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  • On Jan 24, 2024
    Nicole from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have not purchased our theme park tickets yet but want to make dining reservations at the 60 day mark, which for us is next Tuesday morning. Without theme park tickets, will I be able to make theme park dining reservations without a ticket?

    Hiya Nicole, Welcome to planDisney! Thank you for stopping by with your Walt Disney World Resort dining reservation question! Your trip to the Most Magical Place On Earth is right around the corner! My husband will tell you that eating my way around Walt Disney World Resort is the one of the many things I look forward to on each vacation! 

    Nicole, I am happy to let you know that a theme park ticket is not required for booking an advance dining reservation. Dining can be booked online within 60 days, with reservations for each 60th day opening at 6:00am Eastern Time. 

    Walt Disney World dining reservations and recreation experiences for open locations are currently available for booking by all Guests and can be made up to 60 days in advance. In addition, Disney Resort Hotel guests can make reservations up to 60 days prior to their resort check-in date for the length of their stay (up to 10 days). Again, all dining reservations can be made online or through your My Disney Experience account. Many recreation experiences can also be booked online.

    Though you don't need a theme park ticket to book a dining reservation, you will eventually need to purchase a theme park if you wish to eat at the restaurant located inside a park. For example, say you book at one of my favorite restaurants, Tusker House Restaurant. You can book up to 60 days in advance, with or without a theme park ticket. However, since this restaurant is located in Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park (Africa to be exact), you will need a theme park ticket for that park.

    I hope this information helps you prepare for an exciting visit to the Walt Disney World Resort filled with lots of food Nicole! Thank you again for visiting planDisney!

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Hiya Pals! I’m Kay from beautiful Upstate New York. I’m a wife and mom to three beautiful musketeers. We are avid Disney fans and consider Walt Disney World our second home. We got married at Disney and have celebrated many milestones there and I cannot wait to help you plan your magical vacation! Learn More About Kay

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