• On Mar 27, 2017
    Patti 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.

    We'll be at wdw the first week of June, and I'm a little stressed that the parks are only open till 9 pm. We have the dining plan, but I'm considering changing to just quick service to save time. Thoughts??

    Hi Patti,

    I hope that I can help you feel less stressed about your upcoming Walt Disney World vacation! My advice for you is that you will be fine with the Disney Dining Plan, which includes table service dining. Let me offer some thoughts on why.

    Looking at the hours for Walt Disney World theme parks, I see that you are correct, most of the theme parks have a closing time listed of 9:00 p.m. at the latest for the week that you are visiting; however, check out Disney's Animal Kingdom! Due to the much-anticipated opening of Pandora - The World of Avatar, Disney's Animal Kingdom will be open until 11:00 p.m. each night, which gives you one theme park that you can explore later each night.

    Since you purchased a Disney Dining Plan, you must be staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel. As such, you are eligible to participate in Extra Magic Hours, during which a select theme park is open earlier or later for Walt Disney World resort hotel guests. Extra Magic Hours are listed on the theme park schedules that I linked.

    Finally, the Disney Dining Plan offers dining not only in the theme parks, but also in Disney Springs and at Disney resort hotels as well. If you prefer to experience a theme park right up until the park closes, you could look for a dining location at one of these locations outside of the theme park after the theme parks close. You could use your snacks and quick service meal early in the day, and then enjoy a late-night dinner at one of these non-theme park locations. Here is a listing of participating restaurants in the Disney Dining Plan.

    Please do let us know if you have any further questions, Patti!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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