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  • On Apr 19, 2011
    Marissa from VA 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.

    Hello! My family has a reservation for the Crystal Palace at 8:15 on October 5, and the park opens at 9. How do we go about getting into the park before it officially opens, and if we happen to finish eating before park opening, where are we allowed to go?

    Hi Marissa! Be sure to catch the early "Character Breakfast" complimentary bus from your Disney Resort Hotel. That bus will have you arriving at the Magic Kingdom turnstiles before your dining reservation at The Crystal Palace. Look for the turnstile opened for early Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR). A Cast Member will be checking ADR Confirmation Numbers from guests wishing to access the theme park before official park opening hours. Be sure to bring your ADR Confirmation Number with you.


    One advantage of getting to the theme park super early is that you will have access to a virtually empty Main Street U.S.A. That will give you the opportunity for some amazing pictures of Cinderella's Castle without crowds in the background. Your experience at The Crystal Palace will most likely last until 9:00 PM. However, should you leave the restaurant earlier than than, you can always go back to the park entrance and enjoy Rope Drop, the official daily park opening ceremonies.


    Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance. Have a memorable vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort!
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Meet the Panelist: Ritzy, Rhode Island

People describe my love for Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line as intoxicating and contagious! My family fell in love with the Disney Magic aboard our first Disney cruise with Captain Mickey in 2006. I personally love to spread pixie dust, as I truly enjoy sharing my Disney experience with everyone! Learn More About Ritzy

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