• On Aug 13, 2019
    Amber from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    College Gameday is airing Saturday the 24th at Magic Kingdom at 9am. The park doesn't open until 9am according to My Disney Experience app. Won't they start letting people in earlier so the show can have an audience before Game Day actually starts?

    Hello, Amber! Thanks for bringing another great question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I, too, saw the announcement on the Disney Parks Blog about ESPN’s "College GameDay" broadcasting live from Magic Kingdom Park on Saturday, Aug. 24. What an exciting time to be a football fan AND a Disney fan! As a general rule, Main Street, U.S.A. opens up to an hour prior to the Park’s official opening time to allow Guests to explore its shops, grab a cup of Starbucks coffee from the Main Street Bakery (or a Mickey-shaped scone from the Main Street Confectionery), and make their way to the stage in front of Cinderella Castle to enjoy “Let the Magic Begin”--the show that counts down the official opening of the Park five minutes before Guests are welcomed into Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Tomorrowland and Fantasyland to experience Magic Kingdom Park’s many attractions.

    On an average Saturday, you’ll find Guests lined up well before that hour in advance so they can be among the first to arrive inside Magic Kingdom Park. Several table-service restaurants begin serving breakfast prior to the Park’s opening as well, so you’ll find those Guests with reservations to locations like Be Our Guest Restaurant, The Crystal Palace and The Plaza Restaurant entering early, too. If you’d like to be there when "College GameDay" goes live at 9 a.m., I would recommend planning to arrive as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time to go through security/ bag check and have your ticket scanned right at or slightly before 8 a.m. 

    I wish you the best of luck, Amber. Maybe you’ll even run into Lee Corso on Splash Mountain!

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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