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  • On Oct 3, 2022
    Amanda from CO 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 question, we are staying off Disney property. We have one reservation for 8:30 am and that when the park opens and one for 9:45 pm and appears the park closes at 9pm. How do I go about getting to my reservations, sorry 1st time going.

    Hi Amanda!

    Congratulations on your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World

    You are smart to make your advanced dining reservations prior to the park opening and after closing time. Having these reservations at the bookends of your day helps give you maximum time in the parks. 

    For your morning reservation, arrive at the park at least 45 minutes prior to your reservation time. This will allow you time to park, get to the front gate, and walk to your reservation. You can tell a Cast Member at the front gate entrance that you have an early morning reservation and they will let you in through a special breakfast reservations queue. 

    During the evening, as long as you are in line for an attraction prior to the park closing time, you can enjoy the ride. For example, if you are visiting Disney's Magic Kingdom and they close at 9:00 pm that evening, as long as you are in line for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin prior to 8:59 pm, you can ride. After your ride, you can head over to the restaurant for your reservation. You can also still enjoy walking around the park after it closes. This is a great way to take in some of the details you may not notice during the hustle and bustle of the day.

    Many of the shops also remain open about an hour past closing time, so you could go shopping while you wait for your reservation. I love to shop at Emporium on Main Street after the park closes!

    I recommend checking in at the podium of the restaurant approximately 15 minutes prior to your reservation time.

    I hope you have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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