Disneyland to start offering restaurant reservations online
Published: September 24, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Wanna get your Fire Cracker Duck Wings fix? You can go online to make reservations at Disney California Adventure's Carthay Circle restaurant, starting October 3.
Starting October 3, you'll be able to making advance dining reservations via Disneyland.com, just as you've been able to do for years for Walt Disney World and its website. (The silly email reservation "service" now will go away.) The process and user interface online will be identical to the one now available on disneyworld.com.
Including the required credit card. Disneyland also will be cracking down on people who book reservations then don't show by requiring credit card numbers to make certain reservations, and charging up to $10 per person for reservations that are missed without cancellation at least a day in advance.
Getting a table at the Disneyland Resort hasn't been nearly as difficult as securing reservations at Walt Disney World. Disneyland has no Disney Dining Plan like WDW's, meaning that Disneyland diners aren't competing with thousands of other diners looking to fill meals on their pre-paid plans. Locals also make up a much larger share of visitors to Disneyland, and they don't plan meals nearly as far in advance as out-of-town tourists. So perhaps there simply hasn't been the demand or the need for online reservations at Disneyland as at Walt Disney World.
But with just about every other notable table service restaurant in the country offering online reservations, either through their own websites or services such as OpenTable.com, Disneyland has stood out with its antiquated, 20th-century approach to reservations.