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  • On Oct 29, 2014
    Vern from OH 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.

    Is there a place on the Disney website that lists the hours for the parking lots, buses, boats and monorails? We are staying at FW and have an 8:25 am ADR for CRT when the MK opens at 9 am. I’m trying to determine the best option for arriving early.


    Disney doesn't list its hours, however, their policy is that buses typically begin running an hour before a park's opening. The monorail also follows this same policy, however, monorail service between the Magic Kingdom resorts usually begins at 7 a.m. The boats serving Fort Wilderness follow different guidelines. The posted sign at the marina states that the boat for the Magic Kingdom departs a half-hour before park opening, yet, I have seen it leave earlier. However, you have another option.

    Plan on taking the boat at the fort's marina that is headed to Wilderness Lodge and the Contemporary Hotel. Typically, these smaller water shuttles begin running as early as 6:45 a.m. Once you've arrived at the Contemporary, walk through its lobby and either take the escalators up to the resort monorail that should be running and on to the Magic Kingdom or continue walking out its front doors down the sidewalk to your right and cross the street and make the 10-minute walk over to the Magic Kingdom.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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