My reader Jennifer emailed me to let me know that her family was chosen as the family of the day for Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Check out her amazing experience:
We were staying offsite and went to Magic Kingdom on a Saturday morning. Reading all your advice, we were in line at Magic Kingdom early – about 7:15 so we could make a mad dash to 7 Dwarfs Mine Train ride since we didn’t have a Fastpass. There were several people in front of us already. A gentleman came up to me and asked if our family would like to help open the Magic Kingdom. OF COURSE WE WOULD!
We were taken into the Magic Kingdom immediately. 1st class treatment all the way. They had a photographer and they also took one of my cameras and took all the pictures we wanted. We were taken down Main Street in a fire truck to the castle. We could take as many pictures as we wanted without people there.
We were taken back to the fire station and taken upstairs to meet the Mayor and in walk a bunch of characters and we were able to spend time with them. When it was time to open the Magic Kingdom, we followed the Mayor onto the upper part of the train station and waved to the crowd to welcome everyone. We were then taken back through the crowds to the castle for more pictures. The Mayor also gave us another Fastpass to use. They also gave us a certificate for a free picture as well.
What an experience! Did it pay to get to Disney early? Yes it did! What a great start to a busy day.
So if you would like a chance to get to open the Magic Kingdom, I suggest you arrive at the park approximately 2 hours before it opens. There is no guarantee that you will be chosen, but it is worth a shot!
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