• On Aug 31, 2018
    Andrew from CO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Now I’m worried. I’m having breakfast at Be Our Guest at 8:20. Now I’m finding out the park let’s people without ADRs enter 30-60 minutes before park opening also. So while I’m having breakfast, they’ll get to get in line for Mine Train before me, right?

    Hi Andrew,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Since my family loves doing pre-park opening dining reservations at Be Our Guest Restaurant, I understand your dilemma!

    First, check the park hours to be sure there are not early morning Extra Magic Hours. If the park opens at 9:00 a.m., guests will be able to enter one hour earlier to enjoy the shops on Main Street, U.S.A. in front of Cinderella Castle before the Let the Magic Begin show. On our last visit in August, we had an 8:00 a.m. reservation and were done eating by 8:40 a.m. We were able to get in the standby line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and ride twice before the crowds arrived. 

    I do have one major suggestion. Be sure to take advantage of Order-Ahead dining. Doing so will expedite your time in line at the restaurant. If you order ahead, you can enter the restaurant fairly quickly and then select your table. We prefer to dine in the Grand Ballroom, towards the back, near the picturesque view. Beast's enchanted castle is gorgeous. It truly is one of my favorite places to dine.

    Andrew, I am sending pixie dust your way trusting you will be able to get at least one ride in before the standby line gets too long. We also always make a Fast Pass+ selection for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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