EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Sep 2, 2015
    Jennifer from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are you able to eat at the restaurants (Rainforest Café, etc.) w/o admission into the parks, or do you need to be at the park to do so (I'm not sure if they are in the middle of the park, requiring admission, or on the outskirts open to the public)?


    Not all table service restaurants are located in the theme parks, therefore requiring you to have a theme park ticket for admission.  For example, Rain Forest Cafe sits at the entrance of Animal Kingdom but is not inside the park, so you do not need a theme park ticket to eat there or its other location at Downtown Disney.  Tusker House, on the other hand, is located inside Animal Kingdom and requires valid park admission. All table service restaurants that require a theme park ticket will have this clearly noted on their landing page on the Disney World website with the caution, "Valid Park Admission Required" underneath the restaurant's name. 

    You may find it helpful (although slightly laborious) to do a search under the THINGS TO DO TAB/Dining/Make Reservations and use the filter beside the Mickey Head icon "All Parks & Resorts" and check all of the resorts and "other destinations"--making sure not to check the theme parks--so that your dining location results will only list restaurants outside the parks.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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