• On Jul 11, 2019
    Julie from ID Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How soon should you be at the gate to get in for an 8.m. dining reservation?

    Hi there, Julie! A pre-park opening breakfast is one of my favorite touring strategies. It allows Guests the opportunity to eat before the Park opens and if you're lucky, you might be able to position yourself to beat the rope drop dash! During our trip last summer, I was able to snag a coveted 8:00 AM reservation at Tusker House Restaurant, which enabled us to get a jump start on our day at Pandora – The World of Avatar

    Although Walt Disney World officially says bus service from the Resort hotels begins 45 minutes prior to park opening, in my recent experience, the buses to Magic Kingdom Park start picking up Guests around 6:30 AM and buses for the other Parks are usually running by 7:00 AM. I like to use the My Disney Experience mobile app for estimates for when the theme park buses will arrive at my Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Guests with an early breakfast reservation are usually allowed entry into the Parks by 7:45 AM, so I'd aim to get there a little bit before 7:30 AM, since the security area typically opens around this time. At all four theme parks, there will be a special line for people with early breakfast reservations to enter the turnstiles. Try to resist the urge to rush, as this is always an excellent opportunity to strike an Instagram worthy pose in a nearly empty Park. 

    Enjoy your Disney breakfast of champions, Julie!

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania! I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique. It's incredible how many people you can find who love talking about "The Most Magical Place On Earth!" I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at my monthly Bunco club for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical. Learn More About Eean

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