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  • On May 10, 2019
    Linda from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    hi there. we have reservations at akerhaus for the breakfast at 9:30. if we get to epcot early, can we head to FEA and do the ride before dining, or will they not let us in to the park if we're there earlier than our breakfast reservation?

    Hi Linda!  Thank you for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Princess Storybook dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a great way to start your day at Epcot.  My girls really enjoyed the opportunity to meet several of their favorite Disney Princesses all at the same time.

    On most days, Epcot opens for all Guests at 9:00 am.  On days that offer morning Extra Magic Hours, Disney Resort Hotel Guests may enter at 8:00 am.  I suggest checking the Park Hours calendar to view operating hours on the day of your reservation.  Valid Theme Park admission allows guests to enter any time during regular operating hours, and is required to dine at all Epcot restaurants, including Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

    If your reservation happens to be on a day that offers morning Extra Magic Hours (and you are eligible to participate as a Guest of a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel), you should have plenty of time to enjoy Frozen Ever After prior to breakfast.  However, with a regular 9:00 am open, time will be rather tight.  If you'd like to try to squeeze a ride in, I recommend arriving at the front gate of Epcot no later than 8:15 am to allow time for security screening and to be among the very first guests waiting to enter.  Whether or not this plan will work will depend on how quickly you can make your way to Frozen Ever After when the park opens, and how many other Guests may have arrived there ahead of you.  This is a very popular attraction and the standby line can build rather quickly.  I would definitely recommend making a FastPass+ reservation for this attraction, and perhaps consider visiting Frozen Ever After after you have enjoyed breakfast so your morning is not so rushed.  I would hate to see you miss your dining reservation!

    I hope that helps!  Please visit the Moms Panel again if you have any additional questions.

    Enjoy your stay!

    Anne Marie 
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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