Disney 100 Characters; mother, father, daughters; Donald Duck, Pluto, goofy
  • On Jun 29, 2024
    Tara from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    730 chef mickeys adr, then walking over to the mk, what can we expect for wait times getting into the park. My son has autism and doesn’t do well waiting so I’m really worried that’ll it be a madhouse by the time we get there. Thanks for all the help!’n

    Hiya, Tara! Thanks for stopping by planDisney again with another vacation planning question. I'm happy to talk through your plans to help with your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation as it's just a few weeks away!

    Your Disney day is going to be off to a great start with breakfast at Chef Mickey's. This is one of our family favorites, as well--there are plenty of great options on the buffet for even the pickiest eaters. And of course, the main attraction is the wonderful photo ops with Mickey and friends! 

    After breakfast, you'll be able to take the handy walking path that connects Disney's Contemporary Resort and Magic Kingdom Park. You'll go through a bag check and a metal detector along this path before arriving at the main gates of the park to scan your tickets and enter for a day of fun. 

    Guests of Disney Resort Hotels may enter the parks 30 minutes before the posted opening time with Early Theme Park Entry--it's one of my favorite perks of staying on property! On most days, this means on-site Guests can begin enjoying attractions promptly at 8:00 AM, while those staying off-property will start their day at 8:30. Assuming your breakfast takes about an hour, the early birds arriving for rope drop will already be dispersed through the park by the time you arrive. 

    At Magic Kingdom, Guests are usually allowed to enter through the main gate before opening and then queue at either side of the "Hub" in front of Cinderella Castle (one line for early entry and one for regular entry), so the lines at the turnstiles don't back up too much. To keep things moving, I recommend making sure that your tickets are linked to your My Disney Experience app so you can quickly scan a MagicBand or MagicMobile Pass and be on your way. 

    If your son is into pin trading, I have often used this as a strategy to keep my kids engaged during an unexpected delay or a long line. We usually pack an assortment of pins to trade, and attaching these to a lanyard is a good activity to stay occupied. You'll also be likely to find Cast Members and other Guests open to trades which can help wait times pass more quickly!

    Tara, I hope your family has the most magical time at Walt Disney World! If our planDisney crew can assist with any other questions, please don't hesitate to reach out again. 

    See Ya Real Soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Susan, Michigan

Hi there! I'm Susan, a pixie-dusted pediatric nurse and Disney Vacation Club specialist. I'm married to my own Mr. Incredible and we have two fantastic teenage daughters. Our family has been making Disney memories for four generations, and I'm so excited to help you plan your own magical adventures as part of the planDisney panel. Welcome home! Learn More About Susan

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