Girl at Disneyworld
  • On Mar 21, 2024
    Keri from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How early are guests usually allowed to enter the parks? Enter the gates?

    Hi Keri, and welcome to planDisney! It's an honor to receive your first question. Planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort is an exciting adventure, and I'm totally with you for not wanting to waste a minute. Let's get right into it!

    Typically, you'll be able to enter the Theme Parks up to an hour before the official opening time. Of course, this can vary depending on the day's events, like Early Theme Park Entry for Disney Resort Hotel Guests. Once inside, you can explore Main Street, U.S.A. and the area in front of Cinderella Castle before the Let The Magic Begin welcome show. And if you've got a dining reservation, you can enter the park up to 15 minutes before the first seating time, usually around 8AM. 

    So let's say you're planning to visit Magic Kingdom, and it's set to open at 9AM. You can start making your way in at around 8AM, but you won't be able to ride any attractions or leave Main Street, U.S.A. just yet. If you're hoping to snap some photos in an empty park, keep in mind that plenty of other Guests will be there early, too. However, if you make a dining reservation, you can strategically enter the park earlier and beat the crowds. It might be worth snagging the first available time on the day of your visit.

    Otherwise, you can always stop by Main Street Bakery, grab a cup of Starbucks coffee (or two, in my case!), and indulge in some Mickey-shaped Cinnamon Roll or Tiana's Chantilly Cake to start your day right.

    I hope that helps, Keri! We're so excited for you to experience The Most Magical Place on Earth, and we're here to answer any other questions you might have. Don't hesitate to reach out - we're always happy to help a friend like you!

    Cheers
    Nilson
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Meet the Panelist: Nilson, Ontario

Hello from Canada's capital, Ottawa! I'm a devoted husband and a proud father of two energetic boys originally hailing from vibrant Sao Paulo, Brazil. When I'm not working as a marketing director or training to get my pilot's license, I'm deep in plans for our next magical escapade to the Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Nilson

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