Happy #tastytuesday friends!! Today’s post is going to be a little different than normal. As Walt Disney World is going through its phased reopening, they have put new policies and procedures into place, including a new mobile check-in system for table service restaurants. You can use the check-in system pretty flawlessly through your My Disney Experience (MDE) app if you have a Smartphone. Disclaimer: I forgot to take a picture of the first step with my original reservation, so I apologize in advance that the restaurant names are not the same, but I promise that the system is the same!
Before you get to the mobile check-in, make sure that you have made your table service reservations in advance. Guests can now book dining reservations up to 60 days in advance through MDE online and thorough the app, and I would still suggest noting your food allergies/dietary restrictions on your reservation. You can see how to do this by reading https://allergyfriendlydisney.com/2019/09/18/adding-food-allergies-to-advanced-dining-reservations-at-wdw/.
Ok, so now you have all of your reservations and you have arrived to your restaurant no more than 15 minutes early (which is the earliest you can check in). Open your MDE app and click on your dining reservation under the “My Plans” section on the home screen.
Once you have clicked on the reservation, click on “Start Check-In.”
Now, add in the number of adults, children, and infants who will be dining on your reservation (should be the same people who were on your reservation initially).
You can request an accessible space if needed, which I thought was an excellent add-on!
Next, you will confirm your food allergies/dietary restrictions. Since I had already put my on my reservation, I just needed to confirm that everything was correct.
You can also now note celebrations, which I thought was awesome!
Lastly, you will double check that everything that you are submitting is correct. MDE should be able to add your phone number from your MDE account if your had already added it to your profile; if you have not, you can type in your phone number on this screen.
Now you’ve checked in, yay! You should now get a text message that confirms you have checked in. And if you click “Done,” you will go back to the MDE homescreen.
Once your table is ready, you will receive a text message that it’s ok to walk up to the host/hostess stand at the front of the restaurant. You can see that we waited only about 1 minute for our table to be ready!
Although most people should be able to do the mobile check-in process very easily on their Smartphones, those without Smartphones can go up to the host/hostess stand and a cast member will help them.
I hope you found this guide helpful for your next visit to Walt Disney World! And, as a reminder, Quick Service locations are also strongly encouraging using mobile order at this time. You can read more about how to use mobile order at Walt Disney World at https://allergyfriendlydisney.com/2019/03/18/mobile-ordering-at-wdw/.
Here’s to living our best and most delicious Disney lives! <3
Meagan has been living with many food allergies and sensitivities since she was 19 years old. She is currently a Personal Vacation Advisor for Magical Vacation Planner, specializing in helping her guests book trips to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. Meagan enjoys researching fitness and nutrition and has taken a special interest in finding allergy friendly options at Walt Disney World.
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