Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Sep 22, 2015
    Michelle from Dorset 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.

    I have a dining reservation at the crystal palace at 08:10. We've hired a car and will park at the TTC. How will we get from the TTC to the MK? I have read blogs that suggest the ferry/monorail do not open until 8am as park opening is 9am on the day we go.

    Hi, Michelle! Thanks so much for stopping by with your question. While the monorail hours have frequently changed in the past few months due to enhancements, and may change at any time in the future, I will share my recent experience with you, which should be similar to the hours you will find during your trip. My older daughter and I had a pre-park opening breakfast Advance Dining Reservation a couple of weeks ago. Rather than utilizing Disney transportation from our Resort to arrive at Magic Kingdom Park, we instead drove to the Transportation and Ticket Center to investigate the transportation options at this location.

    On the morning of our breakfast, we parked in the main parking lot and walked to the Transportation and Ticket Center, where we found large signs to inform Guests of that day's hours for each form of Disney transportation. The picture I took that morning showed a 7:00 a.m. opening of the Resort monorail, an 8:00 a.m. Epcot monorail opening, and an 8:30 a.m. opening of the Express monorail and ferry. I spoke with Cast Members at the monorail entrance and they reported to me that these hours will change when there is a morning Extra Magic Hour. The Epcot monorail opening will move to 7:00 a.m. when that park has an Extra Magic Hour. When Magic Kingdom Park has an Extra Magic Hour, the Express monorail and ferry opening moves to 7:30 a.m., while the Resort monorail remains at 7:00 a.m.

    We arrived at the Transporation and Ticket Center at 7:20 a.m. and had more than enough time to take the Resort monorail over for our 8:00 a.m. breakfast. If you plan to arrive around this same time, I think you will be all set for a fantastic beginning to your day in Magic Kingdom Park. I hope this information helps you continue to plan your trip, Michelle. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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