• On Jan 13, 2022
    Paolo from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, Can we make a reservation and dine in any restaurant without a park pass? For example, we would like to eat breakfast at the Animal kingdom buffet but we did not purchase the park pass for animal kingdom… Please advise.

    Hello Paolo,

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. Looks like your magical vacation is in just a few weeks.

    Walt Disney World has so many unique dining experiences, many of them are located right inside the parks. We love starting off our day in Animal Kingdom by dining at Tusker House with Mickey and his safari pals! In order to dine at restaurants in the park, you will need to purchase a park pass and make a reservation for Animal Kingdom.

    There are other fantastic options in Disney Resort Hotels and at Disney Springs that you might want to consider instead. If you're looking to have breakfast with characters, try Chef Mickey's in Disney's Contemporary Resort or Breakfast à La Art with Mickey and Friends at Topolino's Terrace in Disney's Riviera Resort.

    If you are just looking for a unique and delicious way to start the day, try the buffet at Boma - Flavors of Africa in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. You'll even be able to look out on the resort savannah and see some wildlife. Whispering Canyon Cafe in Wilderness Lodge doesn't have animals or characters, but the all-you-can-eat skillets are delicious, and the waitstaff are funny and friendly. Finally, if you want a fantastic meal on a weekend morning, check out Rise 'n Shine Brunch at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' in Disney Springs. Reservations for this delicious brunch fill fast, but if you can get in, I wholeheartedly recommend it!

    Hope this helps. Have a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

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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