• On Jul 7, 2019
    Jamie from OH 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.

    Are resort restaurants open to anyone, or only the guests staying at the particular resort?

    It's great to see you here today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Jamie!

    Discovering new dining is probably my favorite thing to do when I'm on vacation. It's my personal goal to try all of the different restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort but new and exciting things keep getting added all the time so I'm not sure if I'll ever reach that goal! Just this week, a new signature dining experience, Takumi-Tei, opened at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot and I can't wait to get there to try out that creative menu for myself.

    A lot of my favorite restaurants are located at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, so I'm pleased to tell you that you are welcome to dine at any restaurant you choose, even if it's located at a Resort Hotel you're not staying at. Your advanced dining reservation even entitles you to three hours of complimentary parking when you're dining at a Resort Hotel if you decide to drive your car! Complimentary transportation is also available from each of the four theme parks as well as Disney Springs.

    Now that you know that there's a whole new world of dining for you to explore, I can't let you leave without telling you about some of my favorite restaurants that are located at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels. I really love a lot of the signature dining experiences, like Narcoossee's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney's Yacht Club Resort. There's some really fun Character Dining to try, so have a look at the breakfast menus for Trattoria al Forno at Disney's BoardWalk Inn or 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, which are both really popular with guests. Finally, make sure you check out my favorite buffet at Walt Disney World Resort, which is Boma - Flavors of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

    Have a magical day, Jamie!

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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our three rescue animals. We are Disney Parks-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World Resort instead! I'm thrilled to be on the planDisney Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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