• On Jan 3, 2015
    Michelle 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.

    What if I want to dine at one park, but play at a different park during the day? Do I need a park hopper?

    Hello Michelle! Thank you so much for visiting us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The simple answer to your question is yes. Most of the restaurants located inside the parks require you to have valid park admission, so you would need a Park Hopper if you are planning to enter more than one park in a day. 

    The one exception that I can think of off the top of my head is Rainforest Cafe at Disney's Animal Kingdom. If you wanted to eat there you would not need a Park Hopper because it does not require park admission. If your goal is to avoid having to add on a Park Hopper, my suggestion would be to plan around where you want to enjoy meals. I sometimes do this when there are multiple dining locations in one area that I want to try out. 

    If you have any more questions I'd be happy to help.

    Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Indiana

I am a recent graduate from Ball State University and mother to my 5-year-old son. We love all things Disney and when we aren’t watching Disney films or planning our next vacation, we love to go to touring Disney shows. I also love to cook, listen to music, read books, and paint. With my experience planning vacations and navigating the parks from a single parent’s perspective, I hope to be able to add a little “pixie dust” to your vacation! Learn More About Sarah

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