• On Feb 6, 2020
    Jacqueline from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hubby and I have a 9:20 a.m. reservation at Garden Grill in Epcot. Will we be allowed to enter right at 9 or a bit earlier so we can get to the Land in time? Is there a special entrance for those with early dining reservations? Thanks.

    Hello, Jacqueline! 

    Welcome back to Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    An early morning Advanced Dining Reservation is a fabulous way to start your fun-filled day at Epcot, and your breakfast at Garden Grill Restaurant is an excellent choice!

    Many Walt Disney World restaurants begin serving their magical morning meals much earlier than Park Open, so you will have no trouble entering Epcot with plenty of time to get to your destination. Should you arrive before the park is officially open, just look for the Cast Member with a sign directing Guests with early reservations to a particular line for entry. Once your reservation is confirmed, you may enter--even though the park is not yet open.

    Feel free to arrive a little earlier, too, so that you can get some fantastic photos of Epcot prior to the arrival of regular park Guests. Family and friends are sure to think that you had the entire park to yourselves!

    Enjoy exploring The Most Magical Place on Earth, Jacqueline! Be sure to send us more questions as you think of them, too. We love to help!

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