• On Dec 28, 2018
    Jennifer from MN 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 have an 8:20 Tusker House ADR. Will that be enough time to eat and see all the characters if we want to make it to Flight of Passage right at 9 when the park opens?

    Hi, Jennifer! If there is one way I like to start my Disney Day, it is with a rope drop at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park! "Rope drop" is the term guests often use for park opening, and I can tell you there is nothing like rope drop at that park and heading to Pandora - the World of Avatar attractions.

    I sometimes do tell friends to grab a pre-park opening Advance Dining Reservation with hopes of enjoying some attractions with little wait afterwards. However, this is definitely not something I recommend if Avatar Flight of Passage is your goal. Tusker House Restaurant is one of our favorite in-park character meals. If you booked this reservation, I know you will definitely have to skip meeting several characters and you will not be able to fully enjoy the terrific buffet there. That certainly would make for a super-rushed morning!

    In my experience, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park has opened earlier than the posted time. It has sometimes been just 10 minutes, but sometimes it has been 30 or more minutes early. There is no way for you to know this if you are dining inside Tusker House Restaurant, so you may miss the early morning rush and will be far back in quite a queue to climb aboard your banshee.

    So Jennifer, how to best experience Avatar Flight of Passsage with little wait? I know, it's vacation and you want to rest, but get up early. Set your alarm clock with plans to arrive at the park at least 45-60 minutes early. When the parks opens, walk with purpose and keep everyone together! No hanging back to check out birds or funny plants. Make even teenagers hold your hand! Your banshee is calling and you can see the birds later! Seriously, I speak from experience and my teen thankfully knows the drill now after that one selfie incident.

    I hope you have an adventurous day in the parks and please let us know if you have any 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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