• On Oct 16, 2017
    Mary from SC 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 has reservations off property for the week between Christmas and New Years but have not yet purchased our theme park tickets. Do I need to purchase theme park tickets in order to make Dining reservations?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel Mary ~

    I absolutely love to visit the Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays! There are so many amazing things planned to celebrate the holidays this year! The decorations are spectacular especially Cinderella Castle draped in hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. I could stare at it for hours.

    You do not need to purchase tickets ahead of time in order to make advanced dining reservations. However, keep in mind that if you make reservations to dine inside any of the four theme parks, theme park admission is required and not included in the cost of your meal. Even if you are only going to a theme park solely to dine, you will need a valid theme park ticket in order to enter.

    Advanced dining reservations can be made up to 180-days prior to your trip. You are well within that timeframe now. I would highly recommend that you book immediately. Advanced dining reservations can be made online through the link shown above, on the My Disney Experience mobile app, or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

    Please feel free to visit us again with all of your planning questions. We are hEAR for you!

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
thumbnail image for Allison

Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.