Jul 102013

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! – Jiminy Cricket

Q.  My wife and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary on December 3rd. We have family traveling and staying with us at Wilderness Lodge (from December 1-15) and my brother and his family are traveling down from Canada to join us.

On the morning of our anniversary we have a reservation for the Grand Floridian Cafe for an Anniversary Breakfast, however my brother and his family aren’t staying on property (cost prohibitive) and our reservation is for 9am. If the park doesn’t open until 9am will he even be able to get to the Grand Floridian for that time?

Thanks for a great newsletter by the way. It’s been invaluable in our planning. (Submitted by Darren T.) 


Hi Darren!

First of all, and Happy Way-Early Anniversary! It sounds like you have an absolutely wonderful vacation planned for your family

The good news is that the answer to your question is yes, it is possible for your brother and family to get over to the Grand Floridian for breakfast!  The automobile gates entering the Magic Kingdom gates are typically staffed an hour before park opening and actually remain open 24 hours to allow access to all of the Magic Kingdom resorts. The other good news is there are a couple of different options for him to choose from.

The first option would be for him to drive (I’m assuming they will have a car, if staying off property) over to the Grand Floridian.  Because you have a reservation, they just have to tell the guard at the gate that they are here to join your family’s breakfast (be sure to give them the ADR number as the guard may ask for it). Valet parking (for an additional charge) and self parking (free of charge) are both available. Be aware that the Grand Floridian’s self parking is across the street from the resort and, if you choose to self park, you should allow a few extra minutes to walk to the main building.

The other option would be for them to park over at the Transportation and Ticket Center and then hop on a resort monorail that will take them over to the resort.  The good news is that the monorails typically start running at around 7 am (of course subject to change), so he should be able to get to the Grand Floridian with few problems. Then, when it’s time to leave, he’ll just go back to his car at the TTC.

Hope this helps and that you have a simply magical vacation!

Hope this helps and that you have a simply magical vacation!

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