Character Dining with Donald Duck
  • On Aug 13, 2023
    Taelor from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have dining reservations in Animal Kingdom for 30 minutes before park opens to off-site guests, like us. (8:30 is the dining time) What protocol should we follow and what time will we be allowed in? Concerned about getting to restaurant in time.

    Jambo Taelor! Welcome to planDisney.

    Starting off your day with breakfast at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park is surely a great way to get an early fill of magic. Hakuna Matata, Taelor. It means "no worries." You will be granted early access to the park in plenty of time to make your advance dining reservation.

    When you get to the gates, there should be a line set up specifically for early dining reservations and tours. I would have your reservation in view on your My Disney Experience Mobile App to speed up the process. If you happen to be starting your day off with your safari host Donald Duck at Tusker House Restaurant, you could expect to be able to enter at 8:00 AM when the restaurant opens.

    After breakfast, enjoy an open-air ride on the savanna on Kilimanjaro Safaris. To get in the spirit check out this Disney Parks Blog introducing you to the pride of lions. In the afternoon, I suggest cooling off while enjoying a Broadway-style production of the Festival of the Lion King. If you are in the mood for an adult libation, join the walk-up list in the My Disney Experience Mobile App for Nomad Lounge. Try the Tiffins Bread Service along with a craft beer or Jenn's Tattoo (a refreshing blend of watermelon and vodka).

    Keeping it Magical,
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