• On May 20, 2016
    Sandra from PA 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.

    Arriving on a Sat and staying for 5 nights and have 4 day Park Hopper & Water Park tickets. Can we have dinner in a restaurant in one of the parks the night we arrive without having to use one of our "days" at the parks?

    Hi, Sandra!

    To dine inside a theme park, a valid park admission is required. But Hakuna Matata! No Worries! There are so many fabulous dining locations outside the theme parks so you can still have a great dinner to kick off your vacation.

    Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort is always a family favorite. Mickey and his pals will be there to take pictures and sign autographs as you enjoy a delicious buffet. After dinner, head to the 4th floor observation deck for a great view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Reservations are a must for Chef Mickey's.

    For a wonderful quick service meal, head to Disney Springs where you can dine at many excellent walk-in locations such as Wolfgang Puck Express or Earl of Sandwich. You can then spend the evening strolling Disney Springs for shopping, dessert, and entertainment. (No admission cost for Disney Springs.)

    Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club (Boardwalk area) is perfect for burgers, ice cream, and if you are brave enough, the enormous Kitchen Sink for dessert! (Reservations highly suggested.)

    Wherever you decide to eat your first night, I hope it is magical! Get to bed at early as you have many full days of fun ahead of you. Enjoy!


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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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