Pluto Topiary at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  • On May 2, 2024
    Connie from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family and I will be staying at Pop Century in July and want to book a character Breakfast at Garden Grill at 9a.m. What time is the best time to arrive to Epcot to make it on time for our reservation? Or should we do an earlier time?

    Hi there, Connie!

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney today with a question about one of my favorite Walt Disney World Resort topics - character dining experiences! There's nothing quite like enjoying a delicious meal as your favorite Disney characters stop by for a hug, laugh, or quick dance party. 

    Although you can't go wrong with any of Walt Disney World Resort's Character Dining Experiences, Garden Grill Restaurant is my personal favorite. With its rotating backdrop, greenhouse-fresh produce from Living with the Land, and beloved cast of classic characters (did someone say Farmer Mickey in overalls?), you're sure to have an unforgettable meal. During a recent dinner here with some planDisney pals, Dale showed off some memorable dance moves, and he managed to stop by our table more than once. Although this isn't a guarantee, it's definitely a potential perk of Garden Grill's smaller capacity!

    If you're hoping to dine at 9 AM, which is currently the scheduled time of theme park opening for the week of your arrival, I would suggest taking advantage of your access to Early Theme Park Entry as a Disney Resort hotel Guest. This would allow you to enter the park at 8:30 and avoid the rush of non-Disney Resort hotel Guests entering the park at 9. Additionally, as a Guest of Disney's Pop Century Resort, you'll be able to swing into EPCOT aboard the Disney Skyliner direct from your hotel. This will drop you off at the International Gateway entrance of EPCOT, where you'll want to turn left and head through the United Kingdom to make your way to The Land Pavilion. 

    Please keep in mind that the Disney Skyliner stations at Resort hotels often have a bit of a wait first thing in the morning, so I would suggest factoring that into your travel time. Typically, this line moves quickly and efficiently (it's almost like magic), so don't let that deter you from channeling your inner Tarzan and swinging to your next Walt Disney World Resort destination. 

    I hope this was helpful, Connie. If you have any additional questions as you plan, feel free to stop back by. I'm always happy to help!

    Thinking Happy Thoughts,
    Lizzie
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Meet the Panelist: Lizzie, Georgia

Hi y'all! I'm Lizzie, a happily married teacher, coach, and proud dog mom of three from Georgia. While I loved the magic of Disney as a child, it wasn't until my twenties that pixie dust became a defining characteristic of my personality (and my wardrobe). I can't wait to answer your Walt Disney World Resort vacation questions so that you can embrace your inner 'hakuna matata' as you stroll through The Most Magical Place on Earth with your favorite Mickey-shaped snack in hand.  Learn More About Lizzie

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