• On May 21, 2019
    Seila from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have always stayed on property and unfortunately only have one day while in Florida to bring the Grandchildren for their first visit. Question, what time does the gates open? We have tickets already. What time can we get on ferry or monorail to go over?

    Hi Sheila,

    Taking your grandchildren for their very first Disney trip sounds like SO MUCH FUN! Seeing the awe and wonder through their eyes will surely make your heart nearly burst with Disney magic, and you'll all create memories together that you'll cherish forever!

    Since park hours vary by day, I'd encourage you to check the calendar for the exact date you're planning to visit. Depending on when Magic Kingdom Park opens, the ferryboat and Express Monorail will begin running at least thirty minutes prior to the official park opening. In my personal experience, I've seen them begin even earlier than that at times. The Resort Monorail is another option, too, and it begins running quite early in the morning to allow Guests with 7:00 a.m. breakfast dining reservations to get to where they need to be. While the Resort Monorail makes a couple of extra stops along the way, my family loves riding it; we always think of it as our first ride of the day! Since you'll go through security at the Transportation and Ticket Center, you'll be all set to scan your MagicBands or cards once you arrive and begin your magical day. Cast Members usually allow Guests to enter Main Street U.S.A. at some point prior to the official park opening, and I'd encourage you to find a great spot to watch the exciting Let the Magic Begin welcome show. It's the perfect way to get in the Disney spirit and kick off your day at Magic Kingdom Park!

    Don't forget to stop by a Disney Resort hotel front desk, theme park ticket window, or Guest Relations location to ask for complimentary "1st Visit" buttons for your Mouseketeers, and enjoy a grand adventure with them!

    Thanks so much for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Sheila, and please let us know if we can help with anything else as you're planning your visit. I hope that you have a truly magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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