Disney World Might Be Offering an Early Admission Upcharge Event, Too

March 24, 2016, 11:17 AM · What appears to be a data glitch this morning gave some Disney fans a peek at what might be Disney World's latest upcharge extra — Disney Early Morning Magic.

For $69 per adult ($49 for children ages 3-9), guests would get into the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland up to 75 minutes before the official park opening. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh would be open for participating guests to ride, and the Village Haus would serve a buffet breakfast that would be included in the event price.

The event briefly showed up in the listings on Disney's website this morning, before disappearing. However, the presence of the event on an official website strongly suggests that this is something than Disney plans on releasing, even if it has not done so yet officially.

The breakfast would include a selection of scrambled eggs with toppings, fruits, pastries, and Mickey waffles. And the event would not take place on mornings when the Magic Kingdom offered Disney's hotel guests Extra Magic Hours before park open.

This would not be not a hard-ticket event, so guests would need to purchase park admission in addition to the event ticket. Perhaps the best way to think of this as a character breakfast with the three rides as the attraction, instead of the character meet and greets. Comparing this with the popular Crystal Palace character breakfast in the Magic Kingdom, you're looking at about an extra $40 over that price for Fantasyland extra-ride time instead of meeting Winnie the Pooh and friends.

Still... the Mine Train and Pan are two of the Magic Kingdom's longest wait-time attractions and two of the more difficult FastPass+ reservations to obtain. This event would allow visitors to knock out both of those attractions before the day officially began — and without having to spend any of your three advance FastPass+ reservations to do it. That is the value that guests would be paying for here.

So if Disney ends up making this event available, the best way to get full value from it would seem to be by arriving early enough to check in and walk back to Fantasyland right at 7:45am. Then, hit the Mine Train, Pan, and Pooh — in that order — going for a second or third ride on each, if desired. The exclusive ride time ends with park open at 9am, but the breakfast buffet would remain available until 10am.

I'd recommend riding until around 8:30 or so, then taking advantage of the breakfast buffet. Start early enough so that you can be done eating before 9am so that you can be ready to get in line for Princess Fairytale Hall or to walk over to Space Mountain, to beat the rush of visitors entering the park from Main Street.

That way, you get a full breakfast, knock off two of the park's hardest "gets," ride a third popular attraction and get a head start toward the line for one other popular ride... all before the park opens. Whether that's worth $69 (or $49 per kid) is up to you.

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March 24, 2016 at 11:28 AM · Time really IS money, isn't it. If I understand correctly, the whole appeal of this new wave of extra-cost events, whether before or after the park opens, is to "beat the crowds". I'm not even sure if it's appropriate to call these "events" because I don't see anything announced in the way of special entertainment. For Disney there's no cost to set up anything; there's nothing to set up.
March 24, 2016 at 11:29 AM · BRILLIANT!
March 24, 2016 at 11:40 AM · I am all for this, but, and I post this on just about any article concerning FP+, they need to eliminate FP+ and go back to the old system or eliminate it entirely. It is great for dining, room key, charging, but the ride reservation is driving people away. It is awful. The older system was much better and did not ruin the parks. An hour wait for Pirates, Haunted Mansion, or even Spaceship Earth, which traditionally was walk on! Just bite the bullet and dump it. Imagine how angry fans will be when Star Wars opens and is tiered so you go all the way to Orlando and ride one Star Wars attraction once.
March 24, 2016 at 11:43 AM · If the Anna and Elsa meet and greet were included, this would be sold out by now.
March 24, 2016 at 12:57 PM · They are getting more creative with these upcharge events. 3 hours in the evening and just 75 minutes in the morning. This is so early and late for the kids. I don't see myself doing this since vacations means sleeping in. That's why there's Fastpass+ if you know how to do it. I would recommend adding in an extra day or two to the Magic Your Way pass and forgo the upcharge events. An extra day or two gives you more Fastpass opportunities and a marginal increase in admission ticket prices.
March 24, 2016 at 1:10 PM · By the way Robert nails it when he points out that if you tiome it right you get the added bonus of being first in line at one of the other more popular attractions at 9 AM. I would recommend heading to Frontierland and knocking out Splash and Thunder and then hitting Pirates and Jungle.
March 24, 2016 at 2:45 PM · Or TH, if you have a 3 year old daughter like me, see the princesses... shudder.
March 24, 2016 at 3:10 PM · This one I get. Comparing it to a character breakfast meet-and-greet is spot on. I completely see checking the Fantasyland big lines off early, getting breakfast, and being in line in advance of others as a wining proposition. The price still isn't cheep, but I find a lot more value in this than the new night time event. I wonder how many people per day they will allow to use this service?
March 24, 2016 at 3:14 PM · So, to do MK "without crowds," the choices are: Early Magic Monings ($69 extra charge with a ticket required; includes breakfast), or After Hours ($149 for 7PM-close, plus three additional hours in the park; includes drinks and ice cream bars).

Looks like Disney has jumped the shark (or "jumped the Bay Lake wave maker").

March 24, 2016 at 3:47 PM · This wouldn't be worth the money for my family. However, if they offered the same deal at Hollywood Studios after Star Wars land opens, I probably would be dumb enough to pay for it.
March 24, 2016 at 4:35 PM · When they offer at DHS after SWL opens, I'd bet there would be a "1" in front of that price... and a "0" after it.
March 24, 2016 at 8:48 PM · I'm still shocked that Disney hasn't released a special ticket that will guarantee that you get at least one ride on every attraction at Magic Kingdom in a days visit. I could easily see them selling something like that for $199-$399 per person per day.
March 24, 2016 at 10:08 PM · Think of the REAL things $170 would buy for a day! I would bring myself to care about another price gouge from Disney if the people being gouged weren't begging for it. Nobody told me PT Barnum was made CEO.
March 24, 2016 at 10:41 PM · Definitely not worth it, unless you have lots of money burning a hole in your pocket. What would happen if 7DMT shut down one of those mornings? A riot?
March 25, 2016 at 2:29 AM · Any chance they would do a similar thing (or the nighttime "event") at DLR?
March 25, 2016 at 5:54 AM · Apparently, we are just step away from Disney charging for extra fast pass +s.

We haven't done any Orlando in 3 years. We are honestly tired of Disney, going around 5 times between our twin daughters ages of 4 - 10.

This year we are adding 3 days at universal before our regular full week vacation. We are staying onsite so we get the line pass.

Maybe this is something else that Disney might consider, making different types of passes available to their guests at different levels of accomodations.

March 25, 2016 at 6:49 AM · Why Disney left out the Afternoon. They should Pan something for Afternoon also.
March 25, 2016 at 9:11 AM · One thing I find very interesting is that Disney seems intent on offering extra opportunities to spend money and get "elite" benefits without rubbing it in the face of those who don't. In other words, the Universal Express option is obviously a better value, but I always feel a little guilty about how easy it is to jump into the front of the line. And when I'm on the other side, without Express, it seems obvious that some have a "better" status. Obviously FP+ creates essentially the same scenario, but in that case anyone can still join the system (albeit in a disadvantaged way), so that there is nothing on the surface that prevents anyone from participating. This would seem to be an extension of that strategy: those with money to spend get better and easier opportunities, but not in a way that the average park-goer would be aware of. Whether this is better than Universal I don't know, but it's interesting to see Disney trying to figure out how to monetize their immense popularity without completely changing their core brand (which is, "magic for all"?)
March 25, 2016 at 10:23 AM · Good point, Jonah. I feel that Disney would get a lot of criticism for creating something similar to FOTL, whereas Universal mostly gets a pass.
March 25, 2016 at 11:38 AM · At this point I'm convinced that Disney could find a cure for both cancer and AIDS and people will still find something to complain about.

I mean, "jumped the shark?" Really? Paying a price that costs less than Universal Express to ride two rides that, while good, aren't long enough to justify their wait times, is "jumping the shark?" Really?

Look, I know that a lot of people don't like FP+, but do understand that there's also a lot of people who prefer the new system. Not that the old system was bad, it was just way too corruptible. Too many people were abusing it, being totally inconsiderate of other guests and destroying the purpose of creating the FastPass in the first place (this was especially true with the disability pass). And personally I'm quite suspicious of the people who claim that they were visiting during off-season and are only able to get in about 5 rides. I'm a Floridian and on an average visit to MK I can do Jungle Cruise, Tiki Room, POTC, Splash Mountain, BTMR, Haunted Mansion, Small World, Peter Pan, Philharmagic, 7DMT, Little Mermaid, PeopleMover, Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear all in the same day. A couple of them I even get to reride!

And then about the prices. Obviously, Disney's expensive as he'll. If anyone says Disney is cheap, they are probably rich enough to make Bill Gates jealous.And in some cases this pricing is just ridiculous (Seriously, why charge full price for a park with so many closed attractions?). But I don't think it's as bad as a lot of people make it out to be. I often overhear my friends talking about going to Disney, and most of them come from an average Middle Class background. I'm also Middle Class (though admittedly I am a bit on the higher spectrum of Middle Class). And there are periods where I'm visiting Disney on a monthly basis. And the vast majority of the people I see at Disney don't really seem to be the privileged Upper Class that most people claim Disney's been gearing more towards nowadays. In fact, the crowds I see at Disney are almost the exact same crowds that I see at Universal. The only difference is that I see more teenagers and college students at Universal and more little kids, senior citizens, and disabled people at Disney. But even then, I still see a lot of teens at Disney and a lot of kids, elders and disabled people at Universal. A lot of times, I will take extended breaks from Disney and divert my attention towards Universal, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens; but not because Disney drained me dry, but because I think they are really great parks and I don't think it would be fair to spend all my time at Disney.

And listen Universal fans, I get it that there's a lot of really annoying Disney fans out there, but you guys aren't much better. If you think Universal is better, that's fine, but please stop forcing down your opinions on us. Because, believe it or not, not everyone who visits Universal sees it as the Holy Grail of theme parks. And you have to respect that.

March 25, 2016 at 10:21 PM · When I go to Disney World, I usually eat a light breakfast, maybe even a danish and coffee before going to the parks. I don't want a big breakfast that early, I'd rather have a light breakfast and go for an early lunch. So this upcharge early morning breakfast buffet plus attractions might not appeal to me.
March 26, 2016 at 8:12 AM · writes "Paying a price that costs less than Universal Express to ride two rides ..."

I Respond: It's three rides. writes: "... that, while good, aren't long enough to justify their wait times ..."

I Respond: In your (not so) humble opinion.

March 26, 2016 at 2:13 PM · @

Disney do already offer VIP services where you can do all the family rides in three of the parks or all the thrill rides. These are $299 plus park admission. Considering that gives front of the line access plus private transport between the parks for seven hours and table service lunch it's not that bad a deal.

March 27, 2016 at 9:55 AM · TH writes: "It's three rides."

I respond: I know it's three rides. But I understand the misconception. I specifically said "two" because I was specifically referring to Peter Pan and 7DMT due to their 60+ minute wait times. Winnie the Pooh's wait times are never quite as bad.

TH writes: "In your (not so) humble opinion."

I respond: "humble" wasn't really what I was going for. If what I said somehow offended you in any way, I'm honestly sorry. If you think Peter Pan and 7DMT are worthy of their wait times, nothing wrong with that. In fact, I praise you for having a greater deal of patience than I do.

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