• On Jun 13, 2018
    Joan from PA 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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    Staying at GF in late Nov. have castle reservation for 8am. Monorail begins 1 hr before park and boat 45 min. These aren’t early enough. What do you suggest? Need to go early. Park opens 9 that day. Hate to take van since we are at Gf for close to park.

    Hi Joan,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is one of my favorite resorts! 

    Since we typically stay at one of the resorts with access to the resort monorail and we generally have a few pre-park opening dining reservations, we are always concerned about early morning transportation. On our last visit, the resort monorail started running as early as 7:00 a.m. Remember that guests can enter Magic Kingdom one hour prior to park opening to enjoy Main Street, U.S.A. and see the Let the Magic Begin show. So, I think you will be able to use the resort monorail to get to Magic Kingdom for your reservation at Cinderella's Royal Table. When you arrive, just check with a cast member at your resort hotel to get the resort monorail hours of operation for the day of your reservation!

    Joan, another option would be to use the Minnie Van™ Service. For additional information, check out this Disney Parks Blog article, Minnie Van Service Now Open to All Visiting Walt Disney World Resort. On our last visit, when we had a pre-park opening dining reservation at Magic Kingdom at 8:00 a.m., we arrived by 7:30 a.m. After we checked in with a cast member, we waited in a line to the far left at the entrance. They allowed us into the park at 7:45 a.m. On our way to the restaurant, we took a few pictures because the park was nearly empty!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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