• On Aug 5, 2018
    Kristin from CT 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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    Dear Moms~ I plan on coming to Disneyworld in Summer 2019. Our family will be staying at Wilderness Lodge. Would you be able to tell me the earliest time we would be able to get the morning ferry over to MK? I plan on going when the park opens at 9:00. TY!

    Hi Kristin!

    There are more than 20 beautiful Walt Disney World Resort hotels from which to choose and you have selected my favorite. In fact, Disney's Wilderness Lodge is my favorite hotel in the entire world. The Native American and western music, the babbling brook that flows out into the courtyard from the lobby, and the hidden Mickeys tucked in various places throughout the resort are amazing. It has always been a magical place for my family. You're going to love it!

    The boat ride across Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon is soothing and gorgeous. You'll want to board the boat with the red flag if you are headed directly to Magic Kingdom Park. The signage at the dock behind Disney's Wilderness Lodge notes that the boat with the red flag will start picking Guests up 30 minutes prior to Magic Kingdom Park opening. In my experience, I have found that it often starts running even earlier than that.

    However, if you're looking to arrive significantly early to Magic Kingdom Park, there are other ways to get there. You could board a direct bus in front of Disney's Wilderness Lodge or you could hop on the boat with the blue flag. Disembark the boat at Disney's Contemporary Resort and walk to Magic Kingdom Park. (The boat to Disney's Contemporary Resort with the blue flag starts running at 6:45 a.m. If you go through Disney's Contemporary Resort, stop at the Contempo Café on the fourth floor. They have the most amazing cupcakes. They make for a truly decadent breakfast treat.)

    Do let me know if you need any tips for what not to miss at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. I promise it's a place you'll never forget.

    Sending best wishes and pixie dust,
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Lesson plans, college plans, vacation plans...as a teacher, college counselor, and incurable Disney fan I find myself constantly planning.  I love to share advice with friends who have yet to experience all that Walt Disney World has to offer! Learn More About Jill

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