This week, Disney’s latest attempt to nickel and dime guests is a new experience called “Early Morning Magic.” In all honestly, I can somewhat get behind this one. For the price of $69 per adult and $59 per child (3-9), guests are granted entry into the Magic Kingdom as early as 7:30AM (guests aren’t permitted into Fantasyland until 7:45AM) with exclusive access to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, along with breakfast at Pinocchio’s Village Haus.
The breakfast buffet will include:
- Chilled juices, coffee and teas
- Seasonal fruit and berries
- Freshly baked pastries
- Cheese and cured meats
- Scrambled eggs with assorted toppings
- Vegetable frittata
- Smoked bacon
- Pork and turkey sausages
- Fried potatoes with caramelized onions
- Waffles with butter and syrup
The reason I can somewhat get behind this newest premium event is mostly because of the breakfast that is included and the fact that you get into the park before it opens. Early park entry is a great perk, because of the photo ops around the hub and on Main Street. This is especially true if you are visiting from September through the beginning of January, because of the Halloween and Christmas decorations. There are three other locations at the Magic Kingdom where you can make an early breakfast reservation at:
- Be Our Guest is $20 per entree and, in my opinion, not worth it. The portion sizes are small, and while each entree ordered comes with a pastry plate, that’s a lot of carbs and sweets. If I’m spending that much on breakfast, I want some protein to fill me up.
- Crystal Palace is a great option at $30 per adult, because you get a great buffet along with the characters from Winnie the Pooh. The drawback is that because this is the best option, it can be difficult to book before park opening. Booking as early as possible is a must, if this is in your plans.
- Cinderella’s Royal Table is priced about the same as the new Early Morning Magic. Yes, you get to dine with the Disney Princesses in Cinderella’s Castle, but I would personally want to get more out of my money if I’m spending this much. Of course, having a little girl means that I will eventually dine in the castle, but it won’t be something we do often.
The downside to Early Morning Magic is that even though the event ends at 10AM, once the park opens at 9AM, exclusive ride access ends. I would recommend riding as much as you can between 7:45 and 9, and then heading over to Pinocchio’s for breakfast once the general public begins filling the ride queues. If you really wanted to be smart about planning, I would make an early dinner reservation that day right around 5PM and try to fill up on breakfast to last me through the day with just a little light snacking.
The big advantage to Early Morning Magic is that you are guaranteed rides on two of the most popular FastPass+ attractions (Peter Pan’s Flight and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train). It can be difficult to obtain FastPasses at ideal times for these two attraction if you aren’t making your selections exactly 60 days in advance. This would be a great alternative to a family staying off site who can only make their FastPass+ selections 30 days in advance. Guests will be able to save their FP+ selections for other attractions, and get more out of their day.
Will I actually buy a ticket for Early Morning Magic? Probably not. We go often enough that if we miss a ride on Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, that’s okay, we’ll ride it next time. But if you are someone that doesn’t go very often, say once a year or less, then I would recommend you take advantage of it.
Early Morning Magic is available for booking on Tuesdays and Saturdays through the end of June. You can either book through your travel agent, a My Disney Experience account, or by calling the Disney Reservation Center at 407-827-7350. The number of tickets available are limited, so book early!