Epcot and monorail at night
  • On Apr 14, 2022
    Shannan from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! Question about dining res. I read that some are having trouble booking dining bc of not having park res. We have park res booked & hope to hop to Epcot for dinner. If we have MK park res for a day, will we be able to book dinner in Epcot w/hopper?

    Hello Shannan,

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. Your vacation may seem far away right now, but before you know it you'll be strolling down Main Street U.S.A., posing for photos in front of Cinderella Castle, and saying hello (hugs included) to your favorite characters!

    I know it's a bit of a splurge, but I love the flexibility you get by adding the Park Hopper Option to your tickets, especially when it comes to dining. Reserving a spot at popular restaurants can be challenging, but having several days to choose from during your trip makes it so much easier. You don't need to have a theme park reservation in order to make a dining reservation, so I'm not sure exactly why that's giving people trouble. You do, however, need the park reservation to actually be able to dine in a restaurant located within a park. Unless I'm visiting at a super busy time, I like to try to make my dining plans first and then make my park reservations around those plans.

    Spending the morning in Magic Kingdom and then hopping to EPCOT after 2:00 PM (or whenever park hopping starts for the day) sounds like a fantastic plan. There are so many great restaurants in the countries around World Showcase, not to mention character dining at Garden Grill Restaurant, and out of this world dining at Space 220 Restaurant. Plus, EPCOT at night is gorgeous! Beacons of Magic in this park is stunning, and watching Harmonious is the perfect way to end a Disney day.

    Although it's not likely, there is always the possibility that park hopping could be unavailable on any given day based on capacity. If this were to happen, you would receive a push alert notice from your My Disney Experience app on your mobile device. In this rare instance, I recommend speaking to a Cast Member at Guest Services and let them know you have reservations. You may be allowed entry anyway, or they may be able to help you come up with an alternative solution. 

    Hope this helps. Have a magical vacation!
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After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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