AA Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar; DinoLand U.S.A.; animal kingdom
  • On Sep 18, 2010
    Erika 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.

    Newbie Floridian and Passholder- Need general vacation information about WDW, like what restaurants require reservations? Can we eat at Chef Mickeys without staying in the resort? Or, get a massage at Sarasota Springs?

    Hi Erica,

    Guess what?  My family just moved to the Sunshine State too!  In fact, I'm so excited to say that I have my first-ever Florida Resident Annual Passes!  In general, I would recommend making advanced dining reservations for whatever table-service (sit-down) restaurants you are interested in visiting (this is especially true for character meals, such as Chef Mickey's).  This way, you are guaranteed a table with a minimal wait at the restaurants you most want to dine at.  It is certainly possible to walk up to restaurants, however, during peak times of the year, waits can be long and/or the restaurants can be at capacity.  You can dine anywhere at Walt Disney World without staying at a Disney Resort.  For restaurants located inside the theme parks, you will need a valid ticket to enter the respective parks (but you'll have that covered with your annual pass!)  You can also take advantage of the Spas at Disney without being a guest at a resort.  Again, I would recommend making reservations to ensure that your specific service and desired time are available.

    Enjoy your annual pass and new home!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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