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  • On Nov 13, 2022
    Rachel from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have tickets to the very merry christmas party on 12/20. I wanted to come early and I saw we can enter the parks at 4pm. Can we come before 4pm if we have a reservation for lunch at 2pm. Or is there a place to eat just outside the park?

    Hi there, Rachel. Welcome to planDisney

    Are you getting so excited about your upcoming trip to Walt Disney World? It will be here before you know it. Hopefully, the countdown is on! 

    With your Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets, Rachel, the earliest you are allowed entry is at 4:00 p.m. The party itself doesn't actually start until 7:00 p.m. so it's a nice little added bonus to be able to enter Magic Kingdom Park early. If you have a lunch reservation at 2:00 p.m. at Magic Kingdom Park, you would need a standard theme park ticket and a park pass reservation to enter for your lunch. 

    If you'd like to eat near Magic Kingdom Park, but not inside the theme park, there are plenty of places to do this, Rachel. You are welcome to dine at any of the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels and there are several nearby. I'd consider dining at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort or Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa because they are all connected to Magic Kingdom Park via the monorail so it would be easy to get to afterward. They all have quick-service dining locations and I've eaten at all of them and they have some great food. Also, those resorts also have sit-down restaurants as well. I personally love Steakhouse 71 and Disney's Contemporary Resort, they have a great lunch menu.

    I hope this helps you plan out your itinerary a little bit better, Rachel. If you have any other questions, please feel free to stop back by and ask me. I'm happy to help! 

    Jackie H. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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