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Dining Reservations

Disney World Restaurants join OpenTable reservation system

Making a dinner reservation at Walt Disney World just got a bit easier with a selection of Disney-owned restaurants now available to book on OpenTable. While many restaurants at the Disney Springs complex and a few at The Swan and Dolphin were already making some… Read More »Disney World Restaurants join OpenTable reservation system

Disney Targets Unscrupulous Dining Reservation Scalpers

Back in August we shared an angry, but justified, rant against unscrupulous scalpers who were ruining the Disney Dining experience for the average guest just trying to make a reservation for their trip. A mini-industry had evolved with a business system based on charging Disney’s… Read More »Disney Targets Unscrupulous Dining Reservation Scalpers

Are unscrupulous scalpers ruining the Disney Dining Experience?

Anna Skamarakas, one of the original panelists on the Disney World Moms Panel (so she knows what she’s talking about), has exposed a very real problem with the Disney Dining system. On a new vlog, Skamarakas fumes over the state of Disney’s dining reservation system… Read More »Are unscrupulous scalpers ruining the Disney Dining Experience?

A New Idea for Restaurant Reservations

Stumbled across an interesting article, with a lot of numbers and inisght, from Nick Kokonas co-owner of Alenia and other restaurants with Grant Achatz, one of our nation’s most prominent chefs and restauranteurs. Kokonas explains the value selling tickets instead of reservations provided to his… Read More »A New Idea for Restaurant Reservations

Coordinating Your Dining with Fastpass+ at Disney World

This post brought to you by Christina Wood of Pixie Vacations, the preferred Disney vacation travel planner of The Disney Blog.


Back when Disney opened up dining reservations for guests 180-days in advance of travel, there was  a lot of grumbling about how this meant too much planning and took a lot of the spontaneity of your trip. And they were right. It’s difficult to predict what you’ll want to eat next week, much less six months in advance. Add to that variables like heat, crowd levels, sick kids, grumpy uncles, and the occasional cash flow problem and it can be downright stressful to plan your meals that far in advance.  But here we are years later and most of us have adapted to the system just fine. Of course, now there’s a new wrench thrown into your plans: Fastpass+.

With Fastpass+, you’ll plan your fastpasses up to 60 days prior to travel (30 for off site guests).  Since you’re already planning your meals months before that, you’ll need to plan your fastpasses around those meals. Fortunately, if you’re using My Disney Experience and you’ve either made your reservations with that system or adding your confirmation numbers to your profile, your dining reservations will pop up when you make your fastpass selections, alerting you to any overlap.  You’ll choose your three fastpasses and then be offered up to four groups to select from. The first one is supposed to be ideal and usually doesn’t conflict with your dining time, but the rest will often have an overlap for at least one ride. Don’t fret about that. Instead, make your selection and once you’ve processed it, go back in and change that time–you’ll usually be given several other options.

So how do you organize all this?  I know a lot of you don’t like all this planning and what I’m seeing is that for the average guest, it seems like a lot of extra work, but with a little extra thought, it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a timeline to help:Read More »Coordinating Your Dining with Fastpass+ at Disney World