• On Aug 4, 2017
    London from TN 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.

    We're planning a trip for February 2018. I read that Main Street USA is now opening earlier than the full park. Can you tell me what time it opens, and where the new welcome show will be?

    Hi London!

    The Magic Kingdom Theme Park has made some changes over this past year. One of these is the new opening protocol for the park. As the Disney Parks Blog announced last December the park will change its opening tradition to happen inside the park now instead of outside the gates. We all used to wait for the Disney train to come chugging into the station with the characters on board to meet us with songs and waves. But the park has become much too crowded for that many guests to be in such a small area waiting for the opening so they have chosen a new opening.

    The new Magic Kingdom Welcome Show will take place at the castle stage at opening time. They will allow guests into the park early to enjoy Main Street and perhaps a cup of coffee while they wait. It is far more comfortable then squeezing together as what was done int he past. Guests can make their way down Main Street to reach the castle hub but cannot go any further into the park until opening time.

    Generally the park will open to early guests about 30-45 minutes early. It can depend on crowd numbers for the day so there is not a true set time.
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