Crystal Palace
  • On Sep 27, 2023
    Pedro from MT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! What happens if I find a dinner reservation before the time I'm allowed to enter the park? Can I come in earlier to attend? Or will I simply lose my reservation?. Thank you!

    Just the sound of “Disney Dining” takes me to some of my favorite Walt Disney World Resort dining locations…Be Our Guest Restaurant, Via Napoli e Pizzeria, Gasparilla Island Grill, Yak and Yeti Restaurant…the list goes on and on! But, Pedro, let’s get to answering your question before I get too hungry! 

    To have a dining reservation inside one of the Disney Parks, you must have theme park admission to that particular park during the time of your dining reservation. For example, if you make a dining reservation for The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom Park for 12:00 PM, but you are Park Hopping to Magic Kingdom Park (which is allowed after 2:00 PM), you would not be able to enter the park for your dining reservation.

    Pedro, I recommend making dining reservations for restaurants inside the parks only during the times when you know you will be admitted into the parks. If you make a dining reservation, and are unable to attend your reservation during that time (without canceling your reservation), you will most likely be charged a fee for missing your dining reservation. Most restaurants have a timeframe during which you must cancel a reservation. The cancellation timeframe for most restaurants is two hours, but that is subject to change. Some restaurants require more notice than two hours.

    Remember, Pedro, you can begin making your Disney Dining reservations 60 days prior to your vacation arrival date! So, start picking your preferred restaurants and get up early on your “60 day mark” to make your reservations!

    Happy Planning!


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Meet the Panelist: Jonathan, Pennsylvania

Hi, everyone!  My name is Jonathan.  I am a Disney-adoring husband, dad of three sons, and elementary school principal from Pennsylvania.  If you're visiting planDisney with questions about the Most Magical Place on Earth, then Hakuna Matata because you've come to the right group of people!  I'm happy to use my past Disney-travel experiences and knowledge to help you enjoy every moment of your vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! Learn More About Jonathan

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