Crystal Palace
  • On Mar 17, 2024
    Megan from Warwickshire Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I have an 8am reservation for Crystal Palace and early park entry, do I need to queue in a different line at park entry?

    Hello there, Megan!

    Welcome to planDisney and thanks for stopping by with a wonderful Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning question. We're delighted you've stopped by our Thotful Spot with your question, and I'm thrilled to hear you're planning to dine at one of my favorite restaurants at Magic Kingdom Park - The Crystal Palace. (My son and I have been craving the Churro Mickey Waffles ever since our visit a few weeks ago!) I'm here to help you prepare for your breakfast reservation with the silly old bear himself!

    Oh bother... it seems as though your breakfast reservation falls before Magic Kingdom Park opens for the day. Not to worry, Megan. On the contrary, actually! This is excellent news because it not only means you'll be among the first Guests to belly up to the bountiful buffet, but you'll be able to stroll down a mostly empty Main Street, U.S.A. Megan, even though your breakfast reservation begins before the early theme park entry window opens, rest assured that you'll be able to make it to The Crystal Palace on time for your booking. My son and I were in the same situation just a few weeks ago and I'm happy to share my experience. You'll enter through the main entrance of Magic Kingdom Park when the turnstiles open (for us, it was approximately 45 minutes before the early entry period began). Then, you'll make your way directly to The Crystal Palace. Since the restaurant is right at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. (and not in the area of the park designated for early entry only) you won't need to confirm your Disney Resort hotel Guest status before proceeding to the dining location.

    Megan, when we dined at The Crystal Palace for an early morning breakfast reservation recently, we found that we were able to visit with the Hundred-Acre Wood pals multiple times throughout our meal. This is one of the advantages of being one of the first dining parties seated at a restaurant in the morning! Be sure to have your autograph books and cameras ready to capture some special memories with Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger. Oh - and as I mentioned earlier... don't miss the delicious, warm Churro Mickey Waffles!

    I hope you've found this information helpful, Megan, and I wish you a marvelous meal with those cuddly, classic Disney Characters! If you have any additional questions about your upcoming holiday, please feel free to revisit us here at planDisney. We're here to help you make the most of your time at The Most Magical Place on Earth!

    Warm wishes,

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Michigan

Hello friends! I'm Lauren M. from the Mitten State. I'm a mom, scientist, runDisney enthusiast, Disney Vacation Club Member, and self-proclaimed connoisseur of Disney snacks! For my family, it's a mix of both new and nostalgic that keeps us returning to the Walt Disney World Resort year after year. Throughout my life, I've been fortunate enough to experience many milestones and unforgettable moments at Disney Destinations and I can't wait to help you make magical vacation memories of your own! Learn More About Lauren

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