Join us for a recap of our experience at Disney’s Early Morning Magic event at Toy Story Land!
Early Morning Magic
First, we would like to thank Disney for inviting us to this media event and providing admission to Early Morning Magic so we could bring you this sneak peek! Early Morning Magic has previously only been offered for morning access to Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, but now Disney is offering morning access to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Today, we will be talking about what there is to explore during Early Morning Magic at Toy Story Land.
Let’s talk admission! Early Morning Magic is a separately ticketed event, which means you’ll need to purchase an Early Morning Magic ticket in addition to your daytime park ticket. Tickets are $79 (plus tax) for adults and $69 (plus tax) for children ages 3 to 9. The event takes place on select Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a. m., with breakfast running until 10:00 a.m. Click here to check availability and purchase tickets.
In addition to being able to experience Toy Story Land prior to park open, your Early Morning Magic ticket includes breakfast! Breakfast is provided at the ABC Commissary from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and includes a continental style breakfast buffet and one hot entrée from their special breakfast menu. As a part of the media event, we were able to get a look at all the Early Morning Magic breakfast options.
The continental breakfast buffet includes cereal, croissants, pastries, fruit, and yogurt. Coffee, water, orange juice, and apple juice are also provided.
As a part of the media event, Chef Bill spoke to us about the delicious hot entrées that will be offered for the Early Morning Magic breakfast.
The hot entrée menu includes:
- Mexican Corn Chilaquiles and Eggs Bowl
- Shrimp and Southern Grits Bowl
- Fried Chicken and Cinnamon-Sugar French Donut Bowl
- Smashed Avocado Toast Egg Plate
- Breakfast Charcuterie Platter
There is also a kid’s menu, which includes a smaller portion of the Fried Chicken and Cinnamon-Sugar French Donut Bowl, and a Scrambled Eggs Bowl.
For my hot entrée, I chose the Fried Chicken and Cinnamon-Sugar French Donut Bowl. If you love chicken and waffles, you’ll love this meal! The Cinnamon-Sugar French Donuts (otherwise known as croissant donuts, or “cronuts”) were the highlight of the meal for me. They were perfectly flakey, perfectly fried, and topped with just the right amount of cinnamon and sugar. The chicken was moist with crispy breading, and the Sweet Potato Barrels were soft and sweet. Everything was covered in a maple syrup sauce which made the meal the perfect mix of sweet and savory. A huge upgrade from the Darkside Chicken and Waffles offered at Backlot Express.
UPDATE: Since this blog post was written, the Early Morning Magic breakfast has been moved to Backlot Express.
Toy Story Land
After lunch, we were finally able to explore Toy Story Land! This was my second time visiting Toy Story Land – my first being the insanely busy soft opening on June 29th. I am not exaggerating when I say there was practically no one there during the Early Morning Magic event! Take a look at this:
After taking my time with breakfast, I only had about 45 minutes to explore Toy Story Land before it opened to daytime guests. In that time, I rode all three attractions (plus a second ride on Slinky Dog!) and even met Buzz Lightyear. Keep in mind that during the entire event I was taking my time documenting and taking photos, so I wasn’t focused on fitting in as many rides as I could. With those wait times though, you can easily ride each attraction multiple times. Even though the wait times said five or ten minutes, they really all were walk-ons!
The longest wait during the event wasn’t for any of the rides, but for the Woody and Jessie meet and greet. I didn’t have a chance to meet them, but I did meet Buzz. He had no line at all!
Is Early Morning Magic worth it?
Much like the Disney After Hours event, Early Morning Magic is a great way to experience the parks with little to no wait. Plus, with Early Morning Magic you also get a great breakfast!
To maximize time, my suggestion would be to explore Toy Story Land from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Since the ABC Commissary will be serving your complimentary breakfast until 10:00 a.m., you could set aside time for breakfast from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. to ensure that you don’t “waste” time eating breakfast during crucial Early Morning Magic hours. After that you’re free to enjoy the rest of the day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
We hope you enjoyed this recap of Disney’s Early Morning Magic at Toy Story Land! Thank you again to Disney for inviting us to this event so we could bring you this sneak peek! For more on Toy Story Land, check out this issue of WDW Magazine.