large family coming out of Cinderella Castle; multigenerational; boys
  • On Nov 13, 2023
    Audrey from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have dinner reservations at the castle. We need 2 cars for 7 of us. Can we have 2 cars free at the resort for dining? How early can we park there? Would we need to move the cars back & forth from resort to theme park? Thank you

    Hiya Audrey,

    Welcome to planDisney! I looked at your question, and I’m not 100% sure what you are asking, so I will do my very best to get you the answer you are looking for. Could you do me a favor, though, Audrey? If I don’t answer your question, please come back and see me. My goal is to help you have the most magical vacation possible!

    So, let’s get to the facts, Audrey. When you visit Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks for dining (such as Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park) or for any other reason, you will need to pay for parking to park at the Theme Parks. The exception is if you are a Guest of one of the Walt Disney World Resort Collection Hotels (and select other resorts) or a Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholder. If you are a Guest of a Resort Hotel, when you arrive to park at a Theme Park, they will scan your MagicBand (or your ticket card) to verify that you are a resort guest and your parking is included. If every one of your six additional Guests are also Guests of a resort hotel, then they will receive the same benefit as long as they are listed on the resort reservation. They will be prompted to pay the parking fee if they are not. If you are dining at one of the Walt Disney World Resort Collection Hotels, you do not have to pay for parking at the resort hotel, as self-parking is complimentary with your dining reservation. Just make sure to have each person listed on the dining reservation, and when you get to the gate of the resort hotel, provide your dining confirmation information for the Cast Member at the entrance. Audrey, one thing to note is that you will only be permitted to park at the resort hotel for three hours before moving your vehicle. Don’t worry, though, because, in my experience, three hours is plenty of time to eat and explore the resort hotel before time lapses.

    I hope this was helpful, Audrey and I answered your question. One final thing to bring to your attention: if you are dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table, don’t forget you must have a valid Theme Park ticket and Disney Park Pass Reservation to enter Magic Kingdom Park to enjoy your meal. If you plan to park hop, you can do so beginning at 2 pm each day.

    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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