• On Oct 14, 2019
    Jana from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How early can one enter the park for a 7:40am dining reservation? Does anything change regarding process to get in during extra, extra magic hours?

    Hi Jana! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I love early morning reservations in the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks! It is a great way to enjoy a delicious meal without having to give up valuable time exploring the theme parks, and I love being able to take pictures without all the crowds.

    In my experience, we are usually allowed in around 20-30 minutes prior to our dining reservation time. Each theme park has its own procedure with Extra Magic Hours and extra, Extra Magic Hours, but on my last visit to Magic Kingdom Park, there were three separate lines that formed to enter the theme parks: breakfast reservations, Extra Magic Hours, and general admission. Once we were in the theme park, breakfast reservations were directed one way with Extra Magic Hours in the opposite direction and there were checkpoints where breakfast reservations were being verified a second time and MagicBands were being checked for on-site Guests to enter for Extra Magic Hours.

    When you arrive, you should find that there is a line just for Guests with breakfast reservations. They will verify your reservation and then you can enter and head straight to your dining location!

    Enjoy your vacation, Jana! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Tabitha, Tennessee

Hello all! I'm a happily married, proud mom to two young children, and I love to plan trips to Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite things about taking a Disney Parks vacation is that there is always something new and wonderful to discover, no matter if this is your first trip or if you visit multiple times per year. I'm excited to help you plan your next adventure!
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