Bus at Bus Stop location at resort
  • On Sep 20, 2019
    Courtney from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be at Hollywood Studios Nov 19, Magic Kingdom Nov 20 & Animal Kingdom Nov 21. Staying at Port Orleans Riverside. How early do I need to arrive at each park to get in line before they open if I have Fast passes scheduled at 9:25 a.m.?

    Hey, Courtney! This is such a great question, so I am glad you stopped by to chat with us! I am so glad you were able to make your FastPass+ selections in advance. There are several attractions that see their FastPass+ availability go faster than you can say, "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!" One key thing I want to make sure you know if that FastPass+ selections can be used during a "window" of time. So, your selection that begins at 9:25 a.m. can actually be used anytime between 9:25 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. I stress to all of my friends that when they have an early morning FastPass+, they should hop on some other attractions as soon as the park opens, while their wait time is short, before enjoying the attraction for which they have a FastPass+ made. For example, I would head right to the popular Fantasyland attractions and Space Mountain when at Magic Kingdom Park and get as much done as possible before using that first FastPass+ at around 10:15 a.m. Then, your FastPass+ will help you get ahead of the long wait at that attraction. There is a lot of fun you can have in that first hour!

    Using that logic, you will want to head to the parks early each day so that you will be ready to go once the park officially opens. While they are currently posted to open at 9:00 a.m., keep an eye on the calendar in the days before your trip to ensure you do not miss a change in the schedule! When planning to be at the park when it opens, I always try to hop on the provided Disney transportation about an hour in advance. Once you check-in at your Disney Resort Hotel, you will find a handy button in your My Disney Experience mobile app that will show you bus arrival times at all stops within Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside. Keep an eye on it to help you figure out when you need to get the family to hustle or if it is okay to stop and take one more picture along the trail to the bus stop.

    I hope this information helps you plan for some magical mornings! Thanks again for stopping by and please let us know if you have any other questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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