Walt Disney World has announced some changes to the current Advanced Dining Reservation system, as well as an announcement of an upcoming online system to debut this Fall.
The Walt Disney World Resort will release a new reservation booking system for dining, recreation and tour reservations in late October 2008. The new reservation system will replace our current Dining Reservation System and will allow you to book multiple dining reservations in one experience, while associating reservations to your Walt Disney World Resort room reservations.
In the future, Guests will be able to make dining reservations online at disneyworld.com with this new reservation booking system. The launch date for this enhancement will be announced at a later date.
As a result of the system upgrade, effective July 29 through late October 2008, Guests will be able to book dining reservations up to Jan. 25, 2009 arrivals. In late October, booking processes will return to normal, allowing Guests to book up to 180 days of arrival.
The system upgrade will not impact Victoria and Albert’s Restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and Chef Mickey’s Restaurant. Those three venues will continue to observe the normal booking processes throughout the system cutover.
Note: Any and all dates listed above are subject to change without notice.
So, dining reservations will stay as normal until July 29, 2008. At that time, basically everything stops in time, with the exception of the three restaurants listed above, which will retain their 180 day booking window. If you are traveling after January 25, 2009, you will need to wait until October to book your dining reservations, with the exception of those three restaurants, of course.
This is an exciting change, that guest and travel agents will not be able to book dining reservations online. No more calling Disney at 7 AM to get that coveted Cinderella’s Royal Table time slot. It will be interesting to see how the system is implemented, and if you will be required to have an existing Disney World reservation to use it, and if it will limit the number of reservations you can have at one time. I hope Disney takes their time to prevent any possible misuse of the system before it is launched.