The Walt Disney World Resort is full of brilliant restaurants to dine in. Something suits every taste bud, budget, and dining experience. Guests can find everything from snack locations and quick-service restaurants to character dining, unique or signature dining experiences, and casual restaurants.
Now is a great time to consider the variety of restaurants that Guests can enjoy when visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. The current offer available to U.S. residents entitles Guests to a $750 dining credit when they book a Disney Resort hotel and theme park ticket package. Guests will benefit from the Disney Dining Promo Card when they book a five-night stay with a four-day Disney Park ticket between June 24 and September 13. The Disney Resort that Guests choose to stay in will determine the value of the dining credit they receive. A smaller credit is given to Guests of Value Resorts, while the most considerable credit is given to Guests of Deluxe Resorts.
Is your countdown well underway for your next vacation in the Walt Disney World Resort? Has this offer enticed you into booking your next Disney vacation? Or are you a frequent visitor looking for inspiration to make your 2023 visits to the Disney Parks and Resorts the best year yet? Whichever question you have answered yes to, let’s take a look at the twenty-three Walt Disney World restaurants that you should dine in during 2023.
We’ll begin with the original Disney Park in Walt Disney World. Did you know that there are twenty-three dining locations in Magic Kingdom Park, including eight full-service restaurants? The remaining dining locations in Magic Kingdom are quick-service restaurants or snack locations. We’ve narrowed the twenty-three restaurants down to three.
If you’re looking for good old American dishes in a charming and elegant eatery, you must stop by The Plaza Restaurant. Find it at Main Street, U.S.A., next to the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. appetizers, entrees, cakes, shakes, ice cream, and sundaes. Remember to save room for dessert – you won’t be disappointed!
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
Located in Adventureland, just around the corner from Sunshine Tree Terrace, the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen serves lunch and dinner. Guests can dine from the same menu throughout the day, with appetizers, entrees, and desserts inspired by Asia, South America, and Africa. Whether you’re a fan of Jungle Cruise or not, you will appreciate the theming of the restaurant, a light and airy dining space that is decorated with artifacts, details, and facts. Prepare for puns and jokes from your Skipper as food and drinks are served.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
This quick-service restaurant can be found in Frontierland, opposite the bridge that leads to Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Open from mid-morning until Park close, this Old West saloon serves up southwestern-inspired dishes. Nachos, fajitas, burgers, rice bowls, tacos, and churros are served in Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. The large seating area makes it ideal for taking a break from the sun and heat during the day and enjoying a little AC. If you’d prefer to secure a viewing spot for the Festival of Fantasy Parade, grab your order from Pecos Bill’s before finding a place on the walkway outside to enjoy your food before watching the parade.
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Next, we’ll look at what’s on offer in EPCOT. World Showcase offers so many dining opportunities in the Disney Park that it’s challenging to pick out those you should visit. From fifty-one dining locations, four have made our 2023 list.
This restaurant opened in 2022 and has been a hit amongst Guests. It’s so popular that it is one of the most sought-after locations to secure an advance dining reservation. Located next to Mission: SPACE, Space 220 makes Guests feel as though they are dining in the middle of space. The windows in the restaurant provide you with perfect daytime and nighttime views of Earth and EPCOT. Guests can enjoy a Prix-fare, 2-course meal for lunch or a Prix-fare, 3-course meal for dinner. If you want to splurge a little or celebrate something special, this is the restaurant to dine in at EPCOT.
Rose & Crown
Are you looking for good old British food with waterfront dining? Then the Rose & Crown Pub is the place to dine. The menu features classic dishes, including Scotch Egg, Fish & Chips, Bangers & Mash, and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Secure your advance dining reservation around 60 minutes before Park close, and you’ll be able to view Harmonious over World Showcase Lagoon from the waterfront patio.
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Les Halles Boulangerie -Patisserie
Hidden at the back of the France Pavilion is a traditional French bakery known as Les Halles. Open throughout the day from 11 a.m.; Guests can sample tempting delicacies and delectable treats. Freshly made sandwiches, baguettes, quiche, and soup are served here, as well as a wide selection of desserts that France is known for. A wide selection of coffee and wine is served here to accompany the cuisine. The indoor seating area offers shade from the sun, while the outdoor seating on the French ‘street’ provides the feeling of being right in the heart of Paris.
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Find the newest quick-service dining location in EPCOT in World Celebration. The dishes served in Connections Eatery are inspired by flavors from around the world, including Italian, Asian and French cuisines. The open kitchen allows Guests to view dishes being made by chefs before being served. Unlike other quick-service locations in Walt Disney World, dishes are served on plastic plates, and Guests can use metal cutlery. This offers Guests a more luxurious dining experience in Connections Eatery.
Take the Disney Skyliner or FriendShip Boats to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for more restaurants that have made our 2023 dining list. There are twenty-six dining locations in the Disney Park, but three have made our list for 2023.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
Enjoy a home-style Italian fare with a California twist in a cute restaurant at the end of Grand Avenue in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is a hidden gem that invites Guests into a cozy space that is finished with checked curtains, string lights, and walls decorated with eclectic mementos. The menu offers a variety of favorite Italian dishes, such as Minestrone Soup, Fried Fresh Mozzarella, Pasta, Oven-Baked Chicken alla Parmigiana, Tiramisu, and Cannoli.
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Hollywood & Vine
The character dining experience at Echo Lake in Hollywood & Vine is a lot of fun. A buffet breakfast is accompanied by Disney Junior stars and is served from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. If you’d prefer to see Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck, then Minnie’s Seasonal Dining is the experience for you. Guests can enjoy a buffet lunch or dinner that offers dishes suitable for your visiting season.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
Travelers ofStar Wars:Galaxy’s Edge will be looking for a place to stop when feeling hungry. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo offer the perfect combination of a themed eatery with a variety of dishes. Guests can order galactic-inspired grub to feast upon in a working hangar bay.
Let’s head on an expedition through Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Disney Park offers thirty-one restaurants and beverage locations, but we’ve narrowed it down to three that you should dine in.
Tiffins is the place to dine if you want to splurge a little. You’ll find it to the left of Discovery Island, just before the bridge to Pandora – The World of Avatar. Prepare for an expedition as you globetrot through different flavors that are artfully prepared. Tiffins is open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day, offering lunch and dinner to Guests. Take some time after your dining experience to admire the lavish artwork that is displayed throughout the restaurant.
If a bountiful buffet sounds more like your thing, and you’re hoping to dine in the company of Disney characters, then Tusker House is a must-visit. African-inspired dishes are served throughout the day, from breakfast through dinner. Time your dining experience right, and you’ll get to enjoy the breakfast and lunch menu. Whenever you choose to dine here, you’ll be in the company of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy in their safari gear. There’s a whole load of fun waiting for you in Tusker House. Remember to order Jungle Juice to accompany your dining experience.
Flame Tree Barbecue
The quick-service restaurant you should dine in during 2023 is Flame Tree Barbecue. You’ll find this eatery on Discovery Island. It’s known for its smokehouse meat, baked beans, coleslaw, and fresh salads. Flame Tree Barbecue also offers a beautiful outdoor seating area overlooking the Discover River in the shade of the trees. You don’t want to miss it!
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Accompany your shopping experience at Disney Springs with excellent restaurants. Whether you visit during the day or late into the evening, you won’t be disappointed with these choices.
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
Feast upon dishes and enjoy live music and dancing inspired by the Emerald Isle at Raglan Road. This beautiful pub offers a quiet and airy dining space during the day. By evening, this location is the life and soul of Disney Springs. The pub comes alive with fantastic entertainment to enjoy whether you are dining inside or sipping a drink at the bar or outside patio.
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The Polite Pig
The Polite Pig is the perfect fusion of quick-service and casual dining. Place your order as you enter before securing a table. It won’t be long before your food is served for you to tuck into. Find this modern barbecue outpost in Town Center and enjoy Florida-inspired cuisine and libations on tap.
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Summer House on the Lake
Opening later this year, Summer House on the Lake is going to occupy the site that was Bongo’s Cuban Cafe. The restaurant will bring California-inspired cuisine to Disney Springs with a menu created by Chef Ben Goodnick. Guests can enjoy lunch and dinner in a light and airy Summer House while sipping on Rose, handcrafted cocktails, and wines from an extensive list.
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Now for the Disney restaurants you want to take advantage of in the Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Visiting the Disney Resorts is a great way to use the different modes of Disney transport, and explore somewhere new.
Trattoria al Forno
Located on Disney’s BoardWalk, Trattoria Al Forno is a casual Italian eatery. Guests can enjoy breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. or dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cuisine served here celebrates every part of Italy, with regional specialties and favorite classics. There is also a fine selection of authentic wine to pair with your dinner. If you are partial to an Italian dessert, save room for a sweet treat.
This beautiful dining location can be found on the shores of Bay Lake at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. The spacious outdoor deck offers perfect views of the Electrical Water Pageant and Magic Kingdom fireworks above the trees. Stop by for rustic fare, or quench your thirst with a specialty cocktail or wide selection of beer.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s quick-service dining location is ideal if you can’t secure an advance dining reservation in the Resort’s other popular restaurants. Guests can enjoy Tonga Toast in Capt. Cook’s, made famous by Kona Cafe, at breakfast time. The quick-service location serves up the famous noodles and vegetables from ‘Ohana for lunch and dinner. Capt. Cook’s is also located just around the corner from Pineapple Lanai so you can finish your dining experience with a helping of Dole Whip.
The Artist’s Palette
Stop by Disney’s Saratoga Springs, and enjoy freshly-made sandwiches, oven-baked pizza, salad, and Gyro. Sit inside the colorful dining hall, or secure a table on the patio overlooking High Creek Springs. Follow your dining experience with a cruise down the Sassagoula River to Disney Springs, or hop on a bus to a Disney Park.
Make time to stop by Trail’s End at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground for a bountiful breakfast. Enjoy family-style dining that includes Mickey waffles, fresh pastries, berry-granola yogurt parfait, cheesy potato casserole, eggs, and smoked brisket. It’s the perfect spot to fill up before a day in the Disney Parks.
Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera
Are you looking for a delicious Disney character dining experience outside the Disney Parks? Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera at the top of Disney’s Riviera Resort is the place to be. Securing an advance dining reservation for breakfast may require patience, but it’s worth the effort. Enjoy freshly-baked pastries before choosing two entrees in the company of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy.
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Relax on island time at Disney’s Caribbean Beach. Sebastian’s Bistro at Old Port Royale serves a delightful family-style dining experience, offering dishes with Latin and Caribbean flavors. Let your server know which dishes are your favorite, so they can bring more for you to treat yourself to. Guests are served dinner between 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Which of these restaurants will you dine in during 2023? Do you plan to visit them all?
How many days out to book Disney dining? ›
How many days in advance do I need to make dining reservations for Disney World? You can book Disney dining reservations 60 days before! For restaurants and character experiences that in high demand, you'll want to make a reservation as soon as they open --- By app, 6 am EST.How do I reserve an exclusive Disney restaurant? ›
Dining reservations can be made by either calling Disney Dining at (407) WDW-DINE, online using the official Disney website, or booking via the My Disney Experience app.Can you eat at Disney restaurants without staying there? ›
The Disney World resorts are home to some fan-favorite restaurants, and not only offer impressive spreads of cuisine, but are also specially-themed — just like in the parks! A common question is whether or not you can visit a Disney World resort restaurant without staying there, and the answer is YES!How many restaurants are there at Disney World? ›
Believe it or not, there are over 200 restaurants in Walt Disney World — including over 90 full-service dining spots! With so many places to choose from, picking a restaurant in Disney World can be overwhelming.What time 60 days out can I make Disney dining reservations? ›
Exactly 60 days from the day you check in, be ready to book your preferred dining locations online at 6:00 am ET at DisneyWorld.com/dining/ or using the MyDisneyExperience app. Booking online gives you a one hour jump over calling for reservations.How many weeks before trip can you book Disney dinners? ›
Booking your Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs)
On-site Disney Resort Guests can make ADRs 60-days before their check-in date and can book them for up to 10 days past their check-in date. Off-site Guests must make their ADRs for each day at 60 days in advance of each visit date.
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Some restaurants or experiences require payment in advance. However, for most venues, we require your credit card to make a dining reservation so we can use it as a placeholder. In these cases, your credit card won't be charged before you dine unless you: Don't show up for your reservation, or.Can you bring food into Disney World? ›
Guests are allowed to bring outside food and nonalcoholic beverage items into the park for self-consumption, provided they are not in glass containers and do not require heating, reheating, processing, refrigeration or temperature control and do not have pungent odors.Can I bring my own lunch to Disney? ›
A: Guests are allowed to bring outside food and nonalcoholic beverages into the parks for self-consumption, provided they are not in glass containers, do not require heating, reheating, processing or refrigeration and do not have pungent odors. Inform a Security Cast Member of any food items when you enter the park.
Can you eat while waiting in line at Disney? ›
You will also hear an audio message before most shows to remind you to "refrain from eating, drinking and flash photography." Therefore, you may want to make a few table-service reservations, take advantage of quick-service locations near your next attraction and plan to consume snacks before entering a queue.Can you leave a Disney park to eat and come back? ›
Yes, you are able to leave Disneyland and California Adventure for any reason, and re-enter in the same day. Many guests will leave the park to get food, or even take a nap, before returning later in the day. What is this? Visitors will simply need their admission ticket, and go to the gate as they did the first time.How many meals a day at Disney World? ›
Disney Dining Plan includes: 1 Quick-Service Meal, 1 Table-Service Meal, 1 Selected Snack per person per night's stay and 1 Refillable Resort Mug per person. Refillable mugs are eligible for refills from self-service beverage islands at any Disney Resort hotel Quick-Service location.What time are the fireworks at Magic Kingdom? ›
Magic Kingdom Fireworks are at 9pm on most nights. If there is a special event like Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party the fireworks may be earlier, or may not be scheduled for regular guests visiting that day.What time are Disney fireworks? ›
Magic Kingdom's nightly fireworks usually begin at 9pm, but check the schedule to be sure. Please note that parking at Disney's resort hotels is officially for guests with hotel and dining reservations only.What time in the morning can you book Disney dining? ›
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|Restaurants in both Open Table and in Disney's Reservation System (including The BOATHOUSE, Frontera Cocina, Paddlefish & Homecoming)||Up to 60 days ahead of time, beginning at 6 a.m. eastern time|
How Much Does Genie+ Cost? Genie+ costs $15 or more per person, per day, plus tax. In October 2022 Disney embraced date-specific pricing for Genie+, so the price will be higher on busier dates. On the day you want to use it, you can purchase the Genie+ option using Disney's app.What time does 60 day window open Disney dining? ›
60 Days: Dining Reservations. Previously 180 days, reduced to 60 days due to COVID-19 reopening restrictions. Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be made for Walt Disney World restaurants beginning at 7am ET at 407-WDW-DINE, or at 6am ET online.How far in advance should you book a Disney dessert party? ›
The booking window for Disney dessert parties is 60 days before your party. This booking windows has typically fallen within the same time period as regular Disney dining reservations.What to do if a Disney park is sold out? ›
You can make a reservation for another park that isn't sold out, and then hop to your desired park after 2PM. There are a few things to remember if you plan on using the park hopping method, though.
What happens if you don't make your reservation at Disney? ›
At this time, there are no penalties associated with not using a Park Pass Reservation you have made at a Walt Disney World Resort Theme Park. Of course, as you mention, as soon as you know you won't be visiting, please cancel any Park Pass Reservations you will not use so they can be made available to other Guests.Do tickets sell out at Disney? ›
Standard tickets for Disneyland Resort don't really sell out, however, theme park ticket reservations do fill up for dates. Theme park ticket reservations are needed along with a valid ticket for entrance to either of the Disneyland Resort parks.How do you pay for food at Disney World? ›
Order Meals and Snacks from Anywhere!
You can even customize certain menu items to your taste. After you've reviewed your selections, you will be able to pay for your order using a credit card, debit card, Disney Gift Card, Disney Rewards Redemption Card, Apple Pay or Disney dining plan.
If you have already booked a vacation package with an arrival date that qualifies for Free Dining, we recommend using the “modify reservation” link in your booking to apply the promotion to your package.What time does Be Our Guest dinner start? ›
|Wine||Solid wine list that's mostly French to match the restaurant's theming—from sparkling starters to a sweet Sauternes. A handful of popular California vintages are on the list.|
|Lunch Hours||11:00 AM to 2:30 PM|
|Dinner Hours||4:00 PM to Park Close|
Suitcases, bags, coolers or backpacks, with or without wheels, larger than 24" long x 15" wide x 18" high (61 cm x 38 cm x 46 cm) are not allowed in any theme park or water park. Loose or dry ice is not permitted in these containers. Re-usable ice packs are recommended.Is there free water at Disney World? ›
Bottled water at the Walt Disney World Resort is not free, but tap water is. There are several water fountains found throughout each park, and free tap water is available at all quick service locations.Does Disney security check water bottles? ›
However, a Cast Member at the security checkpoint may ask to open your bottle to check its contents, since metal water bottles are opaque. Just keep in mind that alcoholic beverages and glass containers aren't allowed inside the Disneyland Resort, as stated in the Rules.Can you refill water bottles at Disney World? ›
We fill up the bottles with ice at our Disney Resort Hotel and refill them throughout the day in the parks. Water bottle filling stations are a relatively new addition to Walt Disney World theme parks and are located mostly in new or newly renovated areas.How do you pack a lunch for Disney? ›
Pack Your Lunch
Walt Disney World allows you to bring food into the park, so save money by bringing your own lunch. Stow it in a day pack or stroller. Double bag Ziploc bags filled with hotel ice to keep it cold. Locker rentals are available if you don't want to carry it around.
Can you bring your own utensils to Disney World? ›
Per Disney Property Rules, you are not allowed to bring knives with you into the park but should be allowed to bring a metal spoon and fork with you. Even though Disney has also transitioned away from plastic straws, I always do tend to bring my own as well to help reduce my waste even further while in the parks.What lets you skip the line at Disney? ›
Disney Genie+ is a paid service that allows you to skip the standby line and use the Lightning Lane entrance at select attractions. Guests can book their first Genie+ ride selections starting at 7 AM on the day of their visit. This applies to both those who stay at a Disney Resort Hotel or stay off-property.Can you still eat with the princesses at Disney World? ›
Although character dining is currently on hold, all the princesses will return on Feb. 28, 2023. The characters that you see will vary by mealtime but can include Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora, Snow White and Cinderella.What happens to leftover food at Disney? ›
At Walt Disney World in Florida, the bits that can't be used as feed go to an off-site composting facility, where they break down naturally and are converted into a nutrient-rich soil material that's used as fertilizer for plants or farm facilities, on-property or elsewhere.
With a Disney base ticket, you're welcome to leave and re-enter the same theme park as many times as you like during the same day. So, if you want to visit the Magic Kingdom in the morning, go back to your hotel room for a nap, and return to the Magic Kingdom in the evening, then you do not need a Park Hopper ticket.Can you leave a Disney park and come back 2023? ›
Can you leave a Disney parking lot and come back? You only need to pay one theme park parking fee per day at Walt Disney World, so it is possible to leave and come back. You can leave the lot and return or head to another theme park. Just show your valid receipt at the parking kiosk for admission.How much spending money do you need a day in Disney? ›
How much spending money will you need? Around $50 per day per person is a good start. A bit of extra cash is great for buying snacks, souvenirs, and alcohol. Disney prices are higher than regular stores, but they offer unique items and services you can't find anywhere else.How much money does Disney World bring in on an average day? ›
In 2019, the company's parks and resorts division brought in a whopping $20.2 billion revenue. This means that the division generated an average of $55.1 million in revenue per day. According to new reports Disney world net worth 2022 is 203.63 billion U.S. dollars.How much does one person spend at Disney a day? ›
So, how much does the average Disney trip cost? The average cost of a Disney vacation is around $225.00-$240.00 per person per day for guests staying at the value resorts or moderate resorts and $245.00 – $285.00 for guests staying at a Disney World on-site deluxe resort.What time is the parade at Magic Kingdom 2023? ›
Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade runs every afternoon at 3pm† and there's plenty of space for families with buggies and little ones!
Does Magic Kingdom have a parade every night? ›
The parade happens daily and you will want to know some of our Magic Kingdom parade tips so that you can make the most of your parade experience!Where is the best place to stand at Disney for fireworks? ›
Best view of both projections and fireworks: Hub area, near the reserved sections for the Dessert Party viewing. Best view of projections only: If you don't care about seeing the fireworks, aim to be between the Walt “Partners” statue and the castle, right in the center.What time is the light show at Magic Kingdom? ›
Also included are elements of lasers and glistening lights, all over the castle. The musical score also features updated versions of many Disney classics. The show is about 18 minutes long and usually kicks off at 9:00 PM, but check the park schedule for your day, as show times can change.What day of the week does Disney do fireworks? ›
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But yes, there is still a night show, as well as a variety of smaller more intimate entertainment options. There are several locations throughout the park where you can catch pop-up shows. And then, of course, we have the Tree of Life Awakenings show, often referred to as the Animal Kingdom night show.What time does Disney restaurant reservations start? ›
Reservation availability for select Walt Disney World restaurants typically begins each day at approximately 5:45 AM. Please be aware that if you cancel a restaurant reservation, your previously scheduled reservation time will immediately be made available to another Guest.Do Disney restaurants take reservations? ›
Anyone can make a reservation at a Disney World restaurant up to 60 days in advance through the Disney World website or the My Disney Experience app.Do people sell Disney restaurant reservations? ›
I didn't realize that there was a bunch of travel agents who are not only hoarding reservations but also – selling them! Yeah, Disney dining reservations are getting hard to get because people are taking them and they're selling them. Other frequent Guests readily believed this idea.What time are Magic Kingdom fireworks? ›
Magic Kingdom Fireworks are at 9pm on most nights. If there is a special event like Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party the fireworks may be earlier, or may not be scheduled for regular guests visiting that day.How much does Disney charge for no show to dinner reservations? ›
As noted earlier, Disney charges a per-person penalty if you fail to show up for a reservation the day of the meal. A $10 no-show fee is enforced at all Disney sit-down restaurants.
How many reservations does Disney allow? ›
You can only hold 3 park reservations at a time (unless you have a resort stay booked). It's recommended you book Disney's Hollywood Studios first, as this reservation goes the quickest. Weekends are normally booked about two months out (with Epcot usually being the park with most availability).