• On Feb 21, 2017
    Katie from SC 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.

    What time are you allowed into the park for an early dining reservation? I know the 1.5 travel time...but once you arrive at the gate. If you have an 8:15 AM reservation are you allowed in at 7:50 AM or 8:00 AM? I just want to plan my travel time. Thx!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Katie!

    I'm thrilled you've stopped by with your great Walt Disney World Resort planning question and hope you are having a wonderful time arranging your magical vacation. I'm going to assume for this question you are talking about Magic Kingdom Park, so that is what my answer will reflect. If not, please send me another question so I am able to give you the right information.

    Beginning in January, Disney changed the way Magic Kingdom opened and now all Guests are allowed to enter the park prior to the scheduled opening time. This early entry may begin an hour prior to the park opening, so depending on where your early morning Advanced Dining Reservation is, earlier admission may not be needed. If you have reservations at Be Our Guest or Cinderella's Royal Table, there are Cast Members near the "hub" at the castle end of Main Street, U.S.A., who will let you through shortly before your scheduled reservation arrival time. 

    Happy planning, Katie, and please let us know if there is anything else we are able to assist you with. 

    Magical Wishes,


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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Colorado

Hi-ya, Pals! I'm Lauren, a wife and mother of three who's enjoyed many special occasions at Walt Disney World Resort with my family and friends. From graduations to birthdays, and even our Fairy Tale Honeymoon we’ve loved celebrating at the most Magical Place on Earth. I now have pre-teens who check wait times in the My Disney Experience App just for fun, so I look for any excuse to return "home" often and would love to help you plan a little extra Pixie Dust for your next magical adventure. Learn More About Lauren

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