The opening procedure for Magic Kingdom Park have changed in recent years and so as the opening show. Before the change, Guests waited outside the park in front of the train station before the park's opening time and the Welcome show took place on the platform of the Main Street Train Station.
Now Guests are allowed to enter the park and explore Main Street at 8 am (sometimes a little earlier) for a 9 am park opening.
If there are Extra Magic Hours all Guests will still be allowed on Main Street, but Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort will be allowed to enter the park by scanning their magic bands at the entrances to Tomorrowland and Fantasyland where a Cast Member is posted.
What do we do if we have a Pre-Park Opening Breakfast Reservation?
If you have a reservation between 8-9am, you will be allowed to enter the Magic Kingdom before anyone else, as early as 7:45 am.
If you have a Crystal Palace reservation you will head straight there and check in at the podium.
If you have a reservation at Be Our Guest or Cinderella’s Royal Table you will have to walk up Main Street to the Hub area and look for the Breakfast Reservation signs that Cast Members hold up. Check in with the Cast Members and you will be allowed to enter the park to go to your reservation.
Since, Be Our Guest is a Quick Service breakfast option, you can most likely finish your meal before park opening and then go straight to Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train. You can get in line for the ride before anyone else can. Sometimes, Guests can ride the ride before park opening.
*Tip- If you have a Be Our Guest reservation you can pre order your food via My Disney Experience Account ahead of time to save time. That way you can head right to your table and your food will be brought to you shortly after you sit down.
What’s open before the park officially opens?
-The Main Street Shops will be open
-A couple dining locations are open for a quick, light breakfast including Main Street Bakery, which serves Starbucks coffee (although lines are long in the morning).
-Photopass Photographers- It’s a great time to get some photos in front of the castle.
The Opening Show-Let the Magic Begin
There is an Opening Show in Front of the Castle before park opening. There are many characters in the show. As soon as the show is over, the park will be open. Remember the busiest area will be the path closest to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, so if you have a fast pass+ for it you may want to head in a different direction at rope drop.
-If you don’t have a Fast Pass+ for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train get in the line that heads in that direction and head straight there at rope drop. This will be the are with the largest crowd of people.
-If you want to see Princess Merida, head to her location right at rope drop to see the shortest lines. She comes out right around 9:00 AM.
-If you want to see Talking Mickey get in line before rope drop to get in a good position for when the park opens.
-One family member can get in line for Talking Mickey to hold the spot while someone else walks around to shop, get food, etc. Just be sure that everyone heads back in time to get in line before park opening.
-One family member can position themselves to race ahead while the rest of the family catches up to get a better position in line for Merida or other rides.