Girl at Disneyworld
  • On Mar 6, 2022
    Patrick from CO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Does Magic Kingdom still open main street early so you can walk around a bit and shop before the actual park rides open?

    Hi Patrick! Welcome to planDisney! It’s great to have you stop by with your question!

    Oh boy! There is nothing quite like being on Main Street, U.S.A. first thing in the morning on a beautiful, sunny day staring up at Cinderella Castle! When I am at home envisioning being at Walt Disney World, this is the image that sticks in my head. The music is playing as you are strolling in and smells from the Main Street Confectionary are surrounding you. It truly is the Most Magical Place on Earth!

    Officially, the Magic Kingdom Park does not open the gates until the official park opening time. But to help ease the crowds, they typically will allow you to enter about an hour before opening. You’ll be able to walk down Main Street, U.S.A. and into the hub. This would be a great time to get photos in front of Cinderella Castle and check out the merchandise at the Emporium (if it is open). Once you get to the hub, you will be blocked off from entering any of the lands. They will hold you here until they officially open the park.

    Currently, Guests staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel and other select hotels can enter any of the four theme parks 30 minutes before the official park opening. Specifically at the Magic Kingdom, if you can take advantage of this perk, you’ll get a head start on the rest of the Guests in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Once you enter, head toward the hub and over by the entrance to these lands. There will be Cast Members there that will scan your MagicBand to confirm that you qualify for Early Theme Park Entry

    If you are hanging out in the hub waiting for the park to officially open, make sure to check out the Let the Magic Begin welcome show that begins about five minutes before opening time. It's the perfect way to start your Magic Kingdom day and see Mickey and his friends right at the beginning!

    Patrick, I hope your trip is as magical as I am anticipating it to be! Stop back and find me at planDisney for any additional questions you may have!

    See ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, South Carolina

Hello friends! Greg here from Charleston, SC. I am a Disney-loving husband and dad to two wonderful daughters. Walt Disney World Resort offers everything you want in a vacation and touches all the senses. From the sights to sounds and even the smells, there is something for everyone to enjoy! When our family is not riding "it’s a small world" or going on a Journey Into Imagination With Figment, we are readily planning our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Learn More About Greg

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