Tips: Last Minute Reservations at WDW Table Service Restaurants

Le Cellier filet with mushroom risotto

Le Cellier filet with mushroom risotto

I’ve mentioned before that it’s possible to have some luck walking up to even some of the more popular WDW restaurants if you show up at “off” times, especially if you ask about openings right as the restaurant is beginning a new phase of seating. (If you browse restaurants on the official WDW website you can see the time ranges for breakfast, lunch, and dinner served at that restaurant.) There’s another way you may be able to secure that hard-to-get reservation for certain locations.

At many WDW restaurants, Disney charges $10 per person for no-shows and for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice. (You must provide a credit card when making reservations at these locations.) This encourages anyone holding a reservation that they won’t end up using to release it back into the system a day or more before the reservation time, and it seems many people are waiting until 24-36 hours before their booked ADR to cancel them.

For example, my husband and I were sitting around last night, making plans to go to Hollywood Studios and Epcot today. As we were talking, we decided to see what kind of dining reservation we could get for lunch/early dinner at Epcot. We looked first at Le Cellier, a place we’ve been looking forward to trying for lunch, but neither of us thought we’d find any availability on such short notice. Well, we had not one, not two, but three choices for different ADR times presented to us. We took the “weirdest” slot, the 2:50 pm choice, so we could spend more time at Hollywood Studios in the morning. However, we also had been given choices of 11:50 am and 1:20 pm, hardly oddball dining windows. Out of curiosity (after grabbing the ADR we wanted, of course) I searched for openings at a few more restaurants on the $10/head cancellation list, and I found several hits that I wouldn’t have expected to find.

Here is the list of restaurants that have the credit card hold/$10 per person cancellation fee. These are the ones you can try within that last 24-36 hours before you want to eat there to see if someone has opened up a slot with their cancellation.

  • 1900 Park Fare
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Artist Point
  • California Grill
  • Cape May Cafe
  • Chef Mickey’s Buffet
  • Citricos
  • The Crystal Palace
  • Flying Fish Cafe
  • The Garden Grill
  • Hollywood and Vine
  • Jiko
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Narcoossee’s
  • Ohana
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Victoria and Albert’s (cancellation fee here is actually $25/person)
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse

Additionally, the locations that require full prepayment carry a cancellation fee of the entire pre-paid amount if there is a no-show or if a cancellation is made less than 24 hours before the reservation time. Those locations are:

  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
  • Mickey’s Backyard BBQ
  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

Good luck with all of your last-minute dining reservation attempts! I wish you all as much luck with it as we just had. (Our meal at Le Cellier this afternoon was GREAT!)


About Kathy

I'm a lifetime Disney Parks fan who recently (and coincidentally) found herself relocated to Central Florida. These are our adventures visiting the many attractions and exhibits that are all too easy to overlook in favor of the headliner and super-headliner attractions.
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