We already knew the Disney World dining experience was going to be quite different now that everything is opening back up, but now even the way you check-in to your restaurant is changing. Say hello to Disney’s Mobile Dine Check-In!
Normally, you show up to a Disney World restaurant when your dining reservation is ready, walk up to the hostess at the host stand and you are shown to your table. Disney is now eliminating the need for a host stand and guests will be sent directly to their table with the Mobile Dine Check-In app.
Starting June 22, this is how Walt Disney World’s table service restaurant check-in will work:
- Guests will wait for a push notification from the My Disney Experience app telling them their table is ready.
- Once you walk in the restaurant, you will skip the host stand and instead scan a QR code located in the restaurant lobby.
- The QR code will give you instructions to check-in for your reservation and confirm your arrival time and party details.
- When your table is ready, your party will be notified and directed to a specific location in the restaurant.
We think this is a great idea and will help limit guest contact with Disney staff. Next, we are wondering if there will be robot waiters too? Could be…
- TIP: Make sure to have the latest version of the My Disney Experience app downloaded on your phone. Disney’s Mobile Dine Check-In is only supported by devices running Android or iOS.
Restaurant List with Mobile Dine Check-In
At least at first, not all restaurants in Disney World will work with the Mobile Dine Check-In app. There will be a limited number of restaurants and then it will grow out from there.
Here is a list of the Disney World restaurants that will participate in the Mobile Dine Check-In app on at first:
- Be Our Guest Restaurant
- Cinderella’s Royal Table
- Liberty Tree Tavern
- Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
- Biergarten Restaurant
- Coral Reef Restaurant
- Le Cellier Steakhouse
- Rose & Crown Dining Room
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Hollywood & Vine
- Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
- 50’s Prime Time Café
- Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
- Flying Fish
- Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
- Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Grand Floridian Café at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Olivia’s Café at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
- Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
- Cape May Café at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
- Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
- Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
This is obviously part of Disney’s push for many services to be handled through mobile apps instead of the traditional ways.
Recently we’ve seen that Disney is promoting guests to use the Disney Online Hotel Check-In service which lets them skip the hotel lobby and go straight to their room. Perfect for limiting contact.
Another app is the Disney Mobile Ordering, which lets you order your food ahead at quick service restaurants, skip the line, and pick up your food when it’s ready.
We can’t wait to try out the Mobile Dine Check-In and we’ll have a first-hand report on it when we get a chance to use it ourselves.
In the meantime, they also just announced that Disney World restaurant reservations will be available once again starting June 18, for bookings June 22 through July 10. For now, Disney is only taking reservations for hotel guests only since those are the only restaurants that will be open (outside Disney Springs of course).
They are also only accepting phone reservations, and no online bookings at this time.
For more info on this read our post on Disney World Restaurant Reservations and learn everything you need to know.
Make sure to read our Disney World Reopening Guide for the latest updates on everything changing when the parks open back up July 11.
I want to know what you think about the new Mobile Dining Check-In app…
- Do you think it’s a good addition?
- What features would you like to see included?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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