Check in at Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort
  • On Nov 26, 2017
    Caroline from NJ Asked

    I wanted to make a dining reservation for Chef Mickey’s at 7:30am, but I hear the Disney buses only start running an hour before the parks open. The parks open at 9am that day. So how will we get to our dining reservation from Animal Kingdom Lodge?

    Hi Caroline,

    Thanks for stopping by with this great question!

    My family really loves Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, which is set in a 43-acre preserve full of fascinating wildlife. The lodge itself is magnificently themed replicating the grand safari lodges of Africa. We really enjoy watching the exotic animals from our Savanna View room, and other resort viewing areas too.

    The complimentary Walt Disney World® Bus Service begins running 45 minutes prior to the listed theme park-operating hours. However, there is really no need to worry about making it to Chef Mickey's for your 7:30 a.m. breakfast reservation. You'll find there are buses running even earlier specifically for Guests, such as yourself, with early morning dining reservations.

    When you arrive at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, please ask what time the early buses will start running on the morning of your breakfast at Chef Mickey's. Be sure to inquire about the exact pick-up location too. I suggest allowing at minimum one hour for travel time. You will need to catch the bus going to Magic Kingdom Park. From there you may simply walk to Disney's Contemporary Resort.

    If for whatever reason the early bus service is not operating from your resort, I recommend taking a taxi, Lyft™ or Uber. We recently hired a taxi for a super early morning breakfast reservation which cost around $16. You'll generally find a few taxis waiting at the front of the resort hotel. However, I suggest calling the front desk about 20 minutes before you need to leave. Alternatively, make a request for a Lyft™ or Uber pick up.

    I hope this was helpful information, Caroline. If you have any other vacation planning questions, please come back to visit us again very soon!

    Ritzy ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Ritzy, Rhode Island

People describe my love for Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line as intoxicating and contagious! My family fell in love with the Disney Magic aboard our first Disney cruise with Captain Mickey in 2006. I personally love to spread pixie dust, as I truly enjoy sharing my Disney experience with everyone! Learn More About Ritzy

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