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  • On Jan 26, 2019
    Bob from Scotland Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Time wise to get the most out of Magic Kingdom, have two daughters (4&9) what time does park open and how long does it take to get into car park etc? What time are we best heading to park for to make full use of the day?

    Hi, Bob! Thank you for bringing us another great question! To draw as much magic as possible from your day at Magic Kingdom Park, you will definitely want to arrive early. The crowds are usually much lower the first couple of hours that the park is open, compared to the remainder of the day. Also, the weather in June is quite warm, so arriving early means you can get more done before the hottest part of the day begins.

    In my experience, the Magic Kingdom parking lot opens at least an hour and a half to two hours before the park itself opens. Please be aware that it will take a good bit of time to actually reach the entrance to Magic Kingdom Park! You will have to take a tram or walk to the Transportation & Ticket Center, where you will go through a security checkpoint and either board a water ferry or monorail. The later you arrive, I worry that you could wind up at security longer than you would like.

    Bob, be sure to look over the posted park hours before purchasing your Disney Theme Park Ticket. If you are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, I recommend you choose a day to visit when the park is not hosting morning Extra Magic Hours. It would be such a shame to arrive early, but actually have a longer wait at attractions once you are able to enter! Also, be sure to purchase your tickets in advance so that you can make three FastPass+ selections. This will help you minimize your waits and add more magic to your day. Once you use your initial three, hop on the My Disney Experience mobile app to make another!

    I hope these tips help you plan your pixie-dusted adventure! Please stop by again if you have other questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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