Last Minute Disney Dining Reservations and Where to Find Them

Last Minute Disney Dining Reservations and Where to Find Them

Let’s face it. Finding Disney dining reservations at Walt Disney World can be tough! And if you’re looking for a specific reservation that’s been on your list for a while, it can be like a full-time job.  Sometimes you didn’t plan your trip far ahead of time. Maybe you didn’t realize that you need to be logged in and ready to go before 6 a.m. on dining reservation day. Whatever the case may be, if you need a last minute Disney dining reservation and don’t know where to look, we are here to help you!


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Walt Disney World Dining Reservations

As a reminder, dining reservations can be made at Walt Disney World 60 days from the start of your trip if you’re staying on Walt Disney World property.  Disney World Dining Reservations open up at 6 a.m. EST, and the hardest-to-get reservations go very fast. Restaurants like Space 220, Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table and O’hana can be gone within minutes. So if you’re trying to snag one of those reservations, set your alarm or notify your travel agent so they can do it for you. 

So, what if you can’t get the reservation you were looking for? Keep looking! Dining reservations become available all the time, and chances are good that you’ll be able to get it. We also recommend trying to change the meal period you’re looking for, like swapping dinner for lunch, as sometimes there are more options available that way. Check out all our Tips for Making Disney Dining Reservations. 

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Last-Minute Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World 

We tried to spread out this list a little, so that no matter your location, you can find something you like. Keep in mind, that availability will depend on your party size and desired time to eat. If you’re more flexible, you’ll have more options. Additionally, we never recommend waiting until the last minute to book something. So if you can plan ahead a little bit, you’ll be in better shape.  But these restaurants usually have some availability a few days out or even sometimes the day of. 

With that being said, sometimes the best reservations are the ones that do pop up when you’re least expecting it, so it never hurts to check! Lastly, if you really can’t get that reservation you wanted and just need to eat, there are plenty of quick-service options all around Walt Disney World.  Here are some of the Best Disney Quick Service Restaurants to consider.   

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Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom Park

Liberty Tree Tavern is, in our opinion, one of the most underrated restaurants at Walt Disney World.  Located at Magic Kingdom, Liberty Tree Tavern is in the Liberty Square area.  They serve a family-style, Thanksgiving type of meal. The portions are all you care to enjoy, so you can have as much or as little as you like. 

To clarify, we don’t love this restaurant all the time.  The food is a little heavy for the very hot weather that often plagues Florida, but during the cooler months, it’s really a gem. They have a great plant-based selection and the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake is one of our favorite desserts on the property. If you’re the type of person who loves all you care to enjoy meals, this one isn’t too expensive and will keep you full for much of the day. Adult prices are $39 and kids are $21 for both lunch and dinner. Annual Passholders also receive 10% off at this restaurant. You can see the full Liberty Tree Menu here

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Boma- Flavors of Africa at Animal Kingdom Lodge

We love any excuse we can use to visit Animal Kingdom Lodge, so why not make a reservation for Boma? Boma is located at Jambo House, the main building for Animal Kingdom Lodge. They serve breakfast and dinner, both buffet-style.  Their breakfast is often considered to be one of the best breakfasts on Walt Disney World property, however, we’ve never tried it so we can’t say if we agree.  Dinner at Boma includes African flavors as well as some more familiar foods for those with pickier palates. You can see the full menu for Boma here

At breakfast, expect to pay $29 per adult and $17 per child. At dinner, prices increase to $49 per adult and $29 per child. Annual Passholders and Disney Visa Card Members save 10% here as well. 

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Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Ale & Compass is located in one of our favorite areas of Walt Disney World, Disney’s Boardwalk.  It’s located inside the Yacht Club to be exact. Ale & Compass is one of the best Walt Disney World restaurants for adults.  Ale & Compass serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We’ve tried items from both breakfast and dinner and have liked everything we’ve tried. Ale & Compass is one of our favorite breakfasts at Walt Disney World, and the prices aren’t too bad either.  The chocolate waffles are one of our favorite meals here for those of you who have a sweet tooth! Lunch offers smaller bites like sandwiches and soup, while dinner has a full menu with entrees like steak and seafood. 

They also offer mobile orders here, so if you prefer not to dine in, ordering to go is also an option.  You can see the full menu for Ale & Compass here.  Ale & Compass offers Annual Passholders and Disney Visa Card holders an additional 10% off as well. 

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Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

Although the shenanigans at Whispering Canyon can be a hoot, not everyone is up for them during a meal.  But don’t let that scare you off from this restaurant. An easy boat ride from Magic Kingdom over to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is always worth the trip. This restaurant tends to be a pretty good value for families. And if the shenanigans aren’t your thing, ask if you can dine shenanigan-free. They often have spaces in the back of the restaurant for just this purpose.  And they generally have plenty of last-minute dining slots available. You can see the full menu for Whispering Canyon here

 

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Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Sebastian’s Bistro almost always has reservations available and we aren’t really sure why.  It’s located at Disney Caribbean Beach Resort, which makes it an easy stop on Disney’s Skyliner. Since Disney’s reopening, the menu and service have changed here, but we think it’s for the better.  Now served family-style, the menu at Sebastian’s Bistro includes both a traditional menu and a plant-based one; and we loved everything we tried in both. They have a delicious bread pudding that isn’t quite as good as the bread pudding at Ohana but is a good substitute if you’re unable to grab one of the coveted reservations there. 

They are currently only serving dinner and at $29 per adult and $17 per child, we think this is one of the best dining deals at Walt Disney World.  Annual Passholders and Disney Visa Card holders can also get 10% off here. You see the full menu for Sebastian’s Bistro here

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Trattoria Al Forno on Disney’s BoardWalk

Trattoria Al Forno is another restaurant in the Boardwalk area, technically located at the Boardwalk Inn.  This restaurant serves Old World-style Italian food for both breakfast and dinner. And also offers a limited to-go menu for those who prefer not to dine in. We often talk about how this is one of our favorite breakfast spots at Walt Disney World, and it’s generally pretty easy to get a reservation here. Time slots for mobile ordering here can sometimes fill up fast, so if you prefer that, we recommend ordering earlier in the day. 

 Trattoria Al Forno has menus for breakfast lunch and dinner, with pretty reasonably priced entrees and some of the best iced coffee at Walt Disney World.  Annual Passholders can save 10% at Trattoria Al Forno as well. 

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Le Creperie de Paris in EPCOT Park

Located in the new section of the France Pavilion, near Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Disney’s new sit-down Le Creperie de Paris Restaurant hasn’t been as successful as they had originally anticipated. It’s not that it’s bad by any means, but most of the items you can get in the sit-down section are also available a la carte outside at the quick service window. 

Overall, though, for a soup, galette, hard cider, or soda and dessert crepe, the value tends to be pretty good here. And there are usually last-minute dining reservations at prime dinner times. So, if you just need a break and want a nice sit-down meal, this is a good choice. Check out the Le Creperie de Paris Menu. 

Chefs de France in EPCOT Park

Another French restaurant at Epcot that often has plenty of availability even just days before, is Chefs de France. This restaurant is always pleasant, and we never had any complaints. But for some reason, it just doesn’t draw a crowd. Maybe that’s because there’s pretty much always a festival at Epcot. Or maybe it’s just because there are so many other options at Epcot. Whatever the reason, we think this is a great spot for a relaxed meal that’s slightly fancier than usual, without being intimidatingly over the top. It’s especially lovely during the daytime with a window seat. We love this restaurant for last-minute dining reservations at Walt Disney World.  You can see the full menu for Chefs de France here

What to do if you can’t get a dining reservation at Walt Disney World 

As travel to Walt Disney World picks up and the Parks get more crowded, it can be more difficult to get that dining reservation you’ve been eyeing. Never fear as there are other options!

Mobile Order at Disney World

As I mentioned previously in this post, many of the dine-in restaurants are offering Disney Restaurant Mobile Order options.  This usually includes most of their menu, sometimes at a slightly discounted price. You can put your order through the app, choose the time you want to pick it up and they will have it ready to go for you. We recommend deciding if you’re going to do this earlier in the day so you can ensure you can get a time slot. Some of the time slots to pick up orders can fill up quickly and at that point, they stop taking orders. 

Disney World Restaurant Walk-Up Lists

Some restaurants also have walk-up lists. This is another feature that’s available in the My Disney Experience App. This is another situation where you want to join the walk-up list as soon as you can to make sure the walk-up list doesn’t close. To see if the restaurant you want has this option, just open the restaurant inside the Disney app, and if it is available “join walk-up list” will appear. At that point, it’ll tell you the wait time and you’ll be notified when you can be seated. We love using this feature for Nomad Lounge when it’s busy, and we’ve seen it show up for many other restaurants as well. Similarly, you can always walk up to a Cast Member at the door of whatever restaurant you’re looking for and just ask. Sometimes they have last-minute cancellations and can fit you in. 

Disney Table Service To Go

Another great option if you’ve missed out on your Disney Dining Reservation choices, is to try out Disney World’s Table Service To Go Meals service. Much like mobile orders, you can hop on the My Disney Experience App and check if your desired restaurant has the Order Food button. We’ve successfully used this at Ale and Compass, Trattoria al Forno, Sanaa, Kona Cafe, and Steakhouse 71. While some of these restaurants don’t have the full menus it’s such a nice treat to get a great table service meal, without the hassle of a reservation. 

Where to find Last Minute Disney Dining Reservations

Do you have a favorite restaurant at Walt Disney World with easy-to-get reservations? Let us know, we’d love to add it to the list!

Where to get Last Minute Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World

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Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .


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