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  • We have ADR at Tusker House @ 8:05am. We are staying offsite (15 min drive). The parking lot doesn't open until 7:45am. Will we have enough time to make our res. or do you have another suggestion? What time should we leave our house to make our res?
  • - Asked by Linda from Michigan on 12/27/2009
  • Hello Linda! 
        You picked a great place to eat breakfast at! The Tusker House is one of the hidden treasures of Disney dinning. You are correct about the Animal Kingdom parking lot opening up about 15 minutes before the park opens for the day. If you leave the house that you are staying at between 7:15 am and 7:30 am and drive directly to the Animal Kingdom parking lot you should get there a few minutes before the parking opens. After you park your car, walk directly to the Animal Kingdom main gates which is not far because you will be one of the first few cars to park. When you get to the main gates after bag check, look to the far right for a Cast Member with a clip board in front of the turnstiles. Tell the Cast Member your last name and Advanced Dining Reservation number and they will let you into the park early to be able to walk to the Tusker House. 

        Keep in mind that the Tusker House is about a 10-15 minute brisk walk from the Animal Kingdom main gates so you should be able to make it to the Tusker House for your Advanced Dining Reservation time. One cool tip for to remember is to bring your camera because as you are walking you can snap some great photographs of an almost empty Animal Kingdom! Who knows maybe a photo of your family in front of the Animal Kingdom Tree of Life with no one else in the background will become your family Christmas card for next year!
    I hope that you have an incredible, magical Disney vacation!

    Keep Dreaming Big!

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