Giraffe at Kilimanjaro Safari
  • On Apr 25, 2018
    Noelle from GA Asked

    They've added EMH for AK for basically all of June, but we are staying off site. What time should we plan to arrive that morning? Still arrive at 8:00 to get ready to enter at 9:00, even though tons of others will be entering at 8?

    Hi Noelle!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Are you getting excited about your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation? Have you started making a list of your must-try snacks in Disney's Animal Kingdom? My two cannot-go-wrong recommendations are the mickey-shaped Colossal Cinnamon Roll from Kusafiri (it's light and flaky like a croissant) or an adult Dole Whip from Tamu Tamu.

    Fellow Disney Parks Moms Panelist Lindsey N. and I happened to have overlapping Disney vacations in March, and we rope dropped the early morning Extra Magic Hour at Disney's Animal Kingdom together. That morning guests were arriving as early as 5:30 A.M. for a 7:00 A.M. early opening! The park entrance was very well organized and was actually broken up by who was there for what. Cast Members were directing the Extra Magic Hour Guests to one side of the turnstile area while guests who were arriving for the regularly scheduled park opening were asked to wait on the other side. To further help with the traffic, Cast Members started letting the Extra Magic Hour guests through the turnstile touch points about 15 minutes before the scheduled early morning opening. Those guests were then escorted to the different sections of the park so they could enter individual attraction queues right at the scheduled Magic Hour time, which greatly helped manage the traffic flow at the front. It will still be busy at 8:00 A.M, but the big Extra Magic Hour crowd will clear out pretty fast, and I think by 8:15 A.M. it will look like a normal day rope drop wait.

    I hope this helped with planning your Disney Day, and We'll See You Real Soon, Noelle!

    ~Kristen
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a toddler mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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