Family dining
  • On Oct 17, 2020
    Beth from PA Asked

    We wanted to walk to the Boardwalk for dinner one night after we were done at Epcot. Is this still allowed? Similarly, we love Roaring Fork at Wilderness Lodge and wanted to go there for lunch as a break from Magic Kingdom one day. Is this allowed? Thanks!

    Hi Beth!

    It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you to planDisney! Let's pull up a chair and chat about my favorite topic: FOOD! With your upcoming vacation at Walt Disney World, you want to make sure you have all your dining options laid out in front of you like Belle did at the Beast's table.

    After a fun-filled day at EPCOT, you absolutely can walk over to Disney's BoardWalk for a nice dinner. Keep in mind that due to the phased reopening, some restaurants are still not available. Check the list of available BoardWalk restaurants and if you see one that strikes your fancy, make sure to make an advance dining reservation as that particular time of year will be very busy. There are also excellent restaurant options in the Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin, so don't forget about those two locations! My recommendations there always include Kimonos for sushi and Shula's Steak House for (what else) filet mignon. 

    As for dining over at another resort hotel like Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney encourages Guests to only visit a resort hotel that is not their "home away from home" if they have a table service reservation. Disney’s goal here is to appropriately manage crowds at their resort hotels. Since Geyser Point Bar and Grill and Roaring Fork are quick service destinations at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, it is preferred that these establishments are to be reserved for its resort guests. I can attest to how much fun it is to dine at Whispering Canyon Cafe, and that just might be your best bet to ensure they have a table all set for you! 

    “Go on, unfold your menu, take a glance, and then you’ll” be ready to place your dinner order. Do you know that you can check out all the dinner menus for restaurants like Whispering Canyon Cafe using My Disney Experience? Nothing like walking into the restaurant already knowing exactly what you want to order! 

    Checking in to your dining reservations at select table-service restaurants is a snap using the new mobile check-in feature on the My Disney Experience app. When your check-in window arrives, you’ll receive a push notification prompting you to check in using the app. Alternatively, you can scan a QR code located in the restaurant’s lobby. Either way, there’s no longer a need to visit the host stand to check in. Pretty cool!

    Beth, “be our guest” at planDisney again. We will always have a place set for you and welcome you back anytime! 

    Bon Appétit!

    Sherry
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Ahoy there! I'm Sherry, a wife and mom to two, lawyer, and blogger from South Carolina. Family time is precious, so making the most of it is a top priority. That's why planning cruises to exciting destinations, trying new port adventures, and experiencing fabulous entertainment and dining is my jam! I'm thrilled to be your personal navigator as you chart your course on your next Disney Cruise Line vacation.  Learn More About Sherry

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