Cinderella Royal Table
  • On Jun 4, 2024
    April from MO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am staying off resort and have a 8am reservation at Cinderella's castle, what time does the parking lot open and do you have any guidance on how to make this reservation?

    Hey Howdy Hey April and welcome to planDisney!

    Thank you for stopping by with your question about making it to your reservation. If you're heading to Magic Kingdom to start your day dining with royalty at Cinderella's Royal Table, you are not going to want to miss this experience! This is such a great way to get your day started, but let's talk about getting to your reservation on time. 

    When parking at the Walt Disney World Resort for your day in the parks, the parking lots typically open 60 minutes before the parks open. This applies to Early Theme Park Entry as well. So if Early Theme Park Entry opens to resort Guests starting at 8:30 AM, you should have access to the parking lot at least 60 minutes beforehand at 7:30 AM. The next phase to keep in mind is transportation from the parking lot to Magic Kingdom. 

    Depending on where you park, you will have the option to take the launch boats or Walt Disney World Monorail to the Magic Kingdom. Resort Transportation typically begins operations 45 minutes before the parks open. So in the scenario above, they should start running no later than 7:45 AM.  My personal preference would be heading to the Transportation and Ticket Center after parking and taking the express monorail directly to Magic Kingdom.  When entering the lot, you can also ask a Cast Member for specifics and they may be able to guide you to an area closest to your transportation option. 

    One helpful tip I will share with you involves your My Disney Experience app when you park your vehicle. With your My Disney Experience app, you have an option to use the Car Locator feature to help navigate you back to your car after a full day of Magic. This is super easy to use too! After you park, open the app and select the three horizontal lines on the bottom right of your screen for the menu. Look for Car Locator and tap this selection. You can manually plug in your information or you can use your device location to help add your information. At the end of the night, you have the app to let you know where exactly you parked and a quick trip to your vehicle!

    I hope this information was helpful to better strategize your morning at Magic Kingdom. If you have any further questions, please feel free to stop back and let us know, we are always happy to help!

    Have a Magical day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Nick, Ohio

Hey howdy hey, I’m Nick! My happy place will always be Walt Disney World Resort and is where we call “Home”, but we do vacation exclusively in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of the year. My happily ever after is shared with my 3 girls, my beautiful wife and my career in Physical Therapy. I love any excuse to talk about Walt Disney World Resort and am so excited to help you discover the Magic of the Resort. Learn More About Nick

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