You get up at 5 am on your 180 day out from check in. Why? To make those Disney Dining reservations of course! Or, not. If you’re like me, making ADRs at your 180 day mark doesn’t always happen. So, what should you do when the restaurants you were hoping for are booked? Not only do you “just keep swimming” and keep checking back consistently until you find one you are hoping to get. OR, you look for an alternative! Today, I’m going to share with you some Alternatives to Popular Disney Restaurants. Hopefully these will help you avoid a Disney Dining crisis, and maybe even find a new favorite restaurant!
Chef Mickey’s is VERY popular for many reasons! Of course the Fab 5 are there, and it’s in a fabulous location! For some fabulous character interaction from the Fab 5, consider Cape May Cafe for breakfast. Mickey, Minnie, and their friends make this breakfast and lunch a FABulous time! Another great alternative is Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Dressed in their safari finest, Donald, Daisy, and their buddies will start your day off with some magical fun at breakfast or a fun midday break for lunch.
Cinderella’s Royal Table is the elusive location for dining in Cinderella’s castle at the Magic Kingdom. While this does provide a huge “wow” factor, it’s also very hard to get a reservation here. Do you want to dine with princesses? Then consider Akerhaus for the Storybook breakfast or lunch. There are often at least 5 princesses here to enchant you. Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty are usually there. Jasmine and Mary Poppins have also been known to make an appearance. Another great alternative is 1900 Park Fare for dinner. This dinner features Cinderella and Prince Charming. Reservations at either 1900 Park Fare or Akerhaus will get you your princess fix if Cinderella’s Royal Table isn’t available.
California Grill was popular before it was reimagined, and now it’s extremely popular again! This eclectic, very adult friendly, dining location at the Contemporary Resort is a “must do” on many visitors’ lists. Perhaps it’s the atmosphere, the fabulous menu, or the premier viewing location for Wishes that makes it so popular. A nice alternative is Jiko-the Cooking Place. Located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jiko is a dining experience to be enjoyed as an alternative to California Grill. You will enjoy a unique menu, as well as a perfectly themed atmosphere!
How do you handle your Disney Dining reservations? Are you a “get up at 5 am on day 180″, or a “just wait and see what’s available” planner? With these options and alternatives, you can easily find something to fit your plans and your dining desires!
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