01-16-2006, 04:12 PM
Community Rank: Globetrotter
Join Date: Mar 2005
Re: How to get into Animal Kingdom before Park Opens?
As far as enjoying The Oasis before the park opens, that's easy to do, and no reservations required. They will open the gates before the official opening time. At this point the whole park is not open - there will be a rope at the end of the bridge on your way to Discovery Island. (The only way into the park.) Unless you have breakfast reservations as previously mentioned, you will be standing in the sun on the bridge, packed in like sardines with everybody else, waiting for official opening time, when there is a short show with some characters, then Mickey appears in front of the Tree of Life to officially open the park for the day.
If you don't mind missing the show (we were so far back in the crowd, we pretty much missed it anyway), you can just linger in the Oasis looking at the animals until the park officially opens, then make your way onto Discovery Island. This helps you avoid the crowds. And unless we have breakfast reservations next time we go, this is what we'll do also.