Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Apr 8, 2013
    Melanie Asked

    MK EMH 8:00 am. What time should we arrive to increase chances of being picked first family? Family of 4 with two boys 4 & 2. Do they ever pick families with kids this young? Hate to get there too early if its not a possibility. Other suggestions? Th

    Hi Melanie!

        Getting selected to be the first family and opening Magic Kingdom is truly a magical moment!  This incredible magical moment is random, but there are things that you can do to increase your chances of being selected.  The first is to show up 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours early before the Magic Kingdom is scheduled to open on that particular day (I would recommend 6:00 am to 6:30 am for your family if there is Magic Kingdom Extra Magic hours at 8:00 am on the day that you are planning to go to the Magic Kingdom). If no busses are running that early in the morning, I would take a taxi to the Contemporary Resort and then walk to the Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary (5 to 10 minute walk).  Secondly, talk to the Cast Members at the Ticket turnstiles or Magic + Portals and be excited for your day in the Magic Kingdom. Thirdly, have your family all wear the same brightly colored shirts (same color for everyone because it makes your family stand out) and if you have your family name on the shirts that is even better!  I have seen a lot of family of four people picked to open up the Magic Kingdom and some with younger children so it is definitely worth a try to see if this magical moment can happen for your family!

    I hope that your next Walt Disney World vacation is truly magical in every way!

    Keep Dreaming Big!
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Meet the Panelist: Marc, New York

I am a single Father to one incredible boy.  I would love nothing more than to provide people with Disney vacation planning that will enable them to have a new experience or make their Disney vacation just a little more magical! Learn More About Marc

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