• On Apr 7, 2020
    Kelsey 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 counter service restaurants open at the same time as the parks? For example, is the cheshire cafe open from park open to close or does it open at like 11am?

    Hi Kelsey, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    As a Walt Disney World snack connoisseur, this is a very important question!  We need to know when and where we can find our favorite snacks and treats so we don't miss out.

    Some, but not all, Quick-Service dining locations serve Guests from park open to park close.  Others open around 10:30 or 11:00 am for mealtimes, and may close around 8:00 pm or so.  It really just depends on the specific dining location.  Cheshire Cafe usually is open first thing in the morning, even during morning Extra Magic Hours.  Good thing, because I think a Joffrey's Coffee Cold Brew and a Cheshire Cat Tail are the makings of a great on-the-go vacation breakfast.  Some Quick-Service locations and snack stands that are open mostly all day do sometimes close an hour or more prior to park closing, so you are smart to check on the hours ahead of your trip.  A few dining locations may have operating hours posted in the printed Times Guides that are available wherever you see park maps during your vacation.  The easiest way to verify operating hours for all dining locations is in the My Disney Experience mobile app.  Use the search button on the bottom to type in a specific dining location, or click on the map on the landing page.  The default map view is "Wait Times" at Magic Kingdom Park, but you can use the filter and drop-down menu at the top to change locations and search "Dining".  You can then click on any location on the map to bring up hours, or change to list view at the top.  I recommend using this feature to check out operating hours in the days leading up to your trip to get an idea of when your favorite locations are generally open.  Please keep in mind, operating hours are subject to change.

    I hope that helps!  Please stop by the Moms Panel again anytime.  We'd love to tell you all about our favorite Disney Parks snacks!

    Anne Marie
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