• On Feb 11, 2020
    Jewell from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I have reservations at Chef Mickeys at 7:55 and lan to visit Magic Kingdom the same day. Where is the best place to park, and does the monorail run that early?

    Hi there, Jewell! 

    Chef Mickey's is a must for us each time we visit the Walt Disney World Resort. Because it is in such close proximity to the Magic Kingdom it is the perfect spot to kick off your magical Magic Kingdom day!

    Jewell, you will have two options for parking. If you are pressed for time getting to your reservation, you can simply park at Disney's Contemporary Resort for breakfast. Since you can't park there for the entire day, you would then drive to the nearby Ticket and Transportation Center, where you would park while you play the day away. 

    If you want to get into the Magic Kingdom a little more quickly after breakfast, I would recommend that you park at the Ticket and Transportation center before your breakfast reservation. Once you are parked, you can hop on the Monorail to Disney's Contemporary Resort. 

    While officially the Monorail isn't guaranteed to run until 30 minutes before park opening, in practice, the Magic Kingdom Monorail generally opens around 7:00 am to accommodate guests with early breakfast reservations. The exact monorail hours will be published in the Times Guide, available in each park and Guest Services location. Be sure to check the Times Guide once you arrive to make sure that the Monorail will be operational in time for your reservation. 

    On the return route, I would recommend that you take the small walking path from the Contemporary to the Magic Kingdom. This will often be a little faster than the Monorail and is only a 10-minute walk. 

    I hope that this helped, Jewell. Please come back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel if we can help as you plan your magical getaway. 

    Sarah B. 
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Georgia

Hi There! I’m Sarah from Atlanta, GA. Together, my Disney-loving husband and I have two amazing kids and love nothing more than running away to the Walt Disney World Resort every chance that we get. When we are not wandering around the resorts, we love to indulge our sweet tooth with all the snacks we can find. I am passionate about making sure the magic reaches kids of all ages, from the smallest to the biggest, because we are all kids at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Sarah

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