Crystal Palace
  • On Oct 30, 2023
    Diane from MO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I am not staying a resort and do not have early hours, can I gain entry for an early dining reservation?

    Hi Diane, welcome to planDisney!

    Disney dining is my favorite part of planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. My family is in the process of narrowing down our must-eats for our January visit. So far my son wants to bounce with Tigger at The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom Park and my mother-in-law wants some fried chicken from Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' in Disney Springs. My only request is for a Mickey-shaped waffle, which tastes especially good at the Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.  

    Breakfast is the most magical meal of the day at Walt Disney World Resort and I can't think of a better way to start the day than by enjoying a cup of coffee and a Mickey-shaped waffle while immersed in the magic of a theme park. I'm happy as the dwarf to report that all Guests with early morning breakfast reservations can enter the theme park to access their reservation, even if they are not eligible for early theme park entry for Disney Resort hotel Guests. Look for signs designating the entrance for Guests with dining reservations, or ask a Cast Member to point you in the right direction. Whether dining with royalty at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in EPCOT or with Minnie and friends at Hollywood & Vine in Disney's Hollywood Studios, you're in for a delicious meal and a rare glimpse at a near-empty theme park.

    When planning your transit time, Diane, please make sure to allow ample time for parking, walking to the theme park entrance, and walking to the restaurant. Keep in mind that Guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park must park at the Transportation and Ticket Center and take the ferry or monorail to the entrance of the park. Please reply to me directly if you'd like a specific time recommendation based on your reservation time and location.

    I hope this information gives you the confidence to book that breakfast, Diane. Advance reservations for dining open online at 6:00 a.m. 60 days in advance. The magic and Mickey waffles are calling!

    Choose magic,

thumbnail image for Jennifer

Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

Related Video

  • thumbnail image for Holidays at Walt Disney World | planDisney Podcast – Special Episode

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please log in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.