when you’re trying to book your Advance Dining Reservations.
Booking a dining reservation isn’t always difficult in Disney World, but a few table service restaurants make it a little trickier than others. We don’t want you to walk away from your trip disappointed, so let’s go over which restaurant reservations will be the HARDEST to get in 2023!
Dining reservations open up 60 days before your visit (around 5:45AM ET), so if you want to reserve any of the restaurants on this list, it’s a good idea to mark your calendar and set an alarm so that you don’t miss your opportunity to book the reservations you want. Let’s get into it!
Restaurants That Are Currently Open
Space 220 – EPCOT
Space 220 is one of EPCOT’s newest restaurants and with a very unique dining experience, this restaurant has proven very difficult for snagging reservations. Diners get to board an elevator designed to look like they’re actually getting transported to the Centauri Space Station, and inside the restaurant, there are panoramic views of space.
Menu items are uniquely space-themed, and even the Space 220 Lounge (which also requires reservations) can be difficult to get into. It’s safe to assume that this restaurant will continue its popularity in 2023, so make sure you set your alarm to get a reservation! You might also have an easier time getting a reservation for the lounge. That’s worth a try if you can’t find a standard ressie and you really want to go here!
Topolino’s Terrace – Disney’s Riviera Resort
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Topolino’s Terrace is one of the most delicious spots in Disney World! Whether you want a tasty character breakfast or a unique and delicious dinner, you get to enjoy the beautiful views from the rooftop of Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Topolino’s is also conveniently located on the Disney Skyliner line, making it easy to get to from a variety of places around Disney World. And with a menu featuring incredible French and Italian cuisine, this restaurant continues to be one of the most in-demand dining locations in Disney World.
Be Our Guest – Magic Kingdom
Be Our Guest lets diners inside Belle and the Beast’s castle, with three different dining rooms and a French-inspired menu. You can dine inside the Grand Ballroom (from the dance scene in Beauty and the Beast), the Beast’s moody West Wing, or the Rose Gallery.
Also, Be Our Guest is one of the only places to meet the Beast himself! He currently walks through the restaurant to greet guests from a distance, but it’s possible that he could resume his post-meal meet-and-greets in 2023. Keep reading DFB for more updates! This restaurant has been open for a while, but due to its atmosphere, it continues to be a location that can be pretty tough in terms of finding a reservation.
Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom
It’s hard to go more classic Disney World dining than Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom. Dining inside Cinderella’s Castle? Yes, please!
This restaurant offers a prix-fixe menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it is also a Character Meal featuring Disney Princesses!
For both of those reasons, Cinderella’s Royal Table has historically been and remains one of the most popular and in-demand dining experiences in all of Disney World.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – EPCOT
Speaking of Disney Princess meals… Akershus Royal Banquet Hall reopened at long last in November 2022! Akershus is a popular character dining spot in EPCOT’s Norway pavilion, featuring a variety of Disney Princesses in a castle setting. Even since it’s reopening, Akershus is currently the ONLY complete Disney Princess Character Meal in Disney World, so the spot is in even bigger demand than usual!
Akershus Royal Banquest Hall features all-you-care-to-enjoy family-style platters featuring — among other dishes — Traditional KjØttkaker (Norwegian meatballs) or the Kylling og Melboller (similar to chicken and dumplings) along with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Grilled Salmon, and Macaroni & Cheese.
And, guess what?? Akershus will begin serving BREAKFAST again starting May 14th, 2023!
California Grill – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
California Grill is not only a restaurant recognized by the Michelin Guide, but it also offers sweeping views from the rooftop of the Contemporary Resort. That means an optimal view of Magic Kingdom — including the Happily Ever After fireworks!
California Grill has historically been one of the most hard-to-get reservations in Disney World so there’s no reason to expect 2023 to be any different. The restaurant is currently serving a 3-course selection menu featuring “contemporary, market-inspired cuisine,” and you can find our most recent review here.
‘Ohana – Disney’s Polynesian Resort
‘Ohana remains one of Disney World’s most popular restaurants. Located in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, this restaurant offers a unique menu featuring Hawaiian-style dishes for dinner, and the beloved ‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast returned on September 27th, 2022.
If you want to visit with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and other Disney friends to start your day, you’ll probably want to set that alarm as soon as you can book.
Victoria & Albert’s – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
One of Disney World’s most exclusive (and fanciest!) dining experiences, Victoria & Albert’s, has reopened in Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel & Spa, and this spot is NOT easy to reserve, whether it comes down to the high price, limited reservations, or the fact that the restaurant is a AAA Five Diamond Award Winner.
There are three experiences to choose from and each dining room is limited to a small number of guests, meaning it’s not easy to find reservations open. Additionally, the restaurant has since received new designs, new menu items, and more, and if you have room in your budget to spare, you might want to try for a reservation here!
Cape May Cafe – Disney’s Beach Club
Cape May Cafe is a buffet restaurant located in Disney’s Beach Club Resort, and it’s been open for some time now — but once Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast returned on October 4th, 2022, the spot once again became quite popular!
Minnie’s character breakfast includes Minnie and pals dressed up for a day at the beach. And considering that Cape May Cafe (located in Disney’s Beach Club) is just STEPS away from EPCOT, this is a great spot to start or cap off your day!
Roundup Rodeo BBQ – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Though this spot is NOT a Toy Story character meal, the theming is pretty incredible nonetheless!
We certainly expect this new restaurant to stay in demand throughout 2023.
Restaurants That Have Yet to Open
Summer House on the Lake – Disney Springs
Summer House announced that they will be opening a Summer House on the Lake location in Disney Springs in late 2023. This restaurant will serve sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and more, and at their current restaurant locations in Chicago and North Bethesda they also offer a weekend brunch and host private parties.
As is the case with most new restaurants, this one is sure to be in demand once it opens. Disney has not yet shared where Summer House will be located in Disney Springs or an official opening timeline, so keep checking back with DFB for more updates.
Dining reservations open up 60 days before your visit (around 5:45AM ET), so make sure you mark your calendar and set your alarm to avoid missing out on these hard-to-get reservations! And keep following DFB for more Disney restaurant news and reviews!
What’s your favorite restaurant in Disney World? Tell us in the comments!