Need to stay at a Disney World hotel? The answer is different for everyone, but there is a BIG advantage to staying on the property that can really help you save time (and money!). Disney recently changed the name of its Magic Hours overtime process Early entry to the theme park, which allows Disney Resort guests to enter the parks 30 minutes before the official opening of the park.
Although half an hour is not a long time, it could help removes the most popular attraction before the line lengthens! If you play your cards right, you can get through the waiting line for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in no time and avoid having to pay for a Lightning Lane!
Recently, Disney changed the way guests wait in line for Remy’s Ratatouille adventure. In the past, guests woke up at 7 a.m. to join a virtual queue, but now guests must wait in a traditional waiting line.
We also learned that this attraction is now part of Early Theme Park Entry Guests at the Disney Resort can ride it during this 30-minute window before the park opens. We decided try this new process during early entry a look how it worked!
First, we arrived at brilliant EPCOT and soon a few minutes before the early entry officially started. In this case, EPCOT was scheduled to open at 10 a.m., therefore Early entry began at 9:30 p.m.. Don’t be intimidated by the crowds if you decide to drop the park with a rope; things move fast in the mornings!
From there, we followed the crowd and headed for the French pavilion! We officially got in line for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at 9:41.
The line moved fairly steadily for the most part. As we lined up, we realized that the one-runner line was not open (this has been the case since the trip opened in October).
The tail makes you snake all over the French pavilion, and you might even have to wait a moment to cross the sides of the road!
Note that the line may seem VERY long and crowded, but in our experience, the line moved quite quickly.
At about 10:10, we were climbing the attraction! We set an official timeout of 29 minutes and 17 seconds during early entry to the theme park. When we left the attraction, the waiting time was posted in 45 minutes. By comparison, when we made the trip yesterday without early entry, we set our time close to an hour. So we saved half by getting there soon!
As you can see, waking up and heading to the parks early can save you the hassle of paying for a selection of individual attractions or waiting in a long line! We hope this little experiment has helped you; be sure to stay tuned for more Disney news, reviews, and more!
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