Infant and toddler with Chef Mickey
  • On Apr 16, 2023
    Sarah from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have a 7:30 reservation at Chef Mickeys on a Saturday at the Imperial? What time does parking open at Magic Kingdom? Will I be able to park at Magic Kingdom and take the monorail to the Imperial?

    Hey there Sarah, and welcome to planDisney. I am so excited to help out a fellow Georgian plan the most magical Disney vacation ever. Let's dig in because that is surely what you will be doing at Chef Mickey's. My mouth is watering just thinking about those Mickey Waffles. Yum yum yum!

    Typically, the Transportation and Ticket Center, which is the parking lot for Magic Kingdom Park, opens about 120 minutes before the theme park opens. So if Magic Kingdom Park is scheduled to open at 9:00 a.m. then the parking lot will open around 7:00 a.m. However, this could change before you arrive, and the lot is not open until 7:30 or 8:00.

    The issue is not the parking; it is how you will get to Disney's Contemporary Resort after you park. The Walt Disney World Monorail Transportation begins about 30 minutes before and the ferryboats start sailing about 30-45 minutes before Magic Kingdom Park opens. That means it is closer to 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Since parking is complimentary for Guests dining at Disney Resort Collection hotels for up to three hours, it would be best for you to park at Disney's Contemporary Resort, enjoy your delicious meal, then leave to park at Magic Kingdom Park when theme park transportation is running.

    planDisney Pro Tip: Chef Mickey's is located on the 4th floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort on the Grand Canyon Concourse. Disney Legend Mary Blair's mural rises 90 feet like the walls of the western United States Grand Canyon. There is a neat oddity; try to find the famous 5-legged blue goat.

    Sarah, I hope your escape from the Peach State is truly enchanted. Please write me back directly with any follow-up questions.

    Enjoy making many Magical Memories.

    ~Jason
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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