• On Dec 9, 2021
    Anita from CO 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 need help with dining ... I have not made reservations for dining due to notifications regarding hopper pass and going to a park in the afternoon may not be guaranteed even with dinner reservations in that park. We are staying at Coronado Springs Resort

    Hi, Anita! Welcome to planDisney! 

    Oh my Mickey pretzels, your Walt Disney World Resort vacation will be here before you know it! We need to make sure you have your dining reservations ready to go so you don't miss a morsel!

    You're right that having dining reservations doesn't guarantee you entrance into a theme park if park hopping is unavailable on a particular day. Disney's official recommendation is that you try to plan your meals in the park where you have a Disney Park Pass reservation for that day. Having said that, there are a couple of ways you can strategize your dining reservations to lessen the risk that you're not able to enter another theme park.

    First, let's take a look at the Theme Park Reservation Availability Calendar. If there are still Disney Park Pass reservations available on the day you'd like to hop for dinner, it's a safe bet you'll be able to to so. For example, on your arrival date of December 17, only the Magic Kingdom Park has no availability for theme park reservations, so I'd feel confident making dining plans in any of the other parks. In fact, the Magic Kingdom itself may be fine for hopping as well, but if you just want to play it safe you can look elsewhere.

    Also, don't overlook the amazing dining options in the Disney Resorts Collection hotels! There are two incredible restaurants right there at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort that you might want to try. Toledo - Tapas, Steak & Seafood is located high atop the new Gran Destino Tower and offers gorgeous views in an elegant setting, while Three Bridges Bar & Grill in the middle of Lago Dorado is a gem of a spot for a casual meal and a sunset cocktail. It looks like Toledo still has some reservations open for dates during your stay, and Three Bridges is available for walk-up dining. Do give them both a try!

    Anita, I hope this whets your appetite to plan some magical Disney dining experiences! Thank you so much for stopping by to see us, and I wish you and your family a joyous holiday season!

    Keep Disney Dreaming,

    Kathy K.
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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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