Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Nov 5, 2012
    Rebecca from AL 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.

    Hi, Bernie, I am already planning a trip for May 2014. Will all of the Fantasyland expansion be complete by that time? Also, I have the resort narrowed down to the three Epcot hotels; can we walk through and use the monorail to other parks before opening?

    Hi Rebecca!

    Thank you for sending me this question directly.  Unfortunately, we don't know the answer to your first question.  Disney has just stated a completion date of 2014 for the last new additions to Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom; you should check back sometime in 2013 for a better estimate.

    The Epcot area Deluxe hotels are fabulous.  I personally prefer the Beach Club because of its close proximity to Epcot followed closely by the Yacht Club.  Unfortunately, you can't enter Epcot before the park officially opens.  You can enter Epcot's International Gateway entrance, the entrance close to the Epcot area hotels, even when World Showcase is closed, but you can't enter until Epcot itself is open. Instead you'll have to take a bus from your hotel to the Magic Kingdom, the only park you could reach via a monorail from Epcot. 

    By the way, to get to Disney's Hollywood Studios, you could walk from your hotel or take a boat from your hotel to the front of that park.  To get to Disney's Animal Kingdom, you have to take a bus from your hotel.

    I hope this helps!  Please write back with more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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