• On May 24, 2018
    Kim from NJ 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.

    We’re staying at AKL and have a couple early reservations in MK at 8:00 (park opens at 9). We’re staying Nov 6-11 (Jersey week) What time do busses start to run? Should we plan for alternative transportation?

    Hi, Kim! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thanks for stopping by with your question. My family loves to have pre-park opening Advance Dining Reservations. This is a magical way to have a delicious breakfast (some of which are with some fantastic Disney Friends!) and still enjoy the first hours of park opening. Magic Kingdom Park does have some scrumptious choices - Crystal Palace is one of my favorite dining locations! I could live off of Pooh's Puffed French Toast!

    On the morning of your early breakfast, head out to the bus stop at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and a bus should be by soon for your ride to Magic Kingdom Park. While the buses do not begin regularly scheduled service until 45 minutes to an hour before park opening, they actually do have early trips through the resorts for guests needing transportation to breakfasts and tours. In my experience, I have hopped aboard the Disney bus transportation as early as 6:45 - 7:00 a.m. When you arrive at Magic Kingdom Park, look for the entrances to the left designated for guests with Advance Dining Reservations. The Cast Member will check your name and confirmation number and give you directions on how to proceed through to park to reach your destination.

    If you are running a bit behind that morning, consider calling for a Minnie Van to Magic Kingdom park. This is the most adorable way to arrive in style for your magical day! The Concierge at your resort can help you set up your Lyft rideshare app to add the Minnie Van Service to your list of options. There is a fee for using this service, but I find it to be worthwhile when it makes my morning commute easy and over-the-top magical!

    Kim, please let us know if you have any other questions as you continue to plan your pixie-dusted adventures!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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