• On Jun 6, 2022
    Sha'torrica from LA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hey Disney. I wasn’t paying attention while booking reservations. If I have a dinner reservation at Epcot but don’t have a ticket at Epcot that same day, Can I still get in and eat at my dinner?

    Hello Sha'Torrica,

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. The countdown is on! In just a few days you'll be joining The World's Most Magical Celebration.

    There are so many amazing dining experiences at Walt Disney World, inside all 4 theme parks, in the Disney Resort Hotels, and at Disney Springs. The biggest challenge can be deciding where to dine and then securing those reservations, especially to some of the most popular restaurants. 

    In the middle of all that planning it's easy to lose track of which parks you are visiting on each specific day. I have made the same error as you on occasion. Unfortunately, you will need to have a valid admission and a park reservation for EPCOT in order to dine there. Look at the park reservation calendar and if all parks are still available for the days you plan to visit, you may consider cancelling your existing reservations and reworking your plans to include EPCOT on the day of your dining reservation. Otherwise, you may find you need to cancel your dining reservation and make other dinner arrangements. I know that can be difficult at the last minute, but the great news is that there are some wonderful quick service locations at all 4 theme parks, and you may even be able to score a same day reservation at a restaurant in the park you will be visiting that day. 

    Another solution would be to add the Park Hopper Option to your tickets, so you'll be able to enjoy dinner at any park, even if you start the day somewhere else.

    I know this isn't the answer you were hoping for, but I'm so glad you realized your mistake in advance. I'm sending some virtual pixie dust your way for a magical vacation!


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After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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