• On Jan 10, 2020
    Gayle from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I’m staying at the Contemporary this fall - so excited! I wanted to book an 8am pre-park opening breakfast at Garden Grill. I see that the monorail doesn’t open until 8am. I’ve seen conflicting info - is there a bus from Contemporary to Epcot?

    Hi there, Gayle! I'm glad you stopped by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question! 

    A pre-park opening breakfast or PPO (Disney fans love their acronyms, don't they?) is a smart touring strategy for beating the rope drop dash. Also, you'll have some fantastic opportunities for photos with Spaceship Earth in a nearly empty Park! However, getting to your reservation in time can sometimes present a challenge. The Walt Disney World Monorail System officially operates starting 30 minutes before the earliest park opening, and the bus service from Walt Disney World Resort hotels begins 45 minutes prior. In my experience, theme park transportation starts even earlier than what is shown on the website; I called Guest Services today and was told that the Monorail and buses should start running by 7:30 AM during your trip. I would confirm these times when you check-in at Disney's Contemporary Resort, as schedules frequently change. If you feel anxious about getting to Epcot in time, you can always grab an Uber, Lyft, or Minnie Van around 7:00 AM. Once you arrive at the Park and go through security, there will be a separate line for pre-park opening breakfast reservations, usually on the far left side.

    Garden Grill Restaurant has always been one of my favorite breakfasts on property. Where else can you enjoy scenes from the Living with the Land exhibit (where the buffalo roam) and see Mickey in his farmer overalls? Breakfast is served family-style and is brought out in cast iron skillets, so you don't worry about leaving the table and missing your favorite characters. And, Chip's Sticky Bun Bake is legendary! If you have your heart set on riding Soarin' Around the World before Epcot opens, let your server know when you sit down so they can ensure you're done in time. 

    I hope you have a magical vacation, Gayle! See ya' real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania! I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique. It's incredible how many people you can find who love talking about "The Most Magical Place On Earth!" I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at my monthly Bunco club for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical. Learn More About Eean

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