• On Feb 26, 2019
    Brandie from IN 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.

    We will be arriving on monday afternoon but not actually exploring the parks till the next day. We are stsying at the AK. Are we able to go to restaurants other than those at AK on that first night since we havent actually used our park ticket yet?

    Hey Brandie!

    I am so excited to see that you are going to be staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, this is my daughter's favorite resort. It's such a great idea to spend the first day at Walt Disney World exploring and getting all settled in. There are many great dining option to enjoy at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. You can enjoy the popular signature dining spot, Jiko - The Cooking Place which would really kick off your vacation with a bang. Another popular option is Sanaa, which is famous for their Indian-style bread service.  For something a little bit more low key, you could always check out Boma Flavors of Africa which is a beautiful buffet boasting dishes inspired from over 50 African countries. You can't go wrong with any of these options. However, if none of this appeals to you, there are so many other options! Restaurants at any of the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels are open for you to choose from. Also, any restaurant at Disney Springs would be a great option because it does not require theme park admission. Some of my very favorite restaurants that don't require a theme park ticket are:
    • 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort for an all-you-care-to-enjoy Polynesian inspired dinner
    • Cape May Cafe at Disney's Beach Club Resort for a buffet style clam bake with all-you-care-to-enjoy crab legs
    • STK Orlando at Disney Springs for a classic Signature style meal
    • Blaze Pizza at Disney Springs for more of a fast casual dinner
    I hope this helps give you some suggestions. Enjoy your dinner!
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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