• On Dec 28, 2017
    Vicky from KS 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 will be staying at PO Riverside on January 10. We have an 8:25 am meal at Be Our Guest. What is the best way to get there, what time shall we start for the Magic Kingdom, Does the bus run that early? Does it drop you off in front or will we have to?

    Hey there Vicky!

    You must be so excited about your upcoming trip. Has it occurred to you yet today that you will be at Walt Disney World next week? Woo-hoo!

    Since the Magic Kingdom opens at 9 am on January 10th, the buses running between Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside and the Magic Kingdom officially start picking up guests forty-five minutes to one hour before park opening. That 8 am pick-up time would not give you enough time to get to your reservation.

    However, the good news is that a complimentary early breakfast bus starts running at 6:15 am from your resort to the Magic Kingdom. I called Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside this morning to confirm that for you. I would board one of those early buses no later than 7 am to make your reservation on time. While the Disney bus will drop you off at a convenient location just outside the Magic Kingdom, you'll need to allow for time to go through security and walk down Main Street U.S.A. toward Be Our Guest Restaurant

    If I had an 8:25 am breakfast reservation in the Magic Kingdom on a day that the park opened at 9 am, I would arrange for an inexpensive private car service to pick me up at 7:15 am at my resort and ask to be dropped off at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Then you could take a short walk over to the Magic Kingdom. In this scenario, you would have a bit more control over your arrival time at the Magic Kingdom since you wouldn't have to worry when the next bus would arrive. I tend to err on the side of arriving early for Disney reservations so that I can fully enjoy the experience without undue stress.

    Wishing you many magical memories next week,
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Meet the Panelist: Jill, New Jersey

Lesson plans, college plans, vacation plans...as a teacher, college counselor, and incurable Disney fan I find myself constantly planning.  I love to share advice with friends who have yet to experience all that Walt Disney World has to offer! Learn More About Jill

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