• On May 9, 2018
    Danielle from KY 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.

    Me and my family are driving to disney world and want to make the most of our first day so we want to arrive before park opening but i know my room will more than likely not be ready is there anything to do or hang out before park opening adr's.

    Hi Danielle,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I love that you are planning to arrive early!

    First, I recommend that you do online check-in prior to arrival and sign-up to receive notifications via text message. If you do, you can go exploring and will receive a text message when your room is ready. That message will indicate the location of your room.

    If you have time, I suggest that you visit Disney Springs. Early in the morning, I love to stop by Starbucks® and enjoy my favorite beverage. Just check the hours prior to heading over there. Or, you could grab coffee and a snack at your resort, explore the grounds, find the pool and gift shops.

    Danielle, depending on the time of your arrival, you could just drop off your luggage at the bell services desk and then head to the park. Check the park hours for the dates of your visit. When we have pre-park opening advanced dining reservations, we have been able to enter the park a few minutes early. I love walking to the restaurant through an almost empty park. Remember that Magic Kingdom has the Let the Magic Begin show and guests can enter one hour prior to park opening to enjoy the shops on Main Street, U.S.A.

    Happy Planning!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

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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