Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jun 10, 2008
    Jennifer from NC 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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    We have dining reservations for Donald's Safari Breakfast at 8:10 on a day that the park doesn't open until 9. How early should we arrive and how hard will it be to get through since the park is not officially open?

    All four theme parks have character breakfast seatings before the park opens. If you have a reservation for one of those seatings, it is very easy to get into the park for your meal. In fact it may be even easier to enter the park then than it would later in the day when the crowds are much thicker.

    There will be a special park entrance turnstile open for guests with early breakfast reservations. It varies from park to park, but the special entrance line is most often on one of the far ends of the row of turnstiles. There will be sign posted that says something like "Character Breakfast Entrance." If you don't see it right away, just ask any cast member. As you get to the breakfast entrance line, there will be a person with a clipboard checking to make sure that guests entering here do have reservations. Just give them your name and they will check you off the list. It is a good idea to also have your confirmation number with you in case there are any problems.

    Most table service meals at WDW ask you to arrive at the restaurant podium 10-15 minutes before your stated reservation time, the Tusker House Safari breakfast at the Animal Kingdom is no exception. It takes most people about 10-15 minutes to walk from the park entrance to Tusker House. Considering those two factors, that means that you should be entering the Animal Kingdom by about 7:40. If you're parking a car or will need extra time for other reasons, you may want to arrive even a few minutes earlier than that.

    Have a great meal and give Donald a hug from me!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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