Dining Essential Information
Types of Service
There are three types of dining service at the Walt Disney World Resort
- Quick Service Dining
Includes counter service, food courts, lounges and bars. Reservations not accepted.
- Full Service Dining
Includes all table service restaurants, dinner shows and other special dining experiences. Table service restaurant dining styles range from:
Advanced Dining Reservations are highly recommended at all Full Service locations and may be required at some locations.
- A-la-carte: diners select from a menu
- Buffet: diners go to a food display for self selection from a variety of dishes
- Family style: dishes of food from a set menu placed on the table for self selection
- Set plate: meal is pre-plated with all diners receiving the same items.
- In-Room Dining
For Disney Resort Guests. Ranges from pizza delivery to a full menu depending on the Resort. Delivery times and menus vary by Resort.
All children (including infants) must be counted as members of the party when making reservations even if the infant will be seated in a highchair, carrier, adult lap, not ordering a meal or eating off the adult plate. Incorrect party size numbers due to infants may delay seating time. See also "Dining with Children" for more information.
For parties of 6 or more, an 18% gratuity will be automatically added to the bill.
For parties of 13 or more at most Full Service dining locations (8 or more at Disney Dinner Shows), reservations must be made through the Group Dining department (407-939-7707) to ensure the best possible dining experience for the entire party. (Reservations for parties of 13 or more made through the regular process via multiple reservations, may not be seated at the same time or near each other).
Dining with Children
For dining purposes, a child is classified between the ages of 3 and 9. A child within this age group will be presented with a child's menu unless otherwise requested. Some restaurants where the inclusion of children is not recommended (including but not limited to: Victoria and Albert's, Bistro de Paris) do not offer a children's menu. Most buffet locations offer a children's buffet area with children's favorites.
For children under the age of 3 please note the following:
- Table Service: Children under 3 may share from an adult's ordered plate at no charge. However, children under 3 who choose to order a separate meal from the children's/adult menu, will be charged the price as noted on the menu. Free refills are available on child beverages, including juices, milk, chocolate milk, bottled water and soda. This refill policy does not apply to specialty drinks.
- Buffet/All-You-Care-To-Eat: Children under age three may share from an adult's plate at no charge. If a child under three wishes for a meal from a separate a-la-carte menu or children's menu in lieu of the buffet or all-you-care-to-eat menu at that location, they will be charged the price as noted on the menu.
- Quick Service: The Kids' Picks menu at many Quick Service locations gives Guests ages 9 and under their choice of two side items (carrots, grapes or applesauce) and one beverage (water, milk or juice) along with their selected entree. Sugar-Free Jell-O will also be available as an add-on option. French fries and fountain beverages available upon request.
All Walt Disney World Resort restaurants except major credit cards (Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, Disney Rewards Card, JCB, MasterCard), travelers checks, Disney gift cards, chargeable Key to the World Resort room key cards and cash as forms of payment. Personal checks are NOT accepted.
Advance Payment Requirements
A credit card guarantee, advance payment in full (or deposit) may be required for some dining experiences.
Credit Card Guarantee
Dining locations which require a credit card guarantee can include (but not limited to): Akershus Princess Storybook Dining, Victoria and Albert's, California Grill, any special dining packages (ex: Candlelight and Fantasmic! dining packages), all Children's Activity Centers and meals on popular holidays (ex: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, U.S. Thanksgiving, Easter). .
Credit Card and billing information (full address and phone number associated with card) is required at the time of booking as a guarantee. Generally, reservations with a credit card guarantee have a 48-hour cancellation policy of $10 USD per person charged to the guaranteed credit card if the reservation is canceled within 48 hours or for no shows. Victoria and Albert's and California Grill also require a credit card guarantee with a 24-hour cancellation policy and a $20 - $25 USD per person charge if the reservation is canceled within 24 hours or for a no show. Exact cancellation policies for each location are advised at time of booking.
Guests who have purchased a package which includes dining at the location being reserved are still required to provide a credit card guarantee. Guaranteed reservations for package Guests are still subject to the same cancellation penalties.
Advance Payment In Full
Dining locations which require advance payment in full can include (but not limited to): Cinderella's Royal Table, Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue Dinner Show, Mickey's Backyard Barbeque and My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea Party.
Payment in full by a credit card is due at time of booking. Accurate billing address and phone number associated with card is required. No Exceptions can be made. All Guests with a pre-purchased package which includes dining MUST still guarantee the reservation with a credit card and are subject to the cancellation policy.
Guest must cancel the reservation in advance for a full refund. Exact cancellation policies are advised at time of booking for each location.
Theme Park Dining
Guests must have valid Theme Park admission in order to dine within a Disney Theme Park.
Advance Dining Reservations may be confirmed for a time which is prior to a Theme Park opening. If this is the case, the entire party should proceed to the turnstiles with their confirmation number and valid Theme Park admission in hand. Guests should arrive at the turnstiles at least 20 - 30 minutes prior to the confirmed dining time to allow for entry time, walk time to the restaurant and check-in. A Disney Cast Member will validate the Dining Reservation number and allow entrance for the number of people (including infants) included on the reservation (see "Party Size" for information on who to include in a reservation).
If a member of the dining party will be arriving/seated in a wheelchair, please advise the reservation agent of this information when making an Advance Dining Reservation.