Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jun 20, 2011
    Deborah from MI 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.

    We love to be at the parks when they open. Since we've never stayed off property before, what can we expect in terms of waiting in line for parking? Thanks!!

    Hi Deborah!

    You definitely won't have any problems at the Magic Kingdom.  If you get there early enough, you'll actually be able to park within walking distance of the Transportation and Ticket Center.  I've been there as early as 90 minutes before park opening.  Based on my experiences, you also won't have any problems at Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios, though I've only been there as early as 45 minutes before park opening at those parks.

    Disney's Animal Kingdom, however, is another story.  I've been stuck outside the parking toll plaza waiting to enter the parking lot several times.  For whatever reason, Disney generally seems to open that parking lot about 15 minutes before park opening.  Other guests, arriving by Disney buses, will already be in the ticket area. 

    Enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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