• On Feb 20, 2019
    Sarah from IA 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.

    Hello! We’re arriving on a Sunday but do not plan on officially riding rides or using the park pass until Monday. If we make a dinner reservation for Sunday night at one of the park restaurants, do we have to use a day of admission?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Sarah!

    Every time you enter a Theme Park, even at night, your tickets will be activated. If you want to save your tickets to use them from Monday on (as it is indeed a smart move), you may otherwise have dinner at one of the amazing Disney Hotels. My husband and I did it when we arrived for our honeymoon and we had a great time!

    Some of the best food at the Walt Disney World Resort can be found at its hotels, and I'm sure you will find the perfect place to start your vacation. 'Ohana, at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, offers a great atmosphere for a family-style dinner with a priceless view of Magic Kingdom Park's fireworks if you can time your reservation to them. If not, you can always watch them from the beach. It is truly a sight to remember!

    Located at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jiko - The Cooking Place is my favorite restaurant and has the largest African wine cellar outside of Africa. The Charcuterie and Cheese Board is always full of delicious surprises and the Mrouzia-style Moroccan Lamb Tagine just melts in your mouth. I'm dreaming about it right now!

    If you'd rather start your vacation with a perfect steak, the Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney's Yacht Club Resort is your destination. If you prefer to enjoy the company of a few magical characters, then the Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White is your place - the food is as enchanted as the location, Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

    I am sure that you will find the perfect restaurant to start your trip on a high note, and I'd advise you to make a reservation as soon as you decide, as some of those locations are highly popular.

    If your have any more questions about your trip, please, stop by, Sarah. We are here to help make your dreams come true!

    May the magic be with you, 

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Meet the Panelist: Julie, California

Hi! I am Julie, a Brazilian brand strategist, and amateur cook. I grew up in Brazil, but I currently live in California. I dreamed of visiting the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort since I was a little girl and now I love to help others enjoy the magic as much as I do. Being an all-things-Disney nerd and Disney Vacation Club member, I'm here to help you find the perfect hotels, park events, and seasonal festivals to make your trip a memory to cherish forever! Learn More About Julie

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