• On Nov 6, 2021
    Jason from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have tickets for the Very Merriest After Hours, but not park tickets for that day. Can we make a dining reservation in Magic Kingdom for 6:00 or will we not be permitted to access the park until 7:00?

    Hey there, Jason! Thanks for visiting us here at planDisney with your question. 

    I'm so excited that you'll be attending Disney's Very Merriest After Hours event on your upcoming Walt Disney World vacation, Jason. I've seen a lot of reviews of the party already and everyone is loving it! Disney's Very Merriest After Hours event actually kicks off starting at 9:00 p.m. Your after-hours party ticket does allow you early entry into Magic Kingdom Park two hours before the party starts at 7:00 p.m. 

    If you were to make a dining reservation at 6:00 p.m. at a restaurant inside of Magic Kingdom Park, you would need to purchase a standard theme park ticket and have a park pass reservation to be able to enter early enough for your dining reservation. If you have your heart set on eating somewhere inside of Magic Kingdom Park, your dinner reservation would need to be for sometime after 7:00 p.m. if you wanted to use your after-hours event ticket only. 

    There are some really great places to have dinner at the resorts around Magic Kingdom Park. You could look for a reservation at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Disney Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort or at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. All of those resorts provide really quick access over to Magic Kingdom Park when it is time for the party. 

    If you are looking for a nice sit-down dinner, right now I am loving Steakhouse 71 at Disney's Contemporary Resort. It just opened in October and it is delicious. I've actually sampled every single dinner menu item and I can tell you that everything is really good plus I feel like the pricing is really fair for it being a steakhouse. The restaurant tells a story from start to finish from the decor around the restaurant to the menu items and it's fun to hear from your servers about it.  I highly recommend giving it a try. 

    I hope this helps you plan your evening, Jason. If you have any other questions, please feel free to stop back by and ask me. I'm happy to help. Have fun and enjoy! 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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