Victoria Alberts
  • On Sep 14, 2018
    Rachel from MO Asked

    Do you have to have purchased your park tickets to make dining reservations at 180 days? Or, is a resort reservation all that is needed?

    Hi Rachel and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I’m excited to see that you have a plan in the works for a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort next Spring!

    I’m happy to report that you do not need a Disney Resort hotel reservation or theme park tickets linked to your My Disney Experience account to make dining reservations. While restaurants within the parks do require that you have a valid theme park ticket to enter, there are lots of places you and your family can dine within the Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Springs areas that do not require a theme park ticket. 

    Rachel, I see that you’re approaching your 180-day window. If you are planning on visiting a certain theme park but have not yet purchased tickets, you can absolutely make dining reservations now. You have plenty of time to purchase your tickets before your planned visit. You may just want to keep in mind that you can start making your FastPass+ selections 60 days before your visit if you’re a guest at a Disney Resort hotel. You can make selections 30 days before your visit if you’re staying off-site.

    Right now, if you purchase 3 or more-day tickets you can save $20 by purchasing your tickets on the Walt Disney World Resort ticket site. Tickets purchased now would not expire until December 31, 2019. You may also want to take a look at Special Offers as your trip approaches. Different promotions are available all the time and there may be at least one that coincides with the dates of your trip.

    Don’t hesitate to come back to see us with any other planning questions that might come up! Helping you with all the details is our pleasure!

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Meet the Panelist: Veronica, Florida

Hello from South Florida!  My name is Veronica.  I'm a wife and mother to two amazing girls.  I'm a bilingual journalist turned stay-at-home mom.  My first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort was at the ripe age of two and I've had the pleasure of visiting every year since!  Now as an adult and Annual Pass holder, I plan my family's fun and memorable vacations.  As a Disney Parks Moms Panelist, I look forward to helping you craft your magical experience!  Learn More About Veronica

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