• On May 4, 2017
    Theresa from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are arriving on the 19th of August our Disney resort reservation doesn't start until August 21st. Can we use our Tickets/ Magic bands to get into the parks or Water parks before the 21st. Thank you.

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Theresa! I’m glad you stopped by with your question. We’re happy to help!

    Theresa, once you receive your MagicBands for your Walt Disney World Vacation, they are active and ready to be used! If your resort stay doesn’t begin until after you arrive, you can still use begin the fun and use the tickets you purchased prior to when you are set to check in to your Disney Resort hotel. Just make sure everything is linked up and ready in your My Disney Experience account so you can enjoy the magic as soon as you get there! 

    Have you locked in all your FastPass+ and Advanced Dining Reservations? As a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guest, you get some added benefits to your stay, like early access to FP+! You can begin booking those up to 60 days in advance. Also, be sure to note when the Extra Magic Hours are scheduled at each theme park so you can enjoy more of the magic with those extended hours only available to resort guests! Lastly, don’t forget to book your favorite restaurants as well. You can begin booking these up to 180 days in advance. The popular ones do fill up quickly, so don’t delay in making those reservations! 

    I hope you have a magical time during your stay! Do come back and see us again soon. We’d love to help you continue planning your vacation to the most magical place on earth! 

    Have a pixie dust filled day! 

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Meet the Panelist: Emille, Florida

Hi! My name is Emille. I’m a mom of two and wife to a wonderful fellow Disney nerd! As a current Florida resident and Annual Passholder, I love being able to visit the Walt Disney World Resort frequently. When I’m not at the Parks, you can find me leading worship at my local church or traveling with a prison ministry I sing and speak for. I look forward to answering your questions and sharing some of my favorite tips to help you plan your next magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Emille

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