• On Mar 26, 2024
    Rachel from PA 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,we are staying at non Disney hotels and plan to go to the parks the week I chose below. How early can I get into parking? How early can I get let into the entrance of Magic Kingdom itself? When does the monorail start running in the mornings?

    Hello Rachel, welcome to planDisney!

    Although I thoroughly enjoy staying in a Disney Resorts Collection hotel on my vacations to the Walt Disney World Resort, I sometimes use the points I have accumulated through the various hotel rewards programs from my normal 9 to 5, so I get where you’re coming from!

    The parking lots to the Theme Parks will open approximately 45 minutes to one hour before the Early Entry hours, which can be found during the week of your visit when searching for your vacation dates on the Walt Disney World Resort Hours & Events Calendar. The complimentary resort transportation, which includes the monorail from the Transportation and Ticket Center parking lot to the front entrance of the Magic Kingdom, also begins operating approximately 45 minutes to one hour before the park opening. 

    For example, if the Early Entry hours for Guests staying in a Disney Resorts Collection hotel are 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM, you could expect the Transportation and Ticket Center parking lot to open no later than 7:45 AM (but hopefully 7:30 AM). At the same time, Guests could ride the highway in the sky or the ferryboat to the Magic Kingdom. Once there, you would get in line to enter the park when the Cast Members let non-Disney resort guests in.

    Since you are planning a visit to the Magic Kingdom, I feel obligated to share one of my favorite morning snacks. Head to Sleepy Hallow by the Cinderella Castle and try the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich. It’s a delicious waffle with fresh fruit, and a chocolate hazelnut spread that dreams are made of.

    I hope this answers your question, Rachel. Please come back to planDisney with any additional Disney vacation questions!

    See you real soon!
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