• On Nov 11, 2021
    Debbie from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the earliest they will let you enter the park for an 8:30 CRT reservation?

    Hi Debbie,

    We are delighted to see you stopping by planDisney with a great question!

    Let's first celebrate - you have an advanced dining reservation at Cinderella's Royal Table! The time you are allowed to enter the park will depend on park hours for the date of your visit. My family is scheduled to visit in December. On the days we are headed to Magic Kingdom, the park opens at 9:00 a.m. Guests of Disney Resorts Collection hotels and other select hotels can enter 30 minutes prior to park opening.

    If the park opens at 9:00 a.m. and you have an 8:30 a.m. breakfast reservation, I suggest arriving 30 minutes early. When we have arrived at Magic Kingdom with early morning dining reservations, we have typically been allowed in about 15 minutes prior to our reservation time. I will say that the times have been slightly different on various days, so we always arrive 30 minutes early. We have always been able to enter with enough time to get to our reservation on time. When you arrive to the park entrance, let a Cast Member know that you have an early breakfast reservation. Keep an eye on the operational updates prior to your visit since policies and procedures could change.

    Debbie, get your camera ready! We love taking a few photos on our way to Cinderella Castle. On our most recent visits, we have been able to check-in at Cinderella's Royal Table about 10 minutes early. Check with the Cast Members when you arrive to verify the check-in time. In the meantime, if you have any royalty with you, make sure they have royal attire for the occasion. On our girls' first few visits, they loved wearing Cinderella and Tiana princess dresses with Jedi princess attire stored in a locker for post-meal adventures!

    Magic and memories,

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