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Old 01-16-2006, 11:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How to get into Animal Kingdom before Park Opens?

Hi folks,

I have been reading some posts where others recommend: 1) going to the character breakfast, or 2) enjoying the Oasis before Animal Kingdom opens. How do you get access to the park before posted opening hours?

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Old 01-16-2006, 11:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How to get into Animal Kingdom before Park Opens?

You can book Donald's Breakfast between 8 and 9am, then you'll have access to the park before it opens (call 1-800-828-0228 to book). Or, I guess, if you stay at Concierge at Animal Kingdom Lodge then you can book the Sunrise Safari which would also get you in before the park opens.
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Old 01-16-2006, 11:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: How to get into Animal Kingdom before Park Opens?

We had breakfast at Donald's at 8:00 am this past trip. When we got in it was a rush to get to the restaurant b/c there were so many people there doing the same thing and we didn't want to miss our 15 min window for our ADR (or be in the restaurant once the park officially opened). Once we were finished with breakfast they made everyone wait out front until the park opens and then they let us go.
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Old 01-16-2006, 03:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 01-16-2006, 05:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: How to get into Animal Kingdom before Park Opens?

do the breakfastat 8am when done use the bathroom exit be first in line for dino ride
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Old 01-16-2006, 07:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: How to get into Animal Kingdom before Park Opens?

We had breakfast with Donald and were allowed in to AK early. My DD loved the meal and the character interaction.
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