Couples at Citricos AA & Asian
  • On Aug 10, 2023
    Annette from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can you dine in a park for dinner without a ticket for that day? For example, we arrive on a Friday, but don't have park tickets until Saturday. However, we would like to eat at Brown Derby Friday night.

    Hiya Annette,

    Welcome to planDisney! Some people visit Theme Parks to ride the latest attraction, but I’m all about the dining! My husband and I aim to eat at every table service location at Walt Disney World Resort, so we always try to squeeze as many as possible on our itinerary for each trip.

    If I had Fairy Godmother’s wand, Annette, I would definitely make it so I could head into the Theme Parks to enjoy a dining reservation without needing a ticket. Unfortunately, Guests wanting to enter the Theme Parks need a valid ticket and a Disney Park Pass reservation, even if it is to dine.

    I know that is disappointing, Annette, but I have a solution for you. We also enjoy kickstarting our vacation with a dining reservation, but to avoid purchasing an extra ticket, we like to make reservations at one of the locations at the Walt Disney World Resort Collection Hotels. Some of the best dining is outside of Theme Parks! If you like The Hollywood Brown Derby, you will love Grand Floridian Café or Citricos. My Prince Charming swears that the Buttermilk-fried Chicken at Grand Floridian Café is the best thing he has ever eaten, and the Heirloom Apple Salad is spectacular. If you want an extraordinary experience, get a reservation for Citricos! Like the Hollywood Brown Derby, they have a beautiful Sweet Corn Bisque! The star of the meal for me, though, is the desserts! The Blackberry Tartlette has made my top list of favorite bites, and I can’t wait until I get to have it again!

    I hope this was helpful, Annette and you have the most magical vacation. Please come back and see me if you need anything else!

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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