Toy Story Land Woody Entrance; Hollywood Studios
  • On Mar 30, 2024
    Alan from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm attending Disney after hours but can I reserve dining at a restaurant in the park before it starts at that park? Example our tickets are 7pm but wanted to book round up BBQ at 5:30

    Hey, howdy, hey, Alan! Welcome to planDisney. Your Walt Disney World Resort visit will be here before you can shake a snake out of your boot, so let's look at how Disney After Hours can add some pixie dust to your visit.

    Disney After Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios is a yee-haw of a good time. You'll have lower wait times for many attractions, including my favorite, Slinky Dog Dash. As Slinky says, "Hang on!"

    This event requires a separate ticket and officially begins at 9:30 PM and runs until 12:30 AM. Guests can enter the park with this ticket as early as 7:00 PM, but you'll need a regular theme park ticket to enter before 7:00 PM. I know that's not the news you hoped for, but I have some suggestions.

    You could purchase a regular theme park ticket to Disney's Hollywood Studios and enter the park as early as you like. My tip is to enjoy shows such as Frozen Ever After and Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular during the day. You can catch Fantasmic! at 9:00 PM and then hit the attractions like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance during the after-hours event. A 5:30 dinner at Roundup Rodeo BBQ would fit into this plan, too. 

    Another option is to purchase a theme park ticket with the Park Hopper Option. I suggest starting your day at EPCOT where you can join the virtual queue for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and stroll around the World Showcase. In the afternoon, jump on the Disney Skyliner for a thrilling trip above the treetops to Disney's Hollywood Studios. You can enter anytime you like, have a fun dinner, and ride to your heart's content during the after-hours event. 

    If you don't purchase an additional ticket, I recommend booking dinner somewhere near the theme park. Trattoria al Forno at Disney's BoardWalk would be a good choice because you could hop aboard a FriendShip boat to Disney's Hollywood Studios after your meal. And don't forget the complimentary snacks available during the event. You can feast on unlimited popcorn, ice cream, and soda. Woody's Lunchbox will also offer select items for purchase, and Oga's Cantina accepts reservations until around 9:00 PM.

    Alan, I hope you have a rip-roaring good time on your upcoming visit! I tip my hat to you, partner. Please stop by planDisney anytime.

    Magic awaits,
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Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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