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  • On Oct 8, 2015
    Jennifer from ON 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 there can you have reservations at a restaurant even though you are not at that park that day.. example we are planning to be at another park for one day can we make reservations in magic kingdom for dinner and the merry xmas show?

    Hi, Jennifer!  This may seem like a complicated answer, but the very short of it is it really depends on the type of ticket medium you have.  

    In order to spend your day at one park but have dinner at another, you will need the park hopper option added to your theme park passes.  This allows you to visit more than one theme park in the same day, so you can absolutely go from a fun day at Epcot to dinner and fireworks at the Magic Kingdom.  

    The other way you can do this is with a "hard ticket" to a special event, such as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.  You can spend the day at one of the other theme parks, then you can use your ticket to the special event to get into the other park.  If you do plan to attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, they have historically allowed guests into the Magic Kingdom beginning at 4 o'clock with their party ticket.  This would allow you to make a dining reservation inside the Magic Kingdom without having to spend the day there or have the hopper option on your passes.

    So, the basic answer is that you always need theme park admission to enjoy a meal in a theme park.  If you have enjoyed one theme park and wish to go to another for dinner, you'll need either a park hopper option OR passes to a hard ticket event like Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

    Enjoy your upcoming visit!
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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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