Epcot and monorail at night
  • On Feb 28, 2022
    Tom from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If we have a reservation in a different park, can we make a dinner reservation at an EPCOT restaurant? If so, and if we cannot enter EPCOT because it is full, can we cancel the reservation without a penalty?

    Hiya, Tom! Welcome to planDisney!

    If we don't talk about Annual Passes (no, no, no - now I'll have the Encanto soundtrack stuck in my head all day), there are a couple of types of Walt Disney World theme park tickets that you can purchase. The first type is a one-day, one-park pass. This type of ticket allows you to make a reservation at one theme park, and spend the day there without visiting another park. You can leave that park and go back to that park, but you cannot visit another of the theme parks. 

    Another way you can do your ticket is to add the park hopper option. This option allows you to book a theme park reservation for the first park you want to visit, and then after 2 PM, you can hop over to another park - like EPCOT for a dining reservation. Without the park hopper option, Tom, you can't leave one park to go to EPCOT for a dinner reservation. 

    If you do book a park hopper ticket, chances are, you won't be facing an issue with capacity. Walt Disney World works in phases when it comes to closing due to capacity, and except during weeks like Christmas and sometimes Easter, you don't typically see the parks completely closed because they are full. If you do face this situation, your best bet is to plead your case with a Cast Member over the phone. There is sometimes some wiggle room with regard to the cancellation fee.

    I hope you have a wonderful visit, Tom!
    Anna
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My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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