• On Jan 2, 2020
    Andrew from DE Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family is arriving one day in advance of when we plan to use our park admission ticket. Do I need to use my park ticket for dining experiences with reservations in any of the parks?

    Hello, Andrew! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I also love to arrive a day earlier when I visit with my family. We love to settle down and rest before hitting the Theme Parks! Dining is a big part of how we like to settle down at the Walt Disney World Resort, so I totally understand why you want to plan for the perfect arrival! 

    You will be more than welcome to visit any Disney Resort Hotel for your dining reservation, regardless of where you're staying. You will not need Theme Park tickets to dine at fantastic places like the Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or Jiko - The Cooking Place at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, for example. 

    Some of my favorite restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort are located at hotels, and you don't have to pay for parking when you visit them for a meal. 'Ohana, at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, offers a great dining atmosphere for a family-style dinner. 

    If you would like to start your vacation with a steak, the Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney's Yacht Club Resort is the perfect destination. If you would rather enjoy the company of a few magical characters, the Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White is your place - the food is as enchanted as the location, the gorgeous Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

    Dining experiences inside the Theme Parks, on the other hand, must be combined with Theme Park tickets. You will be required to enter the Theme Parks to visit restaurants like Monsieur Paul at Epcot or Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park, for example. 

    Regardless of where you choose to dine, I'm sure that you'll find the perfect place to start your vacation on the highest of notes, Andrew! If you want to see more recommendations before making your reservation, please, don't hesitate to come back to us. We love to help families plan! 

    May the magic be with you, 

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Meet the Panelist: Julie, California

Hi! I am Julie, a Brazilian brand strategist, and amateur cook. I grew up in Brazil, but I currently live in California. I dreamed of visiting the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort since I was a little girl and now I love to help others enjoy the magic as much as I do. Being an all-things-Disney nerd and Disney Vacation Club member, I'm here to help you find the perfect hotels, park events, and seasonal festivals to make your trip a memory to cherish forever! Learn More About Julie

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