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  • Writer's pictureCollin Brazan

How to find last-minute dining in Walt Disney World Resort

Updated: May 20

Quick Service

Mobile ordering has become a Walt Disney World® Resort staple, allowing guests to skip lines by selecting their food in advance on the app. Popular quick service dining, especially during busy park seasons, can see food pickup times get reserved a couple hours in advance. If you're struggling to find last-minute dining, we recommend:

  • Going directly to popular quick service restaurants. Most have at least one window dedicated to in-person orders that will take guests who cannot or do not want to use the mobile order feature. Though mobile ordering allows you to skip lines, when queue times get long, sometimes the physical line will be faster.

  • Switching out your big meal for snacks. Walt Disney World Resort has abundant small-plate options, including gourmet pretzels, spring rolls, dumplings, festival booth items and so much more that getting creative with low-wait lines at small-plate locations (or, in some cases, instant call times via mobile ordering on the My Disney Experience app) can lend itself to food that is as good as and more varied than traditional quick service counterparts.

Table Service

Advanced reservations via My Disney Experience can often crop up at the last minute for beloved restaurants as someone cancels or modifies their reservation, but when you can't seem to get an opening for that must-have restaurant experience, we recommend:

  • Checking walk-up lists. Many table service restaurants feature walk-up lists guests can check into via the My Disney Experience app as long as they are in relative proximity to the restaurant. The app will display an approximate wait time, and will send a notification when it is time to dine. We suggest getting in this line as early as possible, as walk-up slots can fill for the day, especially at popular locations.

  • Go to the restaurant. Sometimes additional seating can be found simply by talking to the host or hostess. This is especially effective if only a few, suboptimal reservation times remain on the My Disney Experience app. Again, we suggest going to the restaurant as early as possible.

  • Attend lounges or bars. Lounges adjacent to restaurants often share a kitchen and similar flavors and items, and some restaurants even have a lounge or walk-up seating bar within.

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