Character Dining with Donald Duck
  • On May 1, 2023
    Stephanie from Angus 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 a Tusker House reservation for 8.25am but the park does not open (for us) until 9am. Will we be able to gain access to eat or will I need to change the reservation?

    Jambo Stephanie!

    Welcome to planDisney! And thanks for stopping by with your question for us. 

    I love arriving at the parks first thing in the morning. The weather feels cooler, the parks feel peaceful, and there’s something extra magical about taking a stroll down Discovery Island Trails and marveling at the Tree of Life with its magnificent animal carvings up close. 

    Stephanie, I’m thrilled to hear you were able to snag an early breakfast reservation at Tusker House Restaurant! Between the Safari Bread, and Mickey and Simba Waffles, and meeting your favorite pals as Donald Duck hosts a delightful meal, it’s hard not to fall in love with this dining experience!

    Although Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park may not be open to the general public during your reservation time, since you have a dining reservation, you will be able to enter the theme park, so there is no need to change your reservation. Upon arrival, you may find two queues at the entrance of the park; one for Early Theme Park Entry for Guests staying at Disney Resorts Collection hotels and one for dining reservations. Two Cast Members will be ahead of these lines, usually holding signs to help direct Guests. You will want to check in with the Cast Member who is verifying dining reservations, and once your reservation is verified, you’ll gain access to the park to head to your reservation! Yippie!

    While you’re spending the day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, I hope you make time to watch the Festival of the Lion King. I cannot stop raving about this larger-than-life production filled with beautiful songs. Every Cast Member bringing this show to life is so very talented, and I always find myself in awe as I enjoy the performances.

    Wishing you an enchanting vacation, Stephanie!

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Meet the Panelist: Aena, Texas

Hi friends! Consider me your own Fairy Godmother, full of helpful tips to make your Walt Disney World Resort vacation magical. I'm Aena, wife to my Prince Charming, mom to future Imagineers, and forever a kid at heart. I call Walt Disney World...I mean, Texas home, and spend my time singing Disney tunes. One of my favorite things to do is to stay on property and explore everything the resorts have to offer. I'd love to help you find the best Instagram-worthy spots for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Aena

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