Photography and Pre-RD Crystal Palace

I have an 8:25 pre-rope drop ADR at the Crystal Palace. Someone on the November Liner FB page has an 8 am ADR that she's willing to coordinate to give me. I'm not sure if I should take it or not. What do you think?

I know that 8 am is the gold-standard of pre-RD ADRs, but will the earliest time give me enough time to do some photography on the way in? I'd gotten used to the idea that I would have from about 7:45 to a bit after 8:00 to take pictures. I figured I'd check in a bit early. On the other hand, with an 8 am ADR I won't have to worry a bit about breakfast cutting into prime ride time. I don't know what to do! Help me decide please.

Never mind. The opportunity came to a head, so I took it. I hope I made the right decision. Does anybody want to join me for breakfast on 11/4? I have an ADR for 4 people now. smile

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We had an 8:05 ADR last month. As you have been to MK before I would say stick with later time and take your photos at your leisure

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i think you made a good choice. When we had an 8.05 ADR back in Jan, we were a bit disorganised and late and were walking down Main Street at just gone 8am - it was pretty busy - think your window for taking photos of an nice empty street would be long over by 8.25.

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Thanks you for your input @Ellen1976 and @Markgrowlands. I hope I did the right thing by taking the 8 am one! I'm not worried about being late. I'm very much a morning person, especially on vacation. I think it will be good. I'll aim to get to the MK gates at 8:40. That will maximize my photo taking time. I can always take photos later too, especially if I decide not to rush to any attractions.

In Jan. we had an 8:05 pre-rd ADR at CP. We got to MK at 7:25 and people were already lined up. They let us through the tapstiles at about 7:40, then they held us under the left tunnel another 5 minutes or so. People will be going for CRT and BBB appointments, so we had to wait a few minutes for them to get out of the way of our castle picture. smiley It's really awesome to see MS so empty! You will love it! We're doing it again next Jan. Here's a picture:

The weather wasn't the best, but it was still an awesome morning!

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Sally, we had an 8:25 CP breakfast on Saturday. We arrived at MK at 7:45. Plenty of time for photographs. MSUSA was not empty. Maybe it is less populated earlier in the morning.

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That spot will always remind me of 24 hour day and 'performing' in front of the live feed camera.

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@SallyEppcot, we were surprised at how little time we actually needed for the empty MS and family castle pics...probably about 15 mins. So, if you are in by 7:40 or so, you should be okay...even if you arrive a few mins after 8:00. Priceless pics for sure. smile

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Thanks @Jayzeeduck. I'll be by myself too, so I should be able to take scenery and detail photos pretty quickly without my kids distracting me. I'm sure it will be fine.

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That sounds excellent. Have a blast !! wink

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Do they confirm your ADR before letting you in the park? I would love to get in early to take pictures before the crowds!

Yes, you have to have an ADR to get into the park early. smile