Booking large groups for dining at Disney World

Many people travel to Disney World as part of a group, whether it be with family, friends, teams, etc. However, when it comes to dining, not all Table Service restaurants may be able to accommodate large numbers, and that can make planning your Advanced Dining Reservations difficult.

If you plan on making reservations for a large group while visiting Disney World, here are some tips and a list of available Table Service restaurants with their maximum party sizes to help you plan.

Tips for dining with large groups

  • Even though the restaurants below have the possibility of booking parties the size listed, the availability may be limited and/or unavailable depending upon the time of year you are traveling and the time of day you wish to dine.
  • If booking a large group, try eating during off hours instead of during peak dining times to maximize your chances of securing an Advanced Dining Reservation.
  • Try booking online first at 6:00 am EST and then, if needed, you can call the reservation line for help when they open at 7:00 am EST.
  • Some of the Downtown Disney/Disney Springs restaurants hold back availability. If you can’t secure a reservation through Disney, try calling those restaurants directly.
  • If you can’t snag 1 reservation for all of you, consider breaking your reservation into 2 smaller ones. Then, when you check in, do so together and ask to be seated near each other. Note - If you do try to book 2 reservations you will need to call the reservation line as opposed to booking online since the website won’t allow you to hold 2 reservations that overlap.
  • Even if you book 1 reservation, depending on your party size and the restaurant, you may be split up into multiple tables.
  • An automatic gratuity of 18% is added onto all parties of 6 more.
  • If you plan to book at a restaurant that requires prepayment (like Cinderella’s Royal Table or Hoop Dee Doo), don’t forget you’ll have to prepay for everybody unless you are on the Dining Plan.
  • Like all Advanced Dining Reservations, book in the order of popularity NOT in the chronological order of your trip.
  • All members of a party must be present in order to be seated, so make sure everybody knows when and where they are supposed to be!

Maximum numbers allowed at each restaurant

Each restaurant has a different maximum number that they will allow on 1 reservation. If your party size exceeds the number below, you'll need to call to make multiple reservations to accommodate your group.

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Restaurant Max Dining Plan? Location Notes
50's Prime Time 20 Yes Hollywood Studios
1900 Park Fare 30 Yes Grand Floridian
Akershus 16 Yes Epcot
Artist Point 12 Yes, 2 credits Wilderness Lodge
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop 8 Yes Beach Club
Be Our Guest 14 Yes Magic Kingdom
Biergarten 30 Yes Epcot
The BOATHOUSE 8 Yes Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (The Landing) Reservations for larger groups are often availble on Open Table even when Disney shows no availability. You can also try calling the restaurant directly at (407) 939-2628.
Boatwrights Dining Hall 12 Yes Port Orleans-Riverside
Boma - Flavors of Africa 16 Yes Animal Kingdom Lodge
Bongos Cuban Cafe 10 Yes Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (West Side) Reservations for larger groups are often availble on Open Table even when Disney shows no availability. You can also try calling the restaurant directly at (407) 828-0999.
California Grill 14 Yes, 2 credits Contemporary
Capa 7 No Four Seasons
Cape May Cafe 20 Yes Beach Club
Captain's Grille 12 Yes Yacht Club
Chef Mickey's 24 Yes Contemporary
Chefs de France 11 Yes Epcot
Cinderella's Royal Table 24 Yes Magic Kingdom May have better luck calling if nothing is available online.
Citricos 9 Yes, 2 credits Grand Floridian
Coral Reef 11 Yes Epcot
Crossroads at House of Blues 7 Yes Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (West Side) Reservations for larger groups are often availble on Open Table even when Disney shows no availability. You can also try calling the restaurant directly at (407) 934-2538.
The Dining Room at Wolfang Puck Grand Cafe 6 Yes, 2 credits Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (West Side)
The Crystal Palace 30 Yes Magic Kingdom
Spirit of Aloha 49 Yes, 2 credits Polynesian
Flying Fish 6 Yes, 2 credits Boardwalk
Fultons Crab House 8 Yes, 2 credits Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (The Landing) If nothing available through Disney, try booking directly through the restaurant at (407) 934-2628.
Garden Grill 16 Yes Epcot
Garden Grove 14 No Swan
Grand Floridian Cafe 12 Yes Grand Floridian
Hollywood Brown Derby 14 Yes, 2 credits Hollywood Studios
Hollywod & Vine 18 Yes Hollywood Studios
Hoop Dee Doo 49 Yes, 2 credits Ft. Wilderness
Il Mulino 11 No Swan If nothing available through Disney, try booking directly through the restaurant at (407) 934-1199 OR by calling the Swan & Dolphin reservation line at (407) 934-1609.
Jiko - The Cooking Place 8 Yes, 2 credits Animal Kingdom Lodge
Kona Cafe 18 Yes Polynesian
La Hacienda de San Angel 12 Yes Epcot
Las Ventanas 8 Yes Coronado Springs
Le Cellier 12 Yes, 2 credits Epcot
Liberty Tree Tavern 19 Yes Magic Kingdom
Mama Melrose Ristorante Italiano 21 Yes Hollywood Studios
Maya Grill 9 Yes Coronado Springs
Mickey's Backyard BBQ 49 Yes, 2 credits Ft. Wilderness
Monsieur Paul 11 Yes, 2 credits Epcot
Narcoossee's 7 Yes, 2 credits Grand Floridian Call Disney Dining for parties larger than 7.
Nine Dragons 19 Yes Epcot
Ohana 30 Yes Polynesian
Olivia's Cafe 19 Yes Old Key West
Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas 12 Yes Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (The Landing) Reservations for larger groups are often availble on Open Table even when Disney shows no availability. You can also try calling the restaurant directly at (407) 934-3700.
Planet Hollywood 15 Yes Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (West Side) If nothing available through Disney, try booking directly through the restaurant at (407) 827-7827.
The Plaza Restaurant 12 Yes Magic Kingdom
Portobello Country Italian Trattoria 10 Yes Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (The Landing) If nothing available through Disney, try booking directly through the restaurant at (407) 934-8888.
Raglan Road 8 Yes Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (The Landing) Reservations for larger groups are often availble on Open Table even when Disney shows no availability. You can also try calling the restaurant directly at (407) 938-0300.
Rainforest Cafe - Animal Kingdom 8 Yes Animal Kingdom If nothing available through Disney, try booking directly through the restaurant at (407) 938-9100.
Rainforest Cafe - Downtown Disney 8 Yes Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (Marketplace) If nothing available through Disney, try booking directly through the restaurant at (407)827-8500.
Ravello 7 No Four Seasons
Restaurant Marrakesh 25 Yes Epcot
Rose & Crown 14 Yes Epcot
Sanaa 12 Yes Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village
San Angel Inn Restaurante 11 Yes Epcot
Sci-Fi Dine In Theater 30 Yes Hollywood Studios
Shula Steak House 11 No Dolphin If nothing available through Disney, try booking directly through the restaurant at (407) 934-1362 OR by calling the Swan & Dolphin reservation line at (407) 934-1609.
Shutters at Old Port Royale 30 Yes Caribbean Beach
Spice Road Table 9 Yes Epcot
Splitsville Dining Room 14 Yes Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (West Side) If nothing available through Disney, try booking directly through the restaurant at (407) 938-7467.
Teppan Edo 18 Yes Epcot
Todd English's bluezoo 10 No Dolphin If nothing available through Disney, try booking directly through the restaurant at (407) 934-1111 OR by calling the Swan & Dolphin reservation line at (407) 934-1609.
Tokyo Dining 9 Yes Epcot
Tony's Town Square 14 Yes Magic Kingdom
Trails End Restaurant 14 Yes Ft. Wilderness
Trattoria al Forno 12 Yes Boardwalk
T-Rex 8 Yes Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (Marketplace) If nothing available through Disney, try booking directly through the restaurant at (407) 828-8739.
Turf Club Bar and Grill 24 Yes Saratoga Springs
Tusker House 16 Yes Animal Kingdom
Tutto Italia Ristorante 8 Yes Epcot
Via Napoli 14 Yes Epcot
Victoria and Alberts 8 No Grand Floridian
The Wave 15 Yes Contemporary
Whispering Canyon Cafe 30 Yes Wilderness Lodge
Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe 6 Yes Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (West Side) If nothing available through Disney, try booking directly through the restaurant at (407) 938-9653.
Yachtsman Steak House 10 Yes, 2 credits Yacht Club
Yak & Yeti 8 Yes Animal Kingdom

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Emily

We are a family of 6. I keep seeing the phrase “an 18% gratuity is automatically included for parties of 6 or more” but what does ‘included’ mean? Do we need to have cash or some other form of payment ready to cover the tip or is it “included” on the price we paid for our DDP?

“Included” means they add it on to your bill without you filling in the amount. Disney Dining Plan credits don’t cover gratuity, so you’ll need to have a card or cash available to cover the 18%.

Russell Vickery

Just to update post, Planet Hollywood biggest party can only be 8

Megan

We have a party of 5 – 3 adults, a 6yo, and a (newly) 3yo. I have only been able to find a table of 4 at the popular places. Do you know if they’ll let us seat with the 3yo on a lap?

You must make the reservation for all 5 of you, even if the youngest one sits on your lap. It’s for fire code purposes. You can try booking two different reservations (like a table of 3 and table of 2) and then when you check in, you can tell them you’d like to be seated together.

Bridget

I tried today to make a reservation for 11 for June at Coral Reef in Epcot and they said that Coral Reef cannot seat parties of more than 8. So I think your information needs updating.

Deborah Pettyjohn

Hi, We are a group of ten going to Disney World in September 2016. I just tried to make reservations for Mickey’s Backyard Barbecue by calling the reservations line but none were available. If I keep calling back what are the chances there will be cancellations that become available? Should I try making smaller reservations and hope I get everyone in? What is the cancellation policy? I know you have to pay in advance.

Kim

Do you know if the bill can be split for large groups between families?

Rosalynda Ellis

Shannon, These are all great tips! I always love the information you put out. I would have loved this post in 2014 when I planned a trip for 17. Dining was tricky to say the least. I wanted to comment about ‘Ohana. We attempted to get ADR for ‘Ohana for all 17 during Wishes one night. Even though, I attempted to book that reservation first exactly on the 180 mark for the end of our trip, I was unable to secure it. We instead did two separate reservations as you mentioned in the post. We called a week before the… Read more »

tina dutton

Newbie here. If they automatically add gratuity to parties of 6, how does that work with a dining plan. Is that a separate bill? And if they add the gratuity, you do not need to leave a separate tip do you? Making plans for February and just want to do it right.
Thanks

Tips are separate from the Disney Dining Plan. The check you receive will show that you don’t owe anything for the food, but you’ll owe 18% for the tip which you can pay however you like. You don’t need to leave anything in addition to that unless you feel like the server deserved more.

tina

Thanks a lot! Just made planning easier.

Jill

We travelled with a party of 12 earlier this year and I used a couple of ways to secure our reservations. For a couple of them I was able to make them online. For others I had to make two separate reservations using different log ins from My Disney Experience (i.e. the site wouldn’t let me reserve two tables, but I could reserve one with my account and then reserve a second one under my husband’s account). I also made a reservation of 6 people since that was the most it would let me sit, then called and asked to… Read more »

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