Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On May 16, 2009
    Angela from ON 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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    1 last question!So excited! 2wks to go! Are there different ways to get in to the parks. Ex. MK- if you wanted to get there early and go on a popular ride, is there other entrances to access to make it quicker? Or does everyone enter the same entrance?

    There is only one entrance to the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    At the Animal Kingdom there are two entrances: the main entrance and a very small two-turnstile entrance that is through the Rainforest Cafe restaurant.

    Epcot also has two entrances: the main gate and the International Gateway. The International Gateway is accessible from the Epcot resorts area near the Boardwalk and Beach Club hotels. Entering through the Gateway puts you in the World Showcase area between the England and France pavilions.

    From a getting-on-the-rides-faster perspective, there is no real advantage to entering either the Animal Kingdom or Epcot through a satellite entrance. All park entrances open at exactly the same time. The AK Rainforest entrance is only a few steps away from the main entrance. At Epcot, the Gateway is slightly further away from the popular rides in Future World than the main gate is.

    The one tip I have that can give you a slight advantage to getting on a ride more quickly first thing in the morning is to schedule an in-park character dining experience prior to park opening. For example, if you have an 8:05 breakfast at Tusker House in the Animal Kingdom, you can often be finished eating before the park officially opens at 9:00 a.m. Tusker House is quite near the Kilimanjaro Safari ride, so you can walk over there and be near the front of the line for the ride.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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