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  • On Jun 19, 2023
    Kristina from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi my family and I have a breakfast reservation for The Tusker House in Animal Kingdom at 8:30AM. I know early entry is at 8:30 that day but then we will be late to our reservation. Is there a way we can get in earlier to make it to our reservation on time

    Jambo, Kristina! 

    Welcome to planDisney, and thanks for stopping by with your question for us. 

    There’s something so special about starting a day off at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. We love enjoying the serene music playing in the background as we look for different animals on The Tree of Life. It is absolutely magnificent and always leaves us feeling in awe.

    Kristina, you’ve asked a great question! Although times are subject to change, I’m glad you’ve been keeping up with operating hours for the theme park. I have great news for you! Even with Early Theme Park Entry for Disney Resort hotel Guests being at 8:30 AM, since you have an early breakfast reservation, you and your party will be able to enter the theme park. 

    I recommend arriving at the park before your reservation, as you’ll want to be at the restaurant by 8:30 AM. Once you’re through the turnstiles, you will see Cast Members helping to guide Guests. There will be a Cast Member assisting Guests with Early Theme Park Entry and another Cast Member helping Guests with early morning dining reservations. Once your reservation has been verified, you can head to Tusker House Restaurant with your party! Yippie!

    You’re going to love dining at Tusker House Restaurant! This Harambe marketplace eatery offers a flavorful buffet full of delectable delights! And it’s a fantastic way to meet some of our favorite pals geared up for a safari adventure! Thinking about this sweet meal has me smiling ear to ear for you! You’re going to have such a magical time!

    If you’re a fan of magical characters, recently, Moana started to greet Guests at Character Landing! My little Mouseketeer was so smitten with her; it was one of my favorite meet-and-greets; however, I will say you’ll want to get in line before her meeting times as the waits tend to get long. If you’re ever looking for characters meeting around the theme parks, check out the My Disney Experience Mobile App. Simply open it up and select the map pin located at the bottom of the screen. This will take you to a map, and on top of the screen, you’ll want to select Wait Times, and then from the drop-down menu, please select Characters. From here, you'll be able to see when and where the characters are meeting at the park.

    Wishing you all an enchanting visit, Kristina!
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