There’s no doubt about it. Walt Disney World has some AMAZING restaurants. Some are noteworthy for the food, some for the experience and some for both!
BUT these restaurants are extremely popular and can be very hard to secure Advanced Dining Reservations for. As I’ve said before, you definitely want to know your reservation windows (60 Days Prior in advance)… especially if you’re trying to snag a popular ADR. Reservations can be made starting each day *typically at 5:45am EST online (previously 6am EST so if times aren’t immediately available keep refreshing) or 7am EST by phone.
- Pro Tip: If you’re staying at a Disney Resort, try booking your last day first for your ADRs. There will be more reservation times further in to your trip than on your first day. Those not staying on property will have to book every day individually; whereas on property guests will be able to reserve every day for the length of their trip (up to 10 days) starting at the 60 day arrival date.
Top 5 Hard to get ADRs
No. 1 Cinderella’s Royal Table
Cinderella’s Royal Table is by far the hardest ADR to obtain. Located inside Cinderella Castle, anyone traveling with a little princess (or big princess) wants to eat here. This is an American Style cuisine and is categorized as a Signature/Fine Dining restaurant…meaning it is at the top tier of the price scale. The price reflects the experience, location and maybe somewhat the food (I have not eaten here, just my opinion).
Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of the few restaurants you will have to pay IN FULL at the time of making your reservation. Prior to COVID, the restaurant was a Character Dining and you could meet several of the Disney Princesses. Currently, the Princesses on a hiatus from meeting royal subjects. Because of this, eating at Cinderella’s Royal Table is “slightly” cheaper at $62/adult & $37/child (versus $75/adult & $45/child).
No. 2 Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest is another popular table service restaurant in Magic Kingdom. Guests can dine in the iconic Grand Ballroom, West Wing or Castle Gallery.
The menu is listed as American/French cuisine and now both lunch and dinner are a Pre-Fixe 3 course meal, that includes “they grey stuff”!! Eating here will cost you $62/adult & $37/child but you are definitely paying for the experience as well as the food.
No. 3 Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre is a fun, unique themed restaurant in Hollywood Studios. Made to make you feel like you’re in your car, at the drive-in having dinner and a movie. While you eat your meal, you’ll watch old sci-fi clips from the 50’s.
The food is “All American cuisine” and is averagely priced. This restaurant is definitely popular for the experience but I feel that the food is great and well worth the price.
No. 4 Oga’s Cantina
Oga’s Cantina is an out-of-this-world experience. Located inside Galaxy’s Edge, this is the newest hard to get ADR. For Star Wars fans, this is a must visit spot. Even for those who aren’t that into Star Wars, this cantina is such a fun and unique experience.
Oga’s is a lounge. There isn’t a whole lot to offer in the way of food. But they do have 2 snack options, one of which is an eccentric charcuterie board. The drinks are equally surprising. You certainly wont find your standard cocktail here! The drinks and the experience are definitely worth the prices; which honestly aren’t bad for what you’re getting.
No. 5 ‘Ohana
Prior to Covid you could dine with Lilo & Stitch, Mickey and Pluto, which sadly is on a pause for right now. You can still enjoy an American family style breakfast with a Polynesian twist. A phenomenal “all you care to enjoy” breakfast that includes a delightful pineapple coconut breakfast bred. For $25 per adult and $14 per child, this is a pretty reasonable breakfast buffet. The food is absolutely delicious and the view of Seven Seas Lagoon and Cinderella Castle in the background is a must see!
‘Ohana does have a family style dinner menu that I have heard is just as good as breakfast. Be sure to bring your appetite because there is a LOT to eat! Salad, the signature ‘Ohana bread, chicken wings, dumplings, peel-n-eat shrimp, noodles and MORE!! Not to mention, they have one of my favorite cocktails that comes served in a hollowed out pineapple!
No. 6 Tusker House
A character dine & family buffet. There is a variety of foods including some American favorites as well as African style dishes. When open, you can expect to pay $55/adult & $36/child. Considering this is a buffet and a character dine, you’re definitely paying for the food AND the experience. The food is very good and the overall theming of the restaurant & characters, is well worth the price.
No. 7 Yak & Yeti
Yak & Yeti is described as a “Nepalese-style” restaurant. Which is the traditional style food from Nepal. You will find Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Teriyaki Chicken and many other Asian style favorites.
The theming is great here but the experience isn’t the same as the others. What you’re getting here is DELCIOUS food and large portions. The price is absolutely justified and totally reasonable for what you’re getting. Some of the adult meals could even be shared between 2, maybe even 3 kids depending on how big of eaters they are.
Have you been lucky and secured one of these coveted ADRs? Which one is your favorite? Or are you anxiously awaiting your reservation window and hoping to you’ll be successful at getting one?
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