Are "walk ins" possible at Il Mulino at the Swan? Other walk in suggestions?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by VAfamily1998, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. VAfamily1998

    VAfamily1998 DIS Veteran

    Jan 8, 2008
    Our plane lands around 5pm and we are taking DME to the Boardwalk Inn. I don't want to make a reservation anywhere that first night since you never know what kind of unexpected delays could happen.

    I see that Il Mulino (and the other Swan/Dolphin restaurants) appears to be open until 11 pm. What do you think the chances of a walk in would be around 8-9 pm?
    This would be on November 30, a Friday night, if that makes a difference.

    If you think it's pretty unlikely, any other suggestions for something in the Boardwalk area that would have a better chance of Walk in?
  2. jdisnut

    jdisnut DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2009
    Make a reservation on OpenTable rather than on Disney's website. You can cancel at any time without penalty. This advice applies to many of the Disney Springs restaurants as well, including Morimoto Asia, Raglan Road, The Boathouse and Frontera Cocina. Since we generally prefer the third-party locations to the Disney-owned ones, we make many of our reservations on OpenTable, stress-free.
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  4. Best Aunt

    Best Aunt "That's the best-est present ever!"

    May 1, 2009
    Not sure how many Disney restaurants are on Open Table. Big River on the Boardwalk used to be, not sure if it still is.
  5. punkin712

    punkin712 DIS Veteran

    Mar 27, 2006
    If you aren't opposed to it, the lounge/bar area is usually open and you can still order from the full menu. My husband and I actually prefer to eat dinner there because it's a little less stuffy and we can be a bit more leisurely. There is also live music sometimes on the weekend (can't remember if it's Friday or Saturday) so it makes for a nice atmosphere. Enjoy!
  6. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Apr 29, 2004
    I'd go with the walk in plan. Keep in mind that you can also eat at the bar there. They have a bar menu and also allow you to order anything off the main restaurant menu.
  7. DisneyWishes14

    DisneyWishes14 DIS Veteran

    Nov 21, 2011
    Definitely this! Check opentable before walking over. You can even call them directly to see if they have availability. Flying Fish on the Boardwalk is also on opentable if that is of any interest to you. You could also check the MDE app to see if Trattoria al Forno on the Boardwalk has same-day openings. Il Mulino can get crowded if there is a convention crowd, so definitely worth checking to see if there is availability before you walk over.
  8. Evan_N

    Evan_N Earning My Ears

    Aug 28, 2018
    Kimonos in the Swan can be a good option if you like sushi. I've been there a couple times without reservations and been able to get a table quickly. I'm not 100& sure, but they may not take reservations at all.
  9. gharter

    gharter DIS Veteran

    May 3, 2004
    We have eaten at il Mulino and loved it! Even at 6pm, they were not full.
    I would still try and get an ADR there, but would not worry about trying a walk-in.
    Great food! We will be going back again!
  10. DisBuckMan

    DisBuckMan DIS Veteran

    Apr 14, 2015
    A good many of WDW resort restaurants are on Open Table. Places like Sanaa, Kona Cafe, Grand Floridian Cafe, The Wave, Flying Fish, etc are all on there.
  11. madalex

    madalex DIS Veteran

    Feb 24, 2004
    I don't think you will have any trouble doing a "walk in" at Il Mulino at that time. It may even be easier than during the week, since there is less likely to be a convention crowd there on a Friday night. But, as others have said, if that doesn't work, you can always eat at the bar.
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  12. Figaro972

    Figaro972 Mouseketeer

    Sep 21, 2007
    I think out of the 5 or 6 times we have eaten there we only made a reservation once. Its been a while but i know you used to be able to eat outside too in the court yard area. if the weather is cooperative when you go, it really is nice eating out there.
  13. 10CJ

    10CJ DIS Veteran

    May 10, 2015
    I was able to book an Il Mulino dinner ADR on short notice the week after Easter. It was either the day before or the day of. Once you get to Boardwalk I would definitely check the app and see what is available.

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