Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On May 8, 2012
    Donna from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We have a reservation for CRT at 9:25. The park opens at 9 AM that day. Will we be able to get in early, or will we have to enter when the park opens? With the suggested arrive 15 min early, that only leaves 10 min to get through the lines at opening.

    Hi, Donna!

    If you want to try to get into the park early, head to the turnstiles to the very left of the main gate.  There, you will be asked for your dining confirmation number.  I'm not sure how much earlier you will want to get into the park, as 9am is the actual "rope drop" (you might enjoy the show up on the train station just prior to 9am!) but before this time, guests can get through the security bag check and even get through the turnstiles, everyone is just waiting for that magical moment for the rope to drop and then its off to the fun!  Literally you can be in the park strolling Main Street at 9:00 on the button!  Crowds will be quite heavy at first, but once you get past the hub of Main Street, everyone heads off into different directions.  You really will have plenty of time to enjoy the opening show (still brings me "magical" tears everytime I see the train pull into the station with all the Disney characters!) and make it to your breakfast at Cinderella Caste. 

    My plan would be at the Magic Kingdom by 8:30, get through security and the main turnstiles, get a good spot for watching the festivities up at the train station, then go directly to your breakfast.  You will be there in plenty of time!  Have a wonderful time dining like royalty. 

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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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