Good Buy or Good-Bye: Early Morning Magic

Many Disney regulars know that if you book an early morning breakfast at the Magic Kingdom, you have the chance to enter the park before opening, and before the large crowds.

It is a great opportunity to get a picture in front of Cinderella Castle without being photo bombed by strangers. Early breakfast also offers the opportunity of experiencing some of the popular rides with little wait right at park opening.

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A few months ago, Disney launched Early Morning Magic, an extra-ticketed event at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios that allows you early park entry, breakfast, and access to attractions. But how does this additional fee compare to just booking an early morning breakfast. Let’s take a look and see if this is a good buy or not.

WHAT YOU GET

First things first, no matter which Early Morning Magic ticket you choose, you also need to have regular theme park admission.

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Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom

  • Unlimited morning access to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Peter Pan’s Flight (special access to these attractions ends at 9 am when the Magic Kingdom opens to regular guests)
  • Breakfast will be served at Pinocchio Village Haus from 8:30 am until 10 am. This includes all you can eat scrambled eggs, seasonal fruit, pastries, juice, coffee, tea, yogurt, French toast, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes and more
  • Offered on select days for $69 per adult and $59 per child (plus tax)
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Early Morning Magic – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Unlimited morning access to Star Tours- The Adventures Continue, Toy Story Mania!, and meet and greets with Buzz and Woody or Mickey, Minnie, and Olaf (access to these attractions ends at 9 am when Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens to regular guests)
  • Breakfast at ABC Commissary from 8am until 10 am includes delicious selections such as seasonal fruit, scrambled eggs, spinach and mushroom frittata, French toast, bacon, sausage, coffee, milk, juice, and more
  • Offered on select days for $69 per adult and $59 per child (plus tax)

Admission is limited for both special events. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Attractions are subject to change without notice.

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IS IT WORTH IT?

If getting to the park early is important to you, there is one more factor you need to consider. How does the Early Morning Magic price compare to restaurants that offer breakfast?

At the Magic Kingdom, you can get early access to the park with breakfast reservations at Be Our Guest, The Crystal Palace, and Cinderella’s Royal Table.

  • Be Our Guest prices start at $24 for adults and $14 for children
  • The Crystal Palace prices start at $34.99 for adults and $15 for children
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table prices start at $59.99 for adults and $35 for children
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At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can get early access to the park with breakfast reservations at Hollywood & Vine.

  • Hollywood & Vine prices start at $34.99 for adults and $15 for children

Making an early dining reservation may get you early access to the park; however, it does not get you access to the attractions until the park officially opens.

The price for Early Morning Magic is at a minimum $10 more than a regular dining reservation and at most around $45 more expensive.

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THE BOTTOM LINE 

If your main goal is to get into the park early and maybe meet a few characters, making a dining reservation at The Crystal Palace or Hollywood & Vine is probably your best bet. If you get the earliest reservation, chances are you will be finished just around park opening and can still make it on to one or two popular rides with little to no wait.

If your goal is to not only get in early, but experience some great attractions (possibly more than once) and have a nice meal, you might want to think about splurging a little for the Early Morning Magic package.

Finally, if you REALLY want to save money, eat breakfast at your resort and get to the park around 30-45 minutes before park opening and you will still have a relatively short wait for many attractions.

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*Please keep in mind; prices are subject to change and were accurate at the time this article was written. Although prices were obtained directly from the official Disney website, Disney is not responsible for honoring these prices.

 

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