The gates in the picture are opened to reveal the electronic turnstiles which admit guests approximately half an hour before the Park attractions begin to operate. The gates themselves open about ten minutes prior to the turnstiles opening and just before the crowds, lining up at the hotel grounds gates, are admitted. Although deserted in the shot above, the guests will be lining up forty or fifty deep at each of about twelve operating turnstiles about 5 minutes after the hotel grounds gates open.


Tip: if you have young children and you want to give them a special surprise, line them up at the centre turnstile and catch the eye of the cast member who will stroll in front of the turnstiles, looking for a young child (about 7 or 8) to 'open' the Park with Mickey about two minutes before opening time.

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The Turnstiles