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  • On May 1, 2019
    Alisha from FL Asked

    What is the absolute earliest time I can enter the Magic Kingdom park? Want to take pictures with less crowd of my daughters 2nd birthday June 13. We plant buy the annual Gold pass. Gold passed Thank you

    Hi, Alisha, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I'm so happy you stopped by to see us with your question. I always enjoy a chance to chat with other Sunshine Staters!

    What an amazing birthday you have planned for your little princess at the Walt Disney World Resort! I love your idea to get some special birthday photos in the Magic Kingdom Park. I just checked the Park hours for your date, and you're looking at a 9 a.m. opening that day, with no Extra Magic Hours scheduled. Here's what that means for you. Guests are usually allowed to enter the Magic Kingdom Park about an hour ahead of the official opening time, so with a 9 a.m. opening, you'd be able to enter as early as 8 a.m. Once inside, Guests have access to Main Street, U.S.A., and the area in front of Cinderella Castle in advance of the Let The Magic Begin welcome show, but the rest of the Park remains closed until the official opening time.

    You'll most likely find that there are quite a few Guests joining you for the early admission, so you may not get the empty Park look you were hoping for in your photos. You may want to try getting a breakfast reservation at The Crystal Palace or Be Our Guest Restaurant. Both open at 8 a.m. that day, but if you can get one of the first reservations, you'll be allowed inside even earlier to make it to your breakfast, and you can snap a photo or two on your way.

    One thing to note: Do keep an eye on those Park hours before your visit, as they are subject to change.

    Also, I recommend buying your Florida Resident Annual Passes in advance to save yourself some time on your Theme Park day. You'll need to provide proof of Florida residency at Guest Relations before you can use your passes to enter the Park, so a quick trip to the Disney Ticket Center at Disney Springs a day or two beforehand will help you get that out of the way so you can enjoy your little girl's big day.

    I hope this helps you plan a magical birthday for your daughter, Alisha. Please come see us again if you have any more questions!

    Keep Disney Dreaming,

    Kathy K.
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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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