• On Mar 8, 2021
    Susan from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Planning 6 days at parks, Sun.-Epcot, M/T-HS, W- AK, Th/F-MK. Hoping to Park hop to Epcot on some days. planning dining soon and wondering if park hours will be earlier or later in May (May 9-14)? Opinion about sit down dining in park vs resorts?

    Howdy Susan!

    Welcome back to planDisney!  I am super happy to see that you came back to visit us with some great questions!  It looks like you are counting down the days until you are off to Neverland!  I love planning my visits to the Walt Disney World Resort, and it looks like you do too!  Oh, boy!  Let’s get started!

    I love the schedule that you have made to get the best out of your vacation in the merry, merry month of May!  I see you have the park hopper option added to your theme park tickets!  Since you are hoping to capture a few hours in the evening at EPCOT, the park hopper option is a must-do!  We cannot guarantee availability, but I will say from past experiences, the weekdays tend to be a little slower and should allow you to park hop to EPCOT in the evening.  I love walking around World Showcase at EPCOT in the evening!  I have more exciting news for you!  You will be visiting during the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival!  This festival adds more “Disney Magic Around Every Corner!”  

    It looks like you are with-in your 60-day window to make your advanced dining reservations!  I love reserving dining inside the theme parks, and I also enjoy booking an awesome table-service at one of the Disney Resorts Collection hotels.  I typically base my decisions on park hours.  I will usually book a table-service at one of the Disney Resorts Collection hotels for parks that close earlier than when we would eat dinner.  If I visit a park with longer hours than I usually book a table-service inside the theme park.  Sometimes, if we visit a particular theme park more than once, I may book a table-service at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel to add a little time to relax in the middle of our day.  It is very relaxing to leave the theme parks for a few hours to enjoy a dining experience at one of the Disney Resorts Collection hotels, and then we are all recharged for the rest of the evening.  To find the hours for each theme park during your visit in May, go to the Walt Disney World website.  Click on the “Parks & Tickets” option, then choose a theme park.  Next, you will see a tiny calendar located under “Hours.”  You can choose each park's month and day to find out the hours for each theme park during your stay.  

    I hope this helps as you plan your vacation this May!  To stay up-to-date on everything to do and see during your next vacation, check to Disney Parks Blog!  If you have any more questions, please come back to planDisney, Susan!  We look forward to helping you again!

    See Ya Real Soon,
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Howdy, y'all! I'm Tamela from Alabama and Walt Disney World has been my home away from home for over 40 years. My husband and our two sons love our Walt Disney World vacations and we love helping others with theirs. I have experienced the Walt Disney World resort as a child, teen, single adult, couple with and without babies, and beyond! I love to help plan multi-generational and large group vacations. I look forward to helping you plan your next Walt Disney World vacation. Learn More About Tamela

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