Grandparents with children and Character
  • On Jul 20, 2023
    Amy from NL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Am I able to add an additional person to an existing reservation? If we originally booked a vacation package with park tickets, do we have to add tickets to the new person we are adding? We have a grandparent that wants to join but not attend the parks.

    Hello there, Amy!

    Welcome to planDisney. I'm so glad to hear you have a fall trip planned. It's one of my favorite times of year to visit Walt Disney World Resort, so you're in for a real treat!

    When it comes to booking a room and ticket vacation package, all guests will need to have the same package features, including ticket entitlements. If you were to call in to add additional guests, they'd receive the same number of ticketed days and ticket type, depending on whether you booked 1-park per day or Park Hopper Option tickets.

    I understand that a full day in the parks might be too much for the grandparent in question, so I contacted a Cast Member about alternate options. They let me know that even though they can't add someone to an existing package without tickets, you should be able to visit the Front Desk of your resort upon arrival and add the additional family member as a day guest, subject to room capacity. This would give them access to your resort room and amenities, without the same theme park access as the rest of your party. Since you'll be traveling a good distance, I'd recommend calling (407) 934-7639 about your existing tickets prior to arrival to ensure your particular room can accommodate an additional adult. A friendly Cast Member will be able to review the specific details of your package and resort room.

    I want to mention that even though your relative might not want to participate in some of the more thrilling attractions around the parks, there is still plenty of magic to enjoy together. Magic Kingdom Park is home to many attractions and entertainment options suitable for all ages and activity levels like Happily Ever After, my personal favorite evening spectacular, and classics like Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress or character experiences like Enchanted Tales with Belle. My own family is hoping to visit with my grandmother in the near future, and though she won't be able to board  Space Mountain, she is excited to watch the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade and listen to the soothing sounds of The Dapper Dans on Main Street, U.S.A., preferably with a Mickey Pretzel in hand.

    Keep in mind, your tickets will allow you to enter and exit the park at will throughout the day, so you can always plan to spend just the morning together or meet up later in the evening when temperatures begin to cool. If you decide to modify your existing package to include your grandparent, we'd be happy to offer some additional suggestions and recommendations to help them enjoy each of the parks. 

    I hope this was helpful. From one Amy to another, I'm wishing you the most magical vacation!

    Adventure is out there,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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