Character meals without reservations?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by SoccermomVA, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. SoccermomVA

    SoccermomVA Earning My Ears

    Aug 8, 2014
    Hello! Our upcoming trip is pretty much planned out, including meal reservations. My question is, can you get into a character-meal without reservations?

    We do have dinner reservations at Akershus at 8pm. It's relatively late for my almost-4 year old to have dinner but there are no earlier reservations. Is it impossible to get seated without a reservation if we showed up at the restaurant earlier?
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  3. figment_jii

    figment_jii DIS Veteran

    Apr 22, 2006
    Anything is possible, but it's not necessarily highly likely. Character meals, like Akershus, are among the most popular dining venues at WDW, so getting a walk-up might not be that easy (especially if you're aiming for the most popular dining times). Disney does not hold back tables for walk-ups. If they have openings, they will accommodate you, but if not, they will not. I would keep looking for an earlier ADR if that's what you want.

    Regarding the later ADR, I am not sure what will happen if you are able to walk-up at an earlier time. You will have to work with the restaurant and/or Disney Dining to see if you can avoid the no show fee for the later ADR.
  4. SoccermomVA

    SoccermomVA Earning My Ears

    Aug 8, 2014
    OH! I failed to think about the cancellation fee. In that case it is probably just best to continue as planned, and check the website to look for any openings.
    Thank you!
  5. marchingstar

    marchingstar Mouseketeer

    Jun 18, 2014
    I also wouldn't count on a walk-up, but if by chance you did get one, I don't think you would be charged a cancellation fee. Just let the staff at the podium know that you have a later reservation. Others have reported that the staff will count an early walk-up as you 'using' your reservation (albeit, much earlier).

    But I would still keep trying for an earlier ressie, because I'm not sure what the chances of a walk-up are at a popular character dining spot. Best of luck!
  6. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Just once, I want to see a liar's pants on fire.

    Aug 8, 2000

    1) Unfortunately, seldom.
    2) Sorry about that.
    3) One can get lucky.
    4) Usually character meals are a tough "walk-up".
    5) But, you never know until you try.
    6) Your best bet for such is at Tusker house, as they do try to squeeze people.
  7. LadyRayado

    LadyRayado Mouseketeer

    Jul 5, 2013
    How do walk-ups work? Is it like putting your name on a wait list - stop by in the morning, put your name down, and they call at some point during the day if they have an opening? Or do you just have to wait around the podium?
  8. purple figment

    purple figment DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 2009
    #2 and only if the restaurant is accepting walk ups. It is just as likely that the restaurant will turn away walk ups or might tell you to try later, but no guarantee that they'll be taking walk ups later.

    To the OP:
    Keep checking online multiple times a day to see if a cancellation comes up. With the no show penalty in place people are making a point to cancel reservations when their plans change. Walk ups at rare at character meals because they tend to be fully booked most of the time. You can also subscribe to the cancellation thread for the month you are going:
  9. snowweisz

    snowweisz Mouseketeer

    Apr 1, 2013
    Are you staying on property?

    Because of the cancellation rule, people cancel the day before just above the 24 hr mark. If you're staying at a Disney resort, you could go to your front desk and ask them to check same day reservations for you in the morning.
    That might be a better shot than doing walk up
  10. NewRVLady

    NewRVLady DIS Veteran

    Jan 26, 2014
    Is this your first trip?
    Disney is exhausting-I really cant see a 4 year old even wanting to eat that late-UNLESS you do a big mid afternoon nap

    Is there really nothing in the 5pm range even?

    I had to try on several days to get the time I wanted-keep trying! really!

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