• On Apr 5, 2010
    Rachel from AB 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.

    Hi Moms and Dads, If i plan on only going to a park for an ADR in the evening will it still count as a whole day of usage with my theme park passes?

    Unfortunately the answer is "Yes."  You always need to use a park ticket to get into any of the four parks, even if it is only for an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR). 

    If you already have a multi-day ticket in the 4-9 day range, then it should only cost a few dollars to get an extra day added to the ticket, but in any other cases it probably won't make sense to pay for an extra day just to eat a meal. 

    If the cost of the extra park ticket is still a concern, then I highly recommend you look into changing your dining reservation to a location at one of the Disney resorts or Downtown Disney, where you won't need a park ticket.  There are many options (including character dining) that are just as good, if not better, than the in-park dining options.

    Hope that helps.  If you have any follow-up questions, please feel free to submit them using the "ask Bret a question" link on this page.

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