• On Jan 26, 2020
    Julie from MN 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.

    We are looking at Chef Mickey’s (Contemporary) or 1900 (Grand Floridian) for a character meal. Do we need to be guests of a Disney resort or have Magic Kingdom theme park ticket for that day to dine? (We are staying off property)


    Thanks for your great question! 

    The answers are NO, and NO! Good news, right?

    Because Chef Mickey's and 1900 Park Fare are both located in Resort Hotels and not inside of theme parks, you do not need to have a theme park ticket to dine at either Also, you do NOT have to be a Disney Resort hotel guest to dine at either of these restaurants. Anyone can go.

    I do strongly recommend that you have an Advanced Dining Reservation to go to either. They are just too popular to get into without one. To get these reservations, all you need to do is go to the respective restaurant web pages (linked to above) to make those plans. 

    I would also suggest that if time allows, enjoy exploring these resorts before or after your meal. They are wonderfully themed, and they are worth the time. 

    Have a Magical (and delicious) Vacation!

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