Couple on Big Thunder Mountain
  • On Jul 11, 2023
    Leo from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I see that Magic Kingdom in WDW opened early today. At 8:45am there were wait times for some attractions but others like Big Thunder Mountain and Jungle Cruise said that there was no standby available, why is that?

    Hey there, Leo!

    So glad you stopped by with this question today. It sounds like we might be two peas in a Disney Parks pod, because I also spend time checking the attraction wait times, even when I'm sitting in my kitchen 500+ miles away. While I love seeing what's popular and working on my park touring strategy for my next visit, perusing the My Disney Experience App from home makes me feel just a little closer to the magic.

    I took a quick look at the Park Hours today and see that Magic Kingdom Park is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with Early Entry available at 8:30 a.m. This extra 30 minutes of park time is a fantastic perk for Disney Resorts Collection hotel guests, and one we almost always take advantage of on our visits to Walt Disney World Resort. We're usually up securing Virtual Queues and making Lightning Lane selections at 7 a.m. anyway, so may as well head to the parks and soak up the magic before the big crowds begin to roll in each day.

    Though Early Entry gives eligible guests a jump start on their day, not all attractions are available during this extra 30 min window. You'll have access to many of the attractions in Fantasyland like “it’s a small world,” Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Peter Pan’s Flight, and select attractions in Tomorrowland such as Space Mountain, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, and our family-favorite Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Guests will need to wait until regular park opening to enjoy attractions in other areas of the park. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Jungle Cruise are located in Frontierland and Adventureland, respectively, and are not included in the attractions available during Early Entry.

    Outside of Early Entry, you may also see attractions listed with "Temporarily Closed" or "Standby Line Not Currently Offered" in the event of a temporary closure for maintenance or weather-related delays. As I'm typing, I see a number of outdoor attractions at Magic Kingdom Park listed as unavailable, and sure enough, after a quick check of the weather, I see storms are to blame. You'll also see "Standby Line Not Currently Offered" listed throughout the day for both TRON Lightcycle / Run presented by Enterprise and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT, since both attractions are only available to experience by purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane or joining the Virtual Queue.

    Leo, I hope this clears up any confusion. If I can answer any additional questions please stop back and let me know

    Wishing you magic and memories,
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