Mickey’s Backyard BBQ

Approximately how much time should be allowed to go from the Contemporary to Fort Wilderness’ Backyard BBQ? In other words, how long is the boat ride…and how early do we need to get there. We have reserved premium seating, which they say gets you to a table near the stage.

I would allow a minimum of 2 hours personally, probably 2.5 hours. And if you find you have down time, check out the area at Ft. Wilderness.

This is directly from the Mickey Backyard BBQ page on MDE.

Getting Here
Please read the following transportation information and directions well in advance of your reservation date.

As this experience is quite popular, we recommend you arrive 50 minutes before the scheduled starting time, with seating beginning up to 20 minutes prior to the event.
Guests Using Disney Resort Transportation
Please allow sufficient travel and transfer time, as there is no direct route between your Resort hotel and Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
Guests Using Their Own Vehicles
You will be directed to park at the entrance to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground or—during major holiday periods—at a nearby satellite lot. Please allow an additional 30 minutes for bus transportation from your parking location to the event.
Guests Taking the Ferry from Magic Kingdom Park
Allow up to one hour and 30 minutes travel time.

The boat ride is really quick, sometimes it is the wait for the wait that takes the longest. There is also a short walk to the BBQ site once you set there.

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