Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jun 29, 2014
    Dawit from TX 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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    Can we get there early if we're not disney resort guest


    Thanks for coming to the Mom's Panel!

    It depends on your definition of "early..."

    Many days, Disney designates a park to open "early" for Magic Hours, usually an hour before regular operating hours. This Extra Magic Hour allows Disney resort guests to get into the park an hour earlier to enjoy the park when there are low crowds. We've taken advantage of this many times, especially for the Magic Kingdom. We have found we can cover almost all of Fantasyland with this extra hour! If this is what you're referring to, then, yes, you'll need to be a Disney resort guest to get in early. Keep in mind though, that your definition of "guest" for this Extra Magic Hour may be broader than you realize. Guests of the Swan and Dolphin hotels, Shades of Green resort and the Hilton on Hotel Plaza Boulevard also receive this as a benefit for staying at those off-property resorts.

    Otherwise, if you are just wanting to "get there early" and arrive to get a good parking space or be nearer the gate for opening, you are welcome to do that, regardless of whether you're staying on property or not.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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