• On Jan 29, 2018
    Karen from NC 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.

    Do restaurants in the parks have set hours or are they open depending on park hours. Do mvmcp or extra morning/evening hours play a role in their hours.

    Hi Karen! This is a great question as Dining at Walt Disney World Resort is almost as popular as some of the beloved attractions.

    Dining hours do vary by restaurant, and there are basically no set rules. Some are owned and operated by Disney so they can open and close as various elements change. Some locations are owned by 3rd party companies (Yak and Yeti; Rainforest Cafe) so they do have contracts of being open during set hours. There are some restaurants that close an hour or two before the park does (Columbia Harbor House) and there are some that are open well past the posted closing time of the park that day (Casey's Corner). The majority of sit-down restaurants do accept reservations during Extra Magic Hours and Special Ticketed Events like Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (Be Our Guest, Cinderella's Royal Table). However food booths for Epcot events usually do close during evening Extra Magic Hours.

    The best way to double check a restaurants hours would be to pull up the Park Hours Operating Schedule as well as the individual restaurant page for a specific venue. Once on that locations page, look all the way to the right. Under the blue box that says "Check Availability" and above the park map pinpointing the location, you'll see the hours for that location for today. Click the tiny Calendar icon by today's date and start playing around. Depending on the restaurant chosen you'll start to notice if it stays open later or earlier depending on the parks hours as well as Extra Magic Hours.

    When in the parks the best way to find an open dining location (especially during Extra Magic Hours) is the My Disney Experience App. It will even guide you from where you are to where the food is on a GPS enabled map!

    I hope this helped a bit, Karen, and we'll see you real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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