California Grill
  • On Apr 18, 2022
    Jacqueline from NC 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 am making dining reservations for our honeymoon at Disney. In regards to restaurants, could I make a reservation for a resort I am not staying at? Or would I need a park ticket in order to get to the resort I'm trying to eat at?

    Hiya Jacqueline,

    Welcome to planDisney! Dining at a fantastic Walt Disney World dining location is the perfect way to commemorate your honeymoon. To quote my favorite Disney movie, "You know the thing about good food? It brings folks together from all walks of life. It warms them right up, and it puts little smiles on their faces." Oh, and congratulations, by the way, on your nuptials.

    As someone who considers herself a mini-expert on all things yummy and food-related at Walt Disney World Resort, I am happy to answer this question. You are definitely able to make advanced dining reservations for dining locations at a Walt Disney World Resort Collection Hotel that you are not staying at. I do it all the time! If you are driving to the resort hotel, all you will need to access the resort parking lot is your confirmed reservation. My absolute favorite place to dine and one that would be perfect for celebrating your honeymoon is California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort. The location is perfect, the food is divine, and when you make a dinner reservation, you get access to the observation deck to watch Disney's Enchantment. It is truly the best view of a spectacular show. I'm still dreaming about the special 50th Anniversary menu!

    Now, if you are looking to dine at a dining location at one of the Theme Parks, you will need to have a valid Theme Park ticket and a Disney Park Pass Reservation for the Theme Park you are planning to dine at. The exception, of course, is if you have a Park Hopper ticket. You would still need a Disney Park Pass Reservation, but it doesn't necessarily have to be for the Theme Park you are dining at if the reservation is after 2 pm. The guidelines for park hopping are as follows:

    - You must have a Disney Park Pass reservation for the first park you would like to visit that day. At the current time, a Disney Park Pass reservation is not required for the park you plan to hop to, but this is subject to change.
    - You must physically enter the first park before hopping to a new park after 2 pm.
    - Lastly, park hopping is subject to theme park availability for the park you plan to hop to.

    Hopefully, this answers your question, Jacqueline! Please let me know if you would like some recommendations for dining locations or anything else. I would be happy to talk about food and Walt Disney World all day long.

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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