Bambi Topiary at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  • On Jan 3, 2022
    Chelsea from PA Asked

    We have hope to get 8am breakfast a Chef Mickey the morning of our EPCOT 10 am park day. Where would it be best to park? Can we utilize the monorail?

    Hi, Chelsea.

    Welcome to planDisney. With only two months to go, your trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth will be here before you know it. Soon you'll be flying high with Dumbo, blasting off to Mars and battling Evil Emperor Zurg with Buzz Lightyear. I'm excited for you to experience all the fun of The Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration.

    Your arrival date also happens to be at the very beginning of the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, which means you'll be among some of the first Guests to experience the wonders of this Festival. I love to stroll through the beautiful gardens, explore the exhibits, hunt for topiaries of my favorite Disney characters and dine on the tasty dishes at one of the many Festival-exclusive Outdoor Kitchens throughout the park. You are truly in for a world of fun!

    Chef Mickey's is the perfect Walt Disney World Resort Character Dining meal to kick off your magical day. You'll feast on a smorgasbord of all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast foods while the Disney Monorail zooms by above. While the Character Dining experience is modified at this time, you can still expect to see Mickey and some of his pals dressed in their finest chef's gear while you dine.

    Theme park parking lots typically open one hour prior to park opening. Since EPCOT opens at 10:00 a.m. on the day of your breakfast at Chef Mickey's, you won't be able to park at EPCOT before your meal. Luckily, complimentary self-parking is available at select Disney Resorts Collection hotels for Day Guests with dining reservations such as yourself.

    I suggest parking at Disney's Contemporary Resort, where Chef Mickey's is located, then driving over to the EPCOT parking lot when you're finished with your meal. Alternatively, you can leave your car parked in the parking lot at Disney's Contemporary Resort and utilize the Walt Disney World Monorail System to get to EPCOT for the day. You'll then have to navigate back to the parking lot at Disney's Contemporary Resort via the Disney Monorail at the end of the night to pick up your car. Keep in mind if you choose the option involving the Disney Monorail system, you will have to take the Resort Monorail line to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) before transferring to the EPCOT Monorail line, so it might take you longer to reach your destination.      

    I hope this helps, Chelsea. Please stop by planDisney again in the future with any further questions that arise. Have a magical trip!

    Blessings,
    Alyssa
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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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