• On Jan 20, 2018
    Amy from ON 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.

    can we enter the park at 8am on days when it says it opens at 9am? i have read you can enter just to main street till the rope cutting at 9am.. Also what time does the ferry and monorail start running in the morning?

    Hi Amy,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It sounds like you are planning to get an early start to the day. Love your planning!

    At Magic Kingdom, guests can enter the park one hour before park opening to enjoy the shops on Main Street, U.S.A. before the Let the Magic Begin show. So, yes, if the park opens at 9:00 a.m., you will be able to enter at 8:00 a.m. Remember this if you want to make a pre-park opening breakfast reservation. You would need to make that reservation at 8:00 a.m. to enter the park before other guests. Last time we had a pre-park opening breakfast reservation at Be Our Guest restaurant for 8:00 a.m. and they let us in the park by 7:45 a.m. 

    The Resort Monorail starts operating 30 minutes before the earliest park opening. Last summer, when we stayed at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Hotel, the resort monorail was generally running by 7:30 a.m. but the monorail to Epcot did not start running until 9:00 a.m. on the day we were trying to get to an early breakfast reservation at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot. Walt Disney World Water Transportation Service times can vary depending on weather and water conditions. 

    Amy, if you have not done so already, download the My Disney Experience Mobile App. The app has a nice "Get Directions" feature that will let you find the transit options and estimated transit time between locations.

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs.

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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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