Family at EPCOT Festival of the Holidays; father holding son; mother eating a cookie wearing Santa hat
  • On Nov 28, 2023
    Corri from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have a reservation at Garden Grill Christmas morning at 9:40 am. I am worried about making it into the park in time for the reservation. What time would you suggest we get in line for entry, and is there a specific entrance that would be closest.

    Hey there, hi there, Corri! You're as welcome as can be here at planDisney!

    I cannot imagine a more wonderful way to spend Christmas morning than a pixie-dusted adventure at The Most Magical Place on Earth. With the beautiful holiday decorations and the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays in full swing, there just seems to be extra magic in the air at EPCOT. And since you plan on enjoying a delicious breakfast with Mickey and his pals at Garden Grill Restaurant, your Christmas day planning is off to the best start. Now, let's chat about getting you there on time!

    As of now, EPCOT is set to open at 9:00 a.m. on Christmas Day, and if you're staying at one of the Disney Resorts Collection hotels, you can take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry for Disney Resort Hotels Guests and enter the park at 8:30 a.m. I love to "rope drop" the theme parks, which means arriving before the park opens, and since Christmas Day is sure to be a popular day to visit, I recommend arriving at the park 45 minutes to an hour before you can enter. This will give you plenty of time to tap into the turnstiles, take some magical holiday photos and make it to your breakfast reservation on time. Hakuna Matata! It means "no worries."

    Garden Grill Restaurant is close to the Main Entrance of EPCOT, so I recommend entering through that entrance. Once you enter the park, keep right to the Land Pavilion in World Nature. You will find the oh-so-delicious and oh-so-fun, rotating restaurant on the second floor. Enjoy!

    I hope this was helpful, Corri, and I hope you have the happiest holidays and the most magical visit! Please feel free to stop by any time with any questions you may have along the way. You've got a friend in me!

    Stay merry and bright,


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