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  • On Oct 4, 2019
    Emily from SC Asked

    How early can you enter Disney World parks for dinning reservations? Park opens at 9:00 and our reservation is at 8:20 in Magic Kingdom (we have other prior to open for other days at Epcot and AK). Wondering how early we can enter prior to 8:20. Thanks

    Hi, there!

     Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Emily. I'm so glad you stopped by!

     An early morning breakfast reservation is my favorite way to maximize my family's precious time in the theme parks. When we arrive for breakfast before the park officially opens, we're fueled and ready to start our pixie-dusted adventures the moment the attractions are up and running. And the best part? An early dining reservation places us a bit ahead of the Guests just arriving at the gate, so we can literally walk right on a popular attraction before most Guests even arrive to that area of the park!

     In my experience, I've been able to enter the theme parks about 20-30 minutes prior to my early morning breakfast reservation time. That cushion has allowed my family the time to take a leisurely walk to the restaurant in what feels like a nearly-empty park. It's a lovely way to begin the day!

     Did you know Disney PhotoPass Photographers are often stationed throughout the park before official opening? When my family arrives for an early morning breakfast reservation, we always try to stop for a photo on our way to the restaurant. There are few chances to take a photo in front of iconic landmarks like Cinderella Castle and the Tree of Life without many Guests in the background, so plan on taking advantage of the opportunity while you have it!

     I hope this was helpful, Emily. Please visit us again soon with any new questions you may have about your Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

    Ashley
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all things Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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