• On Nov 25, 2019
    Natalie 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.

    Hi there, we are heading to WDW for Christmas this year staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach and we have a BOG reservation at 7.05am, what’s the best way to get there very early morning. And what time would we have to arrive at the park? Thanks

    Hi Natalie!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am very excited to see that you are visiting Walt Disney World Resort at Christmas time!  In my opinion there is nowhere more magical to spend the holidays.  I was visiting there a couple of weeks ago, and the decorations were already starting to go up - they are so beautiful!   I am also happy that you have secured a breakfast reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant, at Magic Kingdom Park.  This is one of the most popular dining locations, and once you step inside Beast's Castle you will see why!  For your 7.05am reservation, I would suggest arriving at Magic Kingdom Park around 30-40 minutes earlier than that, to give you enough time to clear the security bag check, and walk to the Castle in Fantasyland.  Head to the entrance with a sign for 'Guests with early dining reservations' where you will scan your MagicBand or park ticket.  Complimentary Disney buses will take you to the theme parks from Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and will start running around 45 minutes before park opening times.  With the exception of 25th December, when Magic Kingdom Park opens at 6.00am, there are Extra Magic Hours offered between 7.00-8.00am for 23rd-28th December - you can check all the opening times here.  This means your buses will be operating from around 6.15am.  If you were able to board the first bus, it is possible that you could have enough time, but at this very busy time of year I probably wouldn't advise it.  

    I would highly recommend using the Disney Minnie Van Service for an efficient and magical start to your day!  Driven by knowledgeable and friendly Disney Cast Members, these vans can be ordered by using the Lyft app on your smartphone, where you can also see the cost of using this service, and make your payment.  These vans can accommodate up to 6 Guests (including 2 child seats if required).  You can also order regular Lyft vehicles by using the same app.  It is worth noting that the Minnie Vans are the only cars permitted to bring Guests to the entrance of Magic Kingdom Park.  All other cars must drop off at the Transportation and Ticket Center where you will transfer to a ferryboat or monorail to take you to the entrance of the park (therefore adding extra travelling time).  

    Please come back and visit us if you have any further questions. We will be happy to help you plan your magical vacation to Walt Disney World Resort.

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Meet the Panelist: Susan, United Kingdom

Hi, I'm Sue from England, and am very proud to be a member of planDisney since 2012.  Walt Disney World is my happy place, and I look forward to answering your questions when you are planning your magical vacation at Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Susan

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