Table Service Dining Overview

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If you are looking for an interactive and/or engaging experience at Disney, you are probably looking for the Disney Table Service restaurants.  Table Service restaurants not only have a theme that is designed to amplify your meal, but these are also the places where you can have a character meal, meaning a date with the Mouse himself (don’t worry, Minnie is there too or Winnie the Pooh, or Princesses or many more)!

Each park has different options available for kosher at Table Service restaurant so make sure to check out the chapter of the park (Disney World or Disneyland) you are visiting for details.  Generally after making your reservation, you have to give notice that you are looking for a kosher meal 24-48 hours before the reservation (depending on the restaurant and the park).  As with all Disney reservations, you are required to give a credit card at the time of the reservation and it will be charged if you don’t give at least 24 hour notice before cancelling.

At Table Service meals you will usually have the option to get an appetizer (crepe or soup), a main dish, and a desert, and when offered a sealed roll is included with your meal.  If the meal is part of an all you can eat buffet or show, you will not get all you can eat (you will on Disney Cruise Line, but more on that in later chapters), instead you will get one of each of the items mentioned above, if ordered.

Reservations open 60-180 days beforehand, and some people stay up so they can book at exactly midnight, so if you have something you are eyeing, try to make your reservation as soon as you can.  Since Disney allows you to cancel up to 24 hours before the day of the reservation you can always cancel. (Some restaurants, such as Cinderella’s Table, require you to make a payment in full rather than just giving a credit card on file when making a reservation, but if you cancel in time it will be refunded.)

Food at Table Service experiences  will be a slight upgrade from the quick service  options, so don’t expect the food to be of the same quality your fellow diners are having, or for it to match the  theme of the restaurant you are eating at. (Yes, it is possible that while eating at Be Our Guest everyone will be having French food and you could be having reheated pizza)  So if that matters to you, make sure to order food as comparable as possible when you pre-book your meal.

Bon Appétit!

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