Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On May 2, 2011
    Danielle from NC Asked

    I have made RSVP to eat at some really great resorts so i was told, but now i'm unsure about the time as I picked 5-6pm and i did not get hopper passes. will i be able to eat and reenter park? and will i have time to do so? what is the best time to eat?

    You'll be fine with Advance Dining Reservations between 5:00-6:00 pm. In fact, I find dining earlier rather than later helps keep ahead of crowd patterns. We almost always eat before 5:30 when in WDW.

    You may exit and re-enter the same park as many times as needed. For example, if you tour the Magic Kingdom in the morning, return to your resort for a swim, go back to the Magic Kingdom for touring and then depart to have dinner at Chef Mickey's, you'll only use one day!

    Park hopper passes are only necessary when you intend to visit more than one park in a single day. For example, many guests like to tour one park such as Animal Kingdom in the morning and early afternoon, then hop to Epcot in the evening for dinner and fireworks.

    I'm not sure what time of year that you'll be visiting WDW. If you dine from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., you can be back in a park by 7:15 at the very latest depending on how far the resort hotel is from the park in which you are touring.

    If you've scheduled to dine in a resort closest to the park you are touring that day, then you could be back inside the theme park by 6:30 p.m. or earlier! On an evening when our family plans to tour the Magic Kingdom, we will be dining at the nearby Contemporary hotel.

    I hope your ADRs work for your touring plan. Enjoy!
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I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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