Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jun 8, 2013
    Dara from KY 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.

    I've been surveying the forum, and I've seen some people ask about various parks' "Opening Ceremonies." What happens during the ceremony? Is it worth going to? Thanks, you moms and dads are great!

    Hi, Dara!

    Great question!

    The most popular opening ceremony in Walt Disney World is the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show which takes place at park open. One family is selected to join the fun as Mickey, Minnie and their friends arrive on the Walt Disney World Railroad at the Main Street, U.S.A. and greet park Guests with song, dance and celebration. It's a great way to start the day at Magic Kingdom.

    IF you are going to Magic Kingdom early in the morning, then be sure to get there in time to see the ceremony. (I'm the type who hates to miss an opportunity by just a few minutes; might as well add one more experience to your list, right?)

    Similarly, there is an opening ceremony at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park as well, also including characters and music, where Mickey and Minnie welcome all of their friends to the park for the day.

    There are several Guest videos of these ceremonies posted on YouTube; take a look to see what's in store and then decide if this is something you'd like to see in person.

    In short, we try to see an opening ceremony on days when we're heading to that park at park open anyway. It's a nice little addition to start the day magically, but we don't get out of bed early and race to a park just to see the show.

    Keep in mind that there will be lots of Guests lined up to see the show as well, so arrive earlier than 10 minutes before showtime if you'd like to be up front. Once the ceremony is finished, know which attraction you'd like to enjoy first and head in that direction. You'll be among the first to enjoy it that day and will have plenty of time to wander throughout the rest of the park in the gorgeous morning hours.

    Happy planning, Dara! Send more questions as you think of them; we love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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