• On Feb 27, 2021
    Sonya from NJ 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 eat at epcot restaurants without a pass to epcot for that day and/or after park hours?

    Hello, Sonya and welcome to planDisney! 

    Sonya, I see that your Magical vacation is fast approaching. How exciting! I'm glad you dropped by with this very important question. One reason my family keeps vacationing at the Most Magical Place on Earth year after yEAR is the plethora of dining options! 

    First, Sonya, the quick answer to your question is no. In order to dine at any restaurant at EPCOT, you will need a valid park ticket and a Disney Park Pass reservation for EPCOT on that day or a valid park hopper ticket that would allow you to "hop" over to EPCOT (beginning at 2 PM) after visiting one of the other theme parks earlier that same day.

    Now, Sonya, while this might not be the news you were hoping for, like the Genie helping Aladdin, I do have a trick up my sleeve. If you will be in the area of EPCOT but will not have a park ticket for the day you're hoping to dine, I recommend checking out a few of the restaurants at the surrounding Disney Resort Hotels. Beaches & Cream at Disney's Beach Club Resort, Ale & Compass at Disney's Yacht Club Resort and Trattoria al Forno at Disney's BoardWalk are all a short stroll from EPCOT and offer up some delicious dishes. Sonya, if you peruse these menus and find one that makes your taste buds come alive, make sure to make an advanced dining reservation to ensure there is availability for your party. 

    Sonya, I hope this helps as you're planning out your meals at the Most Magical Place on Earth. If you have any other questions or need additional restaurant recommendations, I hope you'll come back and see us here at planDisney. Wherever you choose to dine, I hope your meal is every bit as sweet or savory as you desire. 

    Bon appetit! 

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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