Family with Mickey balloons at Grand Floridian; Asian; mother; father siblings
  • On Jan 1, 2024
    Carol from MA 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 I make a dining reservation at Narcoosee’s (Grand Floridian) without buying a theme park ticket. I am finding the definition of “guest” a little confusing. Thanks very much. Carol

    Hello Carol,

    Welcome to planDisney. I'm so glad you stopped by with this question as Narcoossee's is one of my favorite dining experiences on Walt Disney World Resort property. Based on your arrival date your 60-day advanced dining reservation is now open so let's dig right in.

    I'm happy to share that you can certainly make a dining reservation at this gorgeous waterfront restaurant without a theme park ticket. In fact, you don't even need to be a guest at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to enjoy a meal there. Grand Floridian is my very favorite resort and I always try to stop in for a cocktail at Enchanted Rose or just a relaxing stroll through the lobby, even if I'm staying at another resort on that particular visit.

    The only thing you need to keep in mind regarding being a "guest" is whether you are staying on-site at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, or off property in other accommodations. If you are staying at one of the many beautiful themed Disney resorts you'll be able to make advance dining reservations for your length of stay, up to 10 days, 60 days in advance of your check-in date. So if you'll be visiting between March 2 and March 11th, you can go ahead and secure all those dining reservations now.

    If you are staying off-site you can still make reservations, but each day will be booked individually as you hit 60 days out. For example, if you are staying off-site and want to visit Narcoossee's on March 2 you can make that dining reservation now. However, if you'd like to dine there on March 3, you'll need to book tomorrow beginning at 6 a.m. EST, and so on for each date of your trip

    If you'll be utilizing your own vehicle when arriving for your dinner reservation (or arriving via a third-party ride-share service) be prepared to give the guard your reservation number at the security gate. They'll likely wave you right through to the complimentary parking area, but during busy seasons you may be given a timed pass to display on your dashboard while enjoying your meal.

    I took a quick look at the availability for March and don't see many openings, but don't let that discourage you! I was able to snag a last-minute reservation the day before our September visit when a canceled flight threw a wrench into my original plans. Keep checking as your visit approaches and don't be afraid to inquire about walk-up availability at the bar as well. The meal will be exceptional, no matter where you are seated. 

    Once you're settled with a menu in hand, don't miss the mouthwatering Lobster Bisque or the unique Ocean-inspired Charcuterie Board. I'm still dreaming of the incredible Blackened Redfish
    I enjoyed in September, but the ultimate grand finale was the Key Lime Pie Martini we sipped as the Electrical Water Pageant floated by. It was an enchanting meal, to say the least!

    Carol, please come back and see us with more planning questions as you prepare for your trip. We're always glad to help.

    Magic and memories,
    Amy
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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