• On Oct 1, 2019
    Rebecca 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 have a PPO breakfast reservation at Garden Grill at 8:20. I know the buses usually run 45 min prior to park opening, so will I definitely need to get a Minnie van to get to Epcot by about 8:00 or will the buses run that early in the morning? Thanks!

    Hi Rebecca!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I really enjoy breakfast reservations in the Walt Disney World theme parks, and as you will be some of the first guests to enter the park, be sure to enjoy the opportunity of taking some photos of your party without anyone inadvertently walking into the background of your pictures. I would recommend you arrive at Epcot no later than 30-45 minutes prior to your dining reservation. After a security check make your way to scan your MagicBand or park ticket at the entrance with a sign for "Guests with early dining reservations". There is something very special about any of the theme parks as they are waking up for the day! Disney buses begin operating around 45 minutes before park opening times. If your breakfast reservation is taking place on a day offering Extra Magic Hours at the theme park, where the park will open an hour early exclusively for Disney Resort hotel guests, this will be around 7.15am. I have checked the calendar for the week of your visit, and Extra Magic Hours are offered at Epcot between 8.00-9.00am on 14th and 21st November, so if these dates coincide with your breakfast reservation and you are able to board the first bus, you might have enough time, but it could be tight. On all other days, the buses will start running around 8.15am.  It might be more comfortable for you to use the Minnie Van Service, and this would give you a magical start to your day! You can order them via the Lyft app, where you will also see the cost of this service. Alternatively you could ask the Front Desk of your hotel to call you a taxi, but please allow extra time for this because there may not be a taxi readily available at the hotel.

    Enjoy your breakfast at Garden Grill Restaurant, and your early entry into Epcot - make the most of those uninterrupted photo opportunities!

    Please come back and visit us if you have any further questions. We will be happy to help you plan your magical vacation to Walt Disney World.

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Meet the Panelist: Susan, United Kingdom

Hi, I'm Sue from England, and am very proud to be a member of planDisney since 2012.  Walt Disney World is my happy place, and I look forward to answering your questions when you are planning your magical vacation at Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Susan

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