• On Jan 16, 2022
    Megan from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have reservations for Cinderella’s Royal Table at 8:15am. We are driving to the park. Will we have enough time to park and get to the castle given parking lot open times? Will they let us park early if we have a reservation?

    Hi Megan! Welcome back to planDisney! I'm so glad to see you've returned to send more vacation planning questions our way.

    Wow, your trip is coming up soon! And you scored reservations at Cinderella's Royal Table? It sounds like you're becoming a Walt Disney World Resort expert yourself! A breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table is on my daughter's bucket list, so I hope to follow in your footsteps on our next vacation!

    Magic Kingdom Park currently opens at 9 a.m., but has early-entry hours for Disney Resort Hotel Guests at 8:30 a.m. Parking for Guests usually opens 45-60 minutes before the park opens, which means in your case, you will be able to park at the Ticket and Transportation Center (the designated parking area for Magic Kingdom Park) between 7:30-7:45 a.m. As times are subject to change, be sure to check back the week of your trip to confirm park hours. Walt Disney World Transportation begins also begins when the parking lot opens. You will want to park and hop in the shortest line for the monorail or ferryboat. Former planDisney panelist, Robyn, shares a helpful tip about checking if bus transportation is available to shorten your travel time.

    It is a quick ride by any transportation over to Magic Kingdom Park from the Ticket and Transportation Center, so just have your MagicBands or Admission Cards or MagicMobile Service ready as you arrive to the park. If you happen to arrive to the park entrance before it is open, find a Cast Member and show them your dining reservation and you will usually be able to enter the park about 15 minutes early. If you happen to arrive a tad bit late, it is my experience that you have about a 15 minute grace period to check in to your reservation!

    Megan, you are doing a magnificent job getting all of your plans in order before your arrival. I don't know about you, but the thought of that Caramel Apple French Toast is giving me a little "rumbly in my tumbly"all the way in New Jersey! I hope you have a fantastic breakfast and enjoy your stay at the Most Magical Place on Earth!

    Until next time,
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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