• On Nov 29, 2017
    Christine from MD 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.

    We purchased single park tickets, not park hopper tickets. My question is, when making dining reservations, do we have to eat at a restaurant in the park we are going to for the day? Or can we just go into the restaurant and go to a different park after?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Christine! 

    Thank you so much for bringing us your great question. I'm happy to help you understand how your theme park ticket media works and how to best maximize your options. 

    With single-day theme park tickets, you are all set to enjoy all the magic your park of choice for the day has to offer! A single-day ticket really is the best way to maximize your time, and when you select your park choices around Extra Magic Hours, you have access to the magic even longer (Extra Magic Hours is a benefit exclusive to guests staying at a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel). 

    Should you desire to transfer to a second theme park after you have already entered a park, you definitely will have to purchase a Park Hopper Pass, even if you only want to visit a second park on the same day for a dining reservation - it's still considered Park Hopping. 

    The good news is all four Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks offer exceptional dining experiences! So enjoying one of the many restaurant available in the theme park you are visiting that day will not be a problem!

    Another tip: With so many Resort hotels within walking distance of most theme parks, you can always take a break form the park, dine at a Resort hotel location, and then return to the same theme park for all the nighttime fun! 

    I hope this information is helpful in your planning, Christine! I would love to hear back from you with any additional questions you may have. I'd also love to share my dining recommendations with you - I have my favorites for each park. 

    Happy Planning! 

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Meet the Panelist: Faith, South Carolina

Hi, doers & dreamers! I am a wife and mother of three active children and we are always on the go. We look forward to our Walt Disney World® Resort vacations as a way of slowing down and reconnecting while still maintaining our active lifestyle. Whether your family wants to take it easy by a resort hotel pool, or speed up during a runDisney race event, I am your planning expert!  Learn More About Faith

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