Crystal Palace
  • On Jan 7, 2023
    Jessica from IL 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 an 8:15am reservation on 2/22 at The Crystal Palace for breakfast. We are not staying at a Disney resort. When and how do we enter the park to make that reservation?

    Welcome Jessica!  

    Thanks for bringing your question to planDisney; you’re smart to think through the logistics of getting to your special breakfast reservation on time. I just experienced this a few weeks ago and am excited to share the details with you to ease your mind.

    Early Theme Park Entry is advertised for guests of Disney Resort Collection hotels to enjoy access to the theme parks 30 minutes before park opening time. However, ALL Guests are allowed through the front entrance of the parks approximately one hour before park opening time, and then Disney Resort Guests have a second checkpoint to confirm their resort reservation and are allowed entry deeper into the park to enjoy some attractions by the Early Entry time posted.

    This means that you may enter the front gate of Magic Kingdom Park when it opens to all Guests, approximately 8:00am that morning. You can stroll down Main Street, U.S.A. and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of anticipation for another great theme park day. There are Cast Members holding signs at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. to provide directions for different Guest experiences that morning. You can head to The Crystal Palace where you then check in on your My Disney Experience app to confirm your arrival, party size, and any special requests.

    When I was in line to enter Magic Kingdom Park in December, a family behind me was so worried that they would miss their breakfast reservation due to this early time and the park not being open yet. I was able to reassure them in person, and I hope my experience helps manage expectations for your exciting trip ahead too.

    Breakfast at the Crystal Palace was on my son’s “must-do” list for our recent trip. He is nearly 12 but says you're never too old for Winnie the Pooh, and I agree! Celebrating Friendship Day with our pals from the Hundred Acre Wood with a scrumptious breakfast buffet sounds like the perfect way to start your day in Magic Kingdom Park.  

    Please stop by with any other questions as you finalize your vacation details.

    TTFN (ta ta for now),
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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