• On Feb 5, 2020
    Christine 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.

    If MK opens at 9 am, my understanding is that the gates open around 8 am and you can go as far in as Cinderella castle. So what time does the monorail and ferry start running from the TTC? How about other parks - do gates open at the actual opening time?

    Hi Christine!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. It’s so great to hear from you again. If you are anything like my family, getting an early start is the key to packing in extra magic! We are early risers, so instead of taking is slow in the morning, we opt to get out there as soon as we are up. If we get tired later on, we take a break in the middle of the day.

    Theme Park operating hours vary based on a variety of factors. On certain days there will be Extra Magic Hours exclusively for Walt Disney World Resort Guests. Be sure to check your My Disney Experience mobile app for up to date operating hours. There is nothing “official” that states that Cast Members will let Guests enter Theme Parks before posted operating hours. Therefore, I recommend not counting on early access to any of the Theme Parks.

    Complimentary Resort transportation – including buses, monorails, and boats typically begin operating approximately 45 minutes before to park opening until approximately one hour after park closing. Please note, operating times may vary based on weather and water conditions. Monorails are our favorite mode of transportation; however, these also may operate on modified schedules or routes. It is always best to check with a Cast Member regarding your transportation options and transportation schedules.

    I hope that you have a magical time!

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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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