Epcot and monorail at night
  • On Feb 4, 2018
    Marc from CA Asked

    I understand the monorail to epcot begins operations one hour prior to park opening. We have meal reservations one hour prior to park opening. Are there alternate modes of transportation from the Polynesian Resort prior to the monorail opening?

    Hi Marc,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am delighted that you are staying at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort! My family adores this resort.

    On a prior visit, we had to get from Disney's Polynesian Village Resort to Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for an 8:10 a.m. breakfast reservation. Although the Resort Monorail was operating by 7:15 a.m., the monorail from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Epcot was not. So we had to take a taxi. There were a few taxis waiting outside of the front entrance to the resort, so we just walked outside and requested one.

    Since that time, I have started using Uber as well. I love that, with the app, I can schedule a pick-up at a certain time or simply request a ride immediately. Drivers typically have arrived within 10 minutes of the request. Since you are staying at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, you can also try the Minnie Van™ service with Lyft. To enroll and/or ask questions, be sure to check with a cast member at your resort when you arrive.

    Marc, I would allow at least an hour to get from the resort to your dining reservation. But, I am loving your strategy. My family does pre-park opening dining reservations so that we can enjoy the park for a few minutes before the crowds arrive. Epcot is just lovely early in the morning. Be sure to take a few photos on your way to the restaurant. On our last visit, we were able to get in the standby line for Frozen Ever After by 9:10 a.m. and only waited 10 minutes to ride!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
    Donyell

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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