Character Dining at Riveria
  • On Aug 9, 2020
    Erin from IL Asked

    2 of my dining reservations are outside of the new park hours, but they weren't canceled when the hours were changed. Will in-park restaurants be staying open later? Traveling with vegans so the restaurants we chose were very specific to their needs.

    Welcome to planDisney, Erin. I am so happy you stopped by. 

    Erin, I completely understand your predicament. My oldest son has a dairy allergy and generally I choose where to dine based on where he can get some of his dairy-free favorites, like plant-based grilled cheese and ice cream. 

    Park hours are subject to change, and unfortunately, sometimes these changes take a little bit of time to be processed across various systems, such as advanced dining reservations. I do know that when hours have been modified in the past, dining reservations after park close were automatically canceled. For this reason, I would recommend that you go ahead and modify your existing reservations to a time when the parks are open. 

    If you prefer a later dinner when the parks close early, I would highly recommend that you snag an advanced dining reservation at a restaurant inside of a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. This is a fun way to get to experience a new resort and enjoy a stroll along the grounds before heading into dinner. 

    If you are having a little trouble getting a reservation for a location you want, or for a specific time, I would encourage you to keep checking. I often score my advanced dining reservations the week of my vacation, or sometimes even the night before!

    Erin, while I am sure you have taken the time to vet some fabulous vegan options for your sit down meals, did you know that you can also easily order a vegan meal at a quick-service location with Mobile Order?  Once you select a restaurant, simply scroll down the page and look for allergy menus. Anything with a green leaf icon will be a plant-based meal, and you may be able to modify sides to create even more vegan options. While you and your friends are vacationing, you must try my favorite vegan offering, a Dole Whip from Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom. 

    I hope that this helped, Erin. Please come back here to planDisney if we can help as you plan your fabulous vegan vacation. 

    See you real soon!

    Sarah B. 
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Georgia

Hi There! I’m Sarah from Atlanta, GA. Together, my Disney-loving husband and I have two amazing kids and love nothing more than running away to the Walt Disney World Resort every chance that we get. When we are not wandering around the resorts, we love to indulge our sweet tooth with all the snacks we can find. I am passionate about making sure the magic reaches kids of all ages, from the smallest to the biggest, because we are all kids at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Sarah

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