Family dining
  • On Jan 13, 2020
    Nga from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Good morning. Our trip is at the end of May, The arrival time to MCO is 6.30 for 6 of us. I purchased 5 days park hopper with 6 nights stay and dinning plan. Will we be able to get inside any park for dinner without activate our 5 day tickets till next day

    Nga,

    So unfortunately the answer to your question is no, you cannot enter a park on a given day without being charged for one of your park day passes, no matter how late at night. So even if you arrived 10 minutes before the park closed, they would have to use one of your park day passes.

    But there are so many AMAZING restaurants in the Disney Resort Hotels that combine fantastic dining and exceptional entertainment, if that is what you are looking for on your arrival night. They are as much a part of the Disney Dining Plan as any in-park restaurants. 

    Some of my favorites would include these. See if any match your party's interests;
    • 'Ohana (at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort) - Our family loves this for an arrival night dinner for several reasons. The food is great, with great flavors that are enjoyed by both the adults and kids in our family. If we get there late, the views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks are a special plus. Finally, the resort's island theming really gives us that feeling of finally being on vacation.
    • Chef Mickey's (at Disney's Contemporary Resort) - Would you family prefer to get in on the character experience right away? Mickey Mouse and friends would be glad to meet you for dinner, and as an added incentive you also could take your first monorail ride of the vacation!
    • Whispering Canyon Cafe (at Disney's Wilderness Lodge) - Over the top energy and hearty fare will really kick off your trip. Not the place for a subtle dinner with quiet conversation, this restaurant will kick the fun into overdrive. 
    There are also a lot of great dining choices at Disney Springs, if a bit of shopping is more up your alley.

    I hope this helps you with first night planning!

    Have a Magical Vacation!
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I am one of the Dads on the Moms Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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