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  • On Oct 28, 2023
    Georgia from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, On December 27th, 2023, we made a reservation at Crystal Palace for 8:10 am. Does this give us early access to the park? If so, what time can we arrive?

    Hi Georgia, welcome to planDisney!

    How exciting that you will be able to start your day at The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom Park.  It's always fun to visit with Winnie the Pooh and Friends and the food is delicious!  Although subject to change, Early Theme Park Entry for Disney Resort Hotel Guests is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on December 27, 2023.  However, Cast Members tend to let Guests into the park before then so they can get ready for Early Entry.  

    My recommendation would be to arrive at Magic Kingdom Park by 7:30 a.m. as the parks will be especially crowded this week.  Once you arrive, look for Cast Members carrying tall signs indicating the entrance for Guests with early morning dining reservations, usually at the turnstiles on the left side.  There are plenty of Cast Members available that can help you find the correct entrance if you have any difficulty.  Once you are in that line, you will be one of the first to enter the park so you can get to your breakfast reservation on time.  Please check the Hours & Events Calendar the day before your reservation to confirm hours and adjust your arrival time for any changes that may occur.  

    You are going to love the feeling of strolling down Main Street, U.S.A. as you head to The Crystal Palace.  It's also a great time to take a picture in front of Cinderella Castle without too many people in the background.

    Have a magical holiday vacation, Georgia!
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Hello! I’m Diane from Connecticut. I am a retired project manager and I'm married with three grown children.  My family enjoys traveling to Walt Disney World and believe Disney vacations are like snowflakes in the Northeast, no two are the same! Learn More About Diane

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