• On Feb 3, 2017
    Megan from KS 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 had 8:15am Crystal Palace Character Dining Reservations for April 2017 before Magic Kingdom switched their opening procedures. Will we be able to get into the park before 8am to get that empty Main Street Shot that we were hoping to get? TY

    Hello Megan! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Winnie the Pooh and the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood will be thrilled that you're joining them for a scrumptious buffet. And coupling that with an attempt at the coveted empty Main Street, U.S.A. family shot with Cinderella Castle in the background? Sounds like Endless Magic that only a Walt Disney World Resort vacation can provide!

    As long as there are no Extra Magic Hours for the morning of your visit at the Magic Kingdom, the new opening show, Let the Magic Begin, should begin roughly 5-10 minutes before 9 a.m. While it varies by day, Guests are granted admittance onto Main Street U.S.A. to make their way up to Cinderella castle for the show between 20-25 minutes before the show begins.

    With your 8:15 a.m. Advanced Dining Reservation for The Crystal Palace, you can enter Magic Kingdom through a special queue marked for tours, reservations and special ticketed events. In my experience, this queue is usually located on the far left near the Newsstand Shop. Arriving early should give you enough time to beat the rush down Main Street, U.S.A. and give you a chance for that picture that makes it look like you have all of Magic Kingdom just for yourselves.

    To back up your personal photo shoot, make sure you get a few pictures using Disney PhotoPass Photographers and consider purchasing Magic Maker to take advantage of professional photos of your magical memories.

    Have a Magical Morning!

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Hello, I’m Todd – fun dad to two super kids, a beautiful princess and adventurous pirate, and husband to a loving wife. By day, I work as a storyteller and high school teacher, where I help others find their own stories through the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort!

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