Disneyland Dining Hack to Booking Nearly Any Reservation

Alessa Dufresne

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Disneyland Dining Hack to Booking Nearly Any Reservation

This article is sponsored by World of DVC.

Planning a vacation to Disneyland can require a lot of organization and time, but it doesn’t have to. There are different vacation planning hacks that can do your planning to the happiest place on earth a lot more relaxing, with a lot less stress.


Trying to find a reservation at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney, or even Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Resort can be tricky, especially if you are trying to get a dining reservation for a popular restaurant or if you have waited until the last minute. Unlike Walt Disney World, Disneyland is smaller in scale, so there are fewer options for you. Luckily, there are tons of quick service options in and out of the park that are all delicious, and festivals like the current Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival that is currently ongoing can provide excellent meals without a reservation.

You may not want to visit food booths or to-go counters for your entire vacation. If you are looking to eat at some of the most popular locations such as Blue Bayou, Goofy’s Kitchen, Storyteller’s Café, Carthay Circle, Lamplight Lounge, and more, refreshing your Disneyland app for a dining reservation may not be so easy, and it will likely be very time-consuming.

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Now, Unlocked Magic, a new system for Disney guests, has activated their Disneyland dining option which can cut out all the hassles! Unlocked Magic is a website and app that you can use to make dining reservations, even if they are not popping up on the Disneyland app. Sounds like magic, right?

Here is how it works!

All you have to do is sign up for Unlocked Magic, and once you do, you will click on the Dining Reservation Finder. Here, you will be able to pick what dining location you are looking to enjoy, what date, your group size, and the preferred time. Once you submit that dining request, you will be able to sit back and relax and wait to be notified that a reservation has become available! Unlocked Magic will continuously search the Disneyland app to see when a reservation becomes available as per your requested time.

Once you are notified, you just have to click the reservation option, and it will allow you to book it! It takes seconds to do this step and will have you ready and excited to dine at Disneyland. The best part about this? You are able to try out Unlocked Magic for free! Just use code: WDWNT when creating your account for a free month, and see if you are able to score a last-minute dining reservation without any stress.

Another great quality that Unlocked Magic has to offer is the option to make dining reservations outside the 60-day window. This means you can pre-select all the dining reservations you want to enjoy on your Disneyland visit, and the second that the 60-day window opens, the app will search for you. This is a huge asset if you are trying to make multiple dining reservations while hundreds of others are trying at the same time. This will allow you to have something else search for all of them all at once, and all you have to do is approve them once you have them sent to you!

With the Disney100 in full swing, and offerings such as Wondrous Journeys, Magic Happens, and World of Color – ONE debuting and returning, many Disney fans are vacationing at Disneyland right now, so any assistance with planning your trip will help ensure that it goes flawlessly. We are sure that Mickey Mouse would have it no other way!

Unlocked Magic also works at Walt Disney World Resort, so if you are planning a visit to either theme park, you will be covered. If you want to try it for free today with code: WDWNT, click here!