Timing: Parking and Park Open

Gator29

Earning My Ears
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Jun 9, 2019
Hi - I am staying on Disney property and leaving the Disney bubble for just one day to head over to Universal to visit Harry Potter world. I know all the in and outs of planning a Disney park day but I am totally lost on this one. We'd love to be in the park as early as possible. What time should we plan to be at parking so we can be early for park entry? Like Disney, do they open early? The published opening time is 9:00.
 

macraven

Proud Redhead
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Apr 21, 2003
What date will you be going to UO?
Some days of the week have larger crowds which means arrive earlier

Garage parking lines can get long

weekends brings in more visitors

I used a car service one day in February drop me off and it took more
Time than need
 

Gator29

Earning My Ears
Joined
Jun 9, 2019
What date will you be going to UO?
Some days of the week have larger crowds which means arrive earlier

Garage parking lines can get long

weekends brings in more visitors

I used a car service one day in February drop me off and it took more
Time than need
Hi - We have a flex Ticket and will either go Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday (June 22-24) depending on the weather. Published open time is 9:00. Just trying to decide what time we should get to the parking garage by.
 

georgina

DIS Veteran
Joined
Apr 21, 2003
Hi - I am staying on Disney property and leaving the Disney bubble for just one day to head over to Universal to visit Harry Potter world. I know all the in and outs of planning a Disney park day but I am totally lost on this one. We'd love to be in the park as early as possible. What time should we plan to be at parking so we can be early for park entry? Like Disney, do they open early? The published opening time is 9:00.
Early park entry (mostly for Harry Potter attractions) for both parks is available for resort guests, so be aware that there will be people in an hour ahead of you.
 

Gator29

Earning My Ears
Joined
Jun 9, 2019
We are only going for the Harry Potter experience. The experience at Ollivanders Wand Shop is our TOP priority. We plan to make B line for there. Is it a reservation system or just wait in line? I have read different things. We may not even ride any rides (my daughter is not adenturous at all). Our goal is to get into the park early enough to experience the two Harry Potter Worlds and then head back to the resort before the heat of the day. Early is not a problem for us :) I'd rather have some time waiting around to get into the park than crazy waits as the day pick ups in attendance. So any further thoughts on when we should be at the parking garage?
 
  • bchbetha

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jan 27, 2016
    I'll still say 8.
    Have you considered one night at an onsite resort so you have zero commute in the morning and early entry? You can also use that onsite pool mid-day instead of paying so much money for just a morning in the park. Regroup poolside then head back later afternoon for the lower crowds and cooler temps.
     

    TwoMisfits

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Feb 21, 2002
    Hi - I am staying on Disney property and leaving the Disney bubble for just one day to head over to Universal to visit Harry Potter world. I know all the in and outs of planning a Disney park day but I am totally lost on this one. We'd love to be in the park as early as possible. What time should we plan to be at parking so we can be early for park entry? Like Disney, do they open early? The published opening time is 9:00.
    In late May, we rolled up about 8:15am to the parking attendant every morning and we would be in line about 3/4 way down City Walk into the individual parks - so in front of one of the last big restaurants before getting to each park. Usually, we'd hit that line about 8:40-8:45am and it would start moving within 5 minutes or less, and they'd send us to the no-fingerprint scanner, so we'd get in the parks within 15 minutes of "line waiting" which worked for my kids...
     

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