Guide to all Disney World character meals

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Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.comOne of the things that many people want to include on Disney World trips is character meals but there are so many to choose from that it’s hard to figure out which ones to do.

Today, I have listed out every Disney World character meal with info on which characters appear, prices, menus and tips to help you narrow it down.

Let’s get started…


Magic Kingdom character meals

Crystal Palace (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
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Characters: Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh
Price range: $25-40/adults, $15-20/child
Location: Main Street
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.com
Breakfast menu, lunch menu, dinner menu

Pros: This is a Winnie the Pooh and friends character meal that has the benefit of having both good food and fun character interactions. The food is served buffet-style and includes favorites like breakfast lasagna, puffed french toast, pineapple upside down cake, bread pudding and character waffles.

Cons: Can be a wait, even with reservations (which you almost always have to have to get in here)

Tips: The Cast Members here are known for providing great service, including recognizing special occasions so be sure to note if you’re celebrating on your reservation and mention it when you check in as well.



Cinderella’s Royal Table (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
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Characters: Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine (though she’s rarely available)
Price range: ~ $55-70/adult, $35-40/child
Location: In the castle
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
Yelp rating: Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.com
Breakfast menu, lunch menu, dinner menu

Pros: The experience, view, photo package included, characters and some of the food is good too (like the stuffed French toast, prime rib, kids sundae, Major Domo’s Favorite Pie and Blueberry Buckle)

Cons: Expensive, waits can be long to get in even with a reservation

Tips: This reservation needs to be made 180 days in advance, particularly for 8 a.m. breakfast



Be Our Guest (dinner)
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Character: The Beast
Price range: $15-20/entree
Location: New Fantastyland
On the Disney Dining Plan?Yes
Yelp rating: Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.com
Dinner menu (children’s dinner menu)

Pros: Interesting French food options (I like the potato leek soup and desserts the best here), this is the only place to meet The Beast

Cons: Service and food are inconsistent, waits can be long even with a reservation

Tips: This might be the hardest dining reservation to get in all of Disney World since it’s the newest restaurant. I don’t happen to think it’s worth the trouble (lunch here is much better in my experience, though The Beast doesn’t appear at lunch) but be sure to make reservations 180 days in advance if you want to eat here for dinner.

Epcot character meals

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
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Characters: Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Mary Poppins and Snow White (princesses can vary and will likely not all appear)
Price range: $40-50/adults, $25-30/kids
Location: Norway section
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.com
Breakfast menu, lunch menu, dinner menu

Pros: Great use of a Table Service credit when using the Disney Dining Plan, printed images are included as part of the meal

Cons: Expensive if paying out-of-pocket, waits can be long even with a reservation

Tips: Eat breakfast here if you have picky eaters since lunch and dinner feature foods that are a bit more adventurous and not as popular for families



Garden Grill (dinner)
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Characters: Chip, Dale, Mickey Mouse and Pluto
Price range: About $40 for adults, $20 for children
Location: In The Land Pavilion
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.com
Link to menu

Pros: This character meal is served family-style and is all-you-can-eat with the meal including various meat entrees, veggies, rolls and dessert. While you eat, the restaurant rotates slowly and Mickey, Chip, Dale and Pluto stop by for a visit. This is a great use of a Table Service credit when using the Disney Dining Plan.

Cons: Can be a bit tricky to get to and strollers aren’t allowed after a certain point

Tips: It is often possible to get a reservation here when many others aren’t available

Hollywood Studios character meal

Hollywood and Vine (breakfast and lunch)
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Characters: Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Handy Manny and Jake
Price range: $26-35/adult, $14-20/child
Location: Echo Lake area near the front of the park
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.com
Breakfast menu, lunch menu

Pros: Buffet offers lots of options that please a wide variety of people

Cons: Can be loud, not all dishes are great

Tips: Don’t forget to try the sundae bar after your meal

Animal Kingdom character meal

Tusker House (breakfast and lunch)
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Characters: Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse
Price range: ~ $18/kids, $30-35/adults (breakfast and lunch include characters, dinner doesn’t, but pricing is about the same for all meals)
Location: Africa section
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.com
Breakfast menu, Lunch menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food (standard breakfast items, various African dishes available at lunch and dinner)

Cons: On the pricier end of restaurant prices at Animal Kingdom, service can be inconsistent

Tips: This is probably the most popular dining reservation at Animal Kingdom. Be sure to book 180 days in advance, particularly if you want the much-coveted 8 a.m. breakfast reservation.

Resort character meals

1900 Park Fare (breakfast and dinner)
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Breakfast characters: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh
Dinner characters: Prince Charming, Cinderella, Anastasia, Drizella and Lady Tremaine
Price range: Breakfast is about $13/child and $25/adult. Dinner is about $20/child and $40/adult.
Location: Grand Floridian
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.com
Breakfast menu, Dinner menu

Pros: Fun character interactions and I loved being able to have both sushi rolls and gummi bears at dinner (where else would that be possible?)

Cons: Fairly expensive, especially since the food isn’t super good (you’re definitely paying for the experience)

Tips: If you arrive by monorail, it may not be obvious where this restaurant is located. When you exit the monorail, go down to the first floor and you’ll find the restaurant by the front doors.



‘Ohana (breakfast)
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Characters: Lilo, Stitch, Mickey Mouse and Pluto
Price range: About $13/child and $25/adult
Location: Polynesian Resort
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.com
Breakfast menu

Pros: Food options to please most people (all-you-can-eat American breakfast), kids are included in activities during the meal (which mortifies my kids but outgoing kids find it fun)
Cons: Popular spot so reservations are hard to get, check in can take a long time so maybe even consider arriving early for your reservation

Tips: Book ASAP if you are interested in eating here



Chef Mickey’s (breakfast and dinner)
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Characters: Donald Duck, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto
Price range: Breakfast is $18/child and $33/adult. Dinner is about $20/child and $45/adult.
Location: Contemporary Resort
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.com
Breakfast menu, dinner menu

Pros: Family favorite due to the fun vibe plus being able to ride the monorail right into the building, sundae bar makes a fun dessert

Cons: Food isn’t particularly good but is sufficient, reservations are hard to get

Tips: Request to be in the main dining room to get the maximum amount of fun. I’ve always felt left out when we were in the other rooms.



Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (dinner show)

Characters: Chip, Dale, Goofy, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
Price range: $56.99/adult, $32.99/child
Location: Ft. Wilderness
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes (2 Table Service credits)
Yelp rating: Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.com
Link to menu

Pros: Meal includes music and dancing with the characters, wine and beer are included, plentiful picnic-style food (barbecued meats, corn on the cob, watermelon, etc.)

Cons: Located outside on a covered patio which can be quite hot at certain times of the year, only available Thursdays and Saturdays, not offered in January and February, you can’t drive directly to this event but must take Ft. Wilderness transportation to get there

Tips: Consider taking a boat there from Magic Kingdom



Cape May Cafe (breakfast)
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Characters: Donald Duck, Goofy and Minnie Mouse
Price range: $26-30/adults, $14-17/child
Location: Beach Club Resort
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.com
Breakfast menu

Pros: Nice variety of foods to choose from (such as chorizo with eggs, Mickey waffles, cheese grits, bacon, etc.), characters are dressed in beach attire, often easier to find a reservation here than other character dining locations

Cons: Only 3 characters here, fairly expensive for breakfast food

Tips: Be sure to try the yogurt bar which has lots of great toppings



Garden Grove (breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Friday nights)

Characters: Pluto, Chip, Dale and Goofy
Price range: $23.99/breakfast ($5-14 for kids), $30-35 for dinner (about $15 for kids)
Location: The Swan
On the Disney Dining Plan? No
Yelp rating: Guide to all Disney World character meals from WDWPrepSchool.com
Breakfast menu (children’s breakfast menu), Dinner menu

Pros: Good food that includes interesting options like the Japanese breakfast, more availability at this location than most other character dining meals

Cons: Not on the Disney Dining Plan, can’t charge to your Disney resort room or use Disney gift cards here since this isn’t an official Disney hotel, character dining only available Friday-Sunday, inconsistent service

Tips: Be sure to try the dessert bar


Wonderland Tea Party
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Characters: Alice and Mad Hatter
Price range: $40 per person
Location: Grand Floridian
On the Disney Dining Plan? No

Pros: 1 hour tea party from 2-3 p.m. for kids age 4-10 where kids to get to make and eat cupcakes, hear a story, have tea (juice) with the characters and make flower bouquets

Cons: Only available Monday – Friday

Tips: Kids do this event without parents so parents should plan to do something nearby like stroll the beach, order a drink, explore the resort, etc.



Perfectly Princess Tea Party
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Characters: Aurora and Rose Petal
Price range: $250 for 1 adult and 1 child (additional children age 3-11 are $165, additional adults age 12+ are $85)
Location: Grand Floridian
On the Disney Dining Plan? No

Pros: A whole event rather than just a meal that includes each girl receiving a doll, tiara, bracelet, rose, scrapbook plus food and entertainment (boys receive a crown and plush bear)

Cons: Only available Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30am-12:00pm

Tips: Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character for this event

Transportation to early morning dining reservations

The only time I ever recommend breakfast is if it’s before the parks open (if you eat any later, you end up eating during prime park touring time) but it’s confusing to understand how to get to the dining reservations.

Although Disney will often tell you that transportation begins 1 hour before the parks open, there are earlier options for people with early dining reservations.

Here’s what’s available:

  • Buses for the Magic Kingdom and Magic Kingdom resort area start running at 6:30 a.m. daily
  • Buses for Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge start running at 7-7:15 a.m. daily
  • Buses for the Hollywood Studios and the Epcot-area resorts will start running at 7-7:15 a.m. daily
  • Buses for Epcot start running at 7-7:15 a.m. daily
  • The ferry from the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) to Magic Kingdom begins running 1 hour before Magic Kingdom opens
  • The express monorail (that goes from the TTC to MK) begins 30 minutes before MK opens
  • The resort monorail (which will go from TTC to The Polynesian to The Grand Floridian and then to MK) begins at 7 a.m.
  • The Epcot monorail usually begins operating at 7:30 a.m.
  • The boats that service the Epcot-area resorts and go to Epcot and Hollywood Studios start running at 8:30 a.m. daily

Is the Disney Dining Plan right for you?

If you end up doing several character meals, the Disney Dining Plan might make a lot of sense. Review my post on maximizing Disney Dining Plan credits to see which restaurants offer the best value.

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Will you be doing any character meals for your trip? Our family has a tradition of going to Chef Mickey’s on our arrival day to kick things off. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.


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Amanda P July 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Hello! this is our first trip to Disney, yay! it seemed that all character dinings had “waits with reservations” what is the earliest time we should go to the restaurant with a 8:30 reservation. Do they have a time limit for example 8:20, 8:15??
Thanks!

Caitlin June 18, 2014 at 9:02 am

We ate at Hollywood & Vine and few weeks ago and it was great! Our 2 year old LOVED all the characters and entertainment! Even with our reservation we still waited 20 minutes past that to get in even though they had empty tables.

Karen June 20, 2014 at 10:25 am

That is so weird! We were there, too, a few weeks ago and were actually able to get our table about half an hour BEFORE our scheduled time!

Sheila June 7, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Shannon, thanks for a great post! How positive are you about the early morning buses to Magic Kingdom? My kids have a Student Seminar class that starts at 7:15 am at Magic Kingdom in September and we are not sure how they will get from Art of Animation to Magic Kingdom that early in the morning. Your post has given us a ray of hope!!! Let me know. Thanks so much!

Jason May 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm

My favorite is cape may! I went there with my family and two nieces and not only did the kids absolutely love it but in my opinion it was the best breakfast buffet I have ever been to in my life!

Ryan @ Savers4Life May 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Great post! We were under the impression that recently you could add the dining plan to a Room Only reservation, but I don’t know that it’s possible. We’ve decided to go OOP for our end-of-year trip. Chef Mickey’s is always a staple for us, but we are leaning towards dinner packages like Fantasmic and the Tomorrowland Dessert Party.

Do you know how many Character Meals you add before it starts to become better to have the Dining Plan?

Caroline May 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Curious about what others think in regards to Chef Mickey vs. the Aloha dinner show at the Polynesian. We had CM reservations and cancelled to do the dinner show. Now I’m second guessing this choice!! My kiddos are 5 & 6 and we are doing several other character meals, and thought the luau would be different!

Kristy May 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Hi! Question about the Wonderland Tea Party….wanting to book this for my 10 yr old, however she turns 11 a few weeks before our trip. Will this be an issue? I’m getting conflicting answers online about age limit.

Suzanne Weaver May 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Hi Shannon,
Loved your article about the character meals. In the past, we have been lucky enough to get 8 am breakfast reservations at the Grand Floridian, the Crystal Palace & Cinderella Castle – because we have had several persons in our group, it’s always a challenge to get everyone on the same time schedule (mostly my daughter – not a morning person). Thus, we have used taxi service vs. the Disney transportation to expedite our arrival time. This has been very successful for us and allows my stress level to not peak due to the lack of urgency for others to be timely. We have scheduled our taxi service via the resort’s concierge the night before our reservation. (Taxi service is also helpful to get to Fort Wilderness.)

SarahP May 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm

We ate at Chef Mickey’s and the Disney Jr. at Hollywood Studios, the food was better at Disney Jr. But didn’t even come close to the service and atmosphere at Chef Mickey’s. I would do the Mickey one again in a second the Disney Jr. Took a lot of patience on our part.

Amy May 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm

We ate at 6 of the character meals you mentioned on our trip last year.
I have to agree that the food at 1900 Park Fare was not that great. The Stepmother/sisters were the only part we liked.
We loved Chef Mickey’s for breakfast. We plan to go there again. We might try dinner there as well.
CRT was just so magical. Everyone needs to do that at least once.
Pooh (and his friends) have been my favorite since childhood and I loved seeing them. As you mentioned the CM’s at The Crystal Palace were fantastic. Throughout our trip, the only character I wanted a picture with was Winnie the Pooh. When my hubby took the picture it came out blurry and I was quite upset. Probably a little too much, for a grown woman (it was our last day of a 9 day trip, I was tired!). So he talked to the CM’s and they got Pooh to come back to our table so I could get another picture with him. I know it was a lot for all of them to do that, and I truly appreciated them and the magic of Disney!

Eve May 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm

We have reservations for Chef Mickey’s but as I read your post I’m wondering if we should consider the Winnie the Pooh breakfast instead (that was our second choice). Your food review and suggestion about location within Chef MIceky’s resaturant concern me as I want my boys to get the best experience possible. Two questions:
1) do you think the quality of food is better at Winnie the Pooh’s?
2) when and how probable would it be to get into the main dining room for Chef Mickeys’?

Thanks!

Shannon Albert May 8, 2014 at 7:32 pm

I like Chef Mickey’s for families a lot. Your chances of getting the main dining room are pretty good – you just have to request it.

Amy May 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm

We loved Chef Mickey’s for breakfast. We were not in the main area to eat. We were on an upper level by a large window. We liked that a lot.

Carmen May 8, 2014 at 6:57 pm

OK – I’m sure it’s there and I just can’t find it… but…. how do we get from our resort (WL) to other resorts for meals (GF for breakfast)? Do we take a bus to downtown Disney and catch another bus to the destination resort?

BTW – your site is amazing and your help has been invaluable. So grateful to have found you. Thanks so much for all your hard work!

Shannon Albert May 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

No, definitely don’t go to Downtown Disney. Wilderness Lodge is considered a Magic Kingdom-area resort and so is the Grand Floridian. You could take the early boat to The Contemporary and then take the resort monorail from there to The Grand Floridian. The buses are often shared with The Grand Floridian so you might even be able to hop on a bus that’s headed to a park or Downtown Disney and ask the driver if they’re going to The Grand Floridian after Wilderness Lodge.

Carmen May 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Thank you!

Michele May 8, 2014 at 6:57 pm

We have a 8:15am reservation for Chef Mickey’s and are staying at Pop Century. How do you suggest we get there?

Shannon Albert May 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Take the bus to Magic Kingdom and then walk or take the monorail to The Contemporary.

Michele May 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Are the buses and monorail running that early in the morning?

Michele May 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Sorry never mind just read the answer above thanks

Mandy June 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm

What time would you suggest we go to the pop century bus line?
I’m having a hard time figuring out how much time to allow for waiting for bus, bus ride, and getting to reservation on time.. This is our first time traveling with kids.

lori May 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Are there Characters at the Hoop Dee Review?
Thank you so much for this very helpful information
We are trying to create the best experience for our 2 daughters first visit
but can most likely only budget for two

Shannon Albert May 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue is a dinner show but there aren’t characters there.

Markiel Singley May 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Thanks for the post Shannon! I’ve been waiting on this one. For my trip in August I have most of the main character dining meals booked.

Mandy May 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm

I am so glad you did this post. I am an avid (aka neurotic) planner, and the times that transportation starts running was exactly the information I was looking for. Your posts are awesome! Do you know what time the parks will start letting you in if you have an early breakfast reservation? I’m hoping to get in and get some good photos before most of the crowds get there.

Shannon Albert May 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Usually about 15 minutes beforehand.

Mandy May 19, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Thank you!

Linda May 28, 2014 at 11:17 am

The only reason I booked the Crystal Palace for breakfast (8:35!) was to get in before rope drop. I envision majestic family pictures in front of the castle without a million people in front of it. :-) If this is your plan, just double check that it’s not an Extra Magic Hours morning the day you go. A lot to think about when booking! :-)

Val May 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Is there no luau at the Polynesian resort anymore with characters?

Shannon Albert May 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm

The luau does still exist but there aren’t any characters in that show.

Brandy May 8, 2014 at 4:28 pm

We have an 8 am Akerhaus reservation and are staying in the Contemporary. Since this is a monorail resort will it have a early bus option?

Shannon Albert May 8, 2014 at 4:41 pm

You should be able to take the resort monorail to the TTC and then catch the Epcot monorail (which usually begins running at 7:30 a.m.) to Epcot. I just updated the post to include the start time of the Epcot monorail.

Amy M May 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm

This is such a great post. I was going to wait for Sunday night Q & A, but this question is topical. We have a 735 am breakfast reservation for Chef Mickey’s on the day we will be visiting Epcot. We also have a dinner reservation there. I was hoping to change the breakfast reservation to Akershus for that morning. Will it be too difficult to get from the Contemporary to Epcot on time for an 805 am reservation. What time would we have to leave the contemporary? Is the International Gateway entrance open that early?

Shannon Albert May 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I’m a bit confused by your question. Are you staying at The Contemporary and hoping to change your breakfast reservation to Akershus at Epcot? Why would you need to use the International Gateway?

Amy M May 8, 2014 at 6:49 pm

We are staying at the Contemporary. I thought the Akershus was in the World Pavillion (please bear with my as its our first trip). I would love to switch our ADR to Akershus, but I don’t know if it will be too much oaf a hike at 730 am. Looking for the entrance with the least amount of walking as we will have my in laws.

Shannon Albert May 8, 2014 at 7:15 pm

The International Gateway is the Epcot entrance that is used by people staying in Epcot-area resorts (Beach Club, Yacht Club, Swan/Dolphin and Boardwalk Inn) which seems like it would be an easier entrance for going to Akershus but you’ll end up walking about the same amount either way.

If you do switch your breakfast to Akershus, you’ll take the monorail from The Contemporary to the Ticket and Transportation Center and then catch the monorail there over to Epcot. The earliest reservation at Akershus is at 8 a.m. Those early reservations at Akershus are usually booked 180 days in advance so you may not be able to make the switch.

Elise May 8, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Great idea for a post!!
I was happy to learn that Mickey makes an appearance at the Garden Grill. I didn’t know that. We will have to try that next time.
I must say that Cinderella’s Royal Table had the best blueberry muffins and quiche that I’ve ever tasted in my life. They were incredible!! Our waiter was so sweet even though I kept asking for “more muffins” :)
And loved that they are Mickey shaped!
I see that you used a Rapunzel pic for CRT… will they be moving her there soon?

Shannon Albert May 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Ahhh, good catch. I used one of Disney’s Cinderella’s Royal Table media photos and didn’t realize it was for a princess that doesn’t actually appear there. I switched it out to be a pic of a princess that actually is at the meal.

Sara May 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Thanks for the comment about the Backyard BBQ and the transportation with Ft. Wilderness. We are staying offsite and have reservations for the early show. What recommendations do you have for parking and how long it might take from parking to arrival at the MBYBBQ?

Shannon Albert May 8, 2014 at 4:23 pm

You’ll need to park at the main building at Ft. Wilderness and take an internal bus over there. I would probably plan to arrive there about an hour before your reservation.

Susan K May 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm

We have an 8:05 am reservation for Cinderella’s Royal Table. If I’m understanding your transportation comments correctly, we will need to take the buses to arrive at the park by 7:30. Is that right? We are staying off-site, so what is the best way to accomplish that?

Shannon Albert May 8, 2014 at 2:40 pm

People staying off-site and going to Magic Kingdom have to park and then go to the Ticket and Transportation Center. From there, you can take the ferry or monorail over to Magic Kingdom. For an 8:05 am reservation, I would plan to arrive to Disney World by 7, be at the TTC by 7:20-7:30 and then check in at Magic Kingdom a bit before 8.

Susan K May 9, 2014 at 8:04 am

Thanks. So there’s no feasible way to get to Magic Kingdom any earlier than 8? We were hoping to spend a little time on a basically empty Main Street and take some photos.

Maria B May 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

Nope. You can’t park at any of the hotels if you are not a guest there. The only way to get to the MK by car is through the TTC. We have an 8:15 am reservation for CRT on our last day. We are going to have to bring our car, since we are checking out that day. I was told we can’t keep our car parked at the hotel all day, even though we will be staying there for five nights – our parking pass has an expiration – 11:30 am on checkout day. :(

Shannon Albert May 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm

You can often valet for the whole day.

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