• On Nov 15, 2019
    Mabel from VA 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.

    Hi! We have a reservation for 8 at the Rainforest Cafe (AK). Half of our party will be at the park, the other half won't but they'll us for dinner. Do they need AK tickets to go to the restaurant? If not, do they still need to pay for parking?

    Hi Mabel!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Thank you for sending in such a good question.  Rainforest Cafe at Disney's Animal Kingdom is located at the entrance to the theme park, and is very unusual in that it has two entrances, both inside and outside the park.  Your friends will not need an admission ticket to enter the restaurant from outside the park, but if you wish to exit the restaurant straight into the park after your dinner, you will need a park ticket.  Here is a park GuideMap so you can see exactly where the restaurant is located - at (2) on the map.  Anyone wishing to use the parking lot at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park will be required to pay the parking fee.  If your friends are visiting another theme park earlier in the day, and have already paid for parking there, this ticket will be good for the whole day and they won't have to pay again prior to your dinner reservation.  Also, if your friends are staying at a Disney Resort hotel, Disney Resort Transport is complimentary to/from the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, and the bus service runs approximately every 20 minutes, with a return service operating for around 2 hours after park closing.

    Please come back and visit us if you have any further questions.  We will be happy to help you plan your magical vacation to Walt Disney World Resort.


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Hi, I'm Sue from England, and am very proud to be a member of planDisney since 2012.  Walt Disney World is my happy place, and I look forward to answering your questions when you are planning your magical vacation at Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Susan

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