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  • On Mar 12, 2023
    Roger from SC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, arriving 14 May for 12 nights. Do you need to check into hotel on arrival day to be able to take advantage of early park entry? I’m going on military rate so I know I have to check in at desk instead of going straight to room. Thank you, Roger

    Welcome to planDisney, Roger!

    I'd always recommend people stay at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel. With their unique storytelling, delightful theming, and legendary customer service, Disney Resorts truly immerse you in the magic. There are also loads of magical benefits available to Guests staying on property, such as complimentary transportation and Early Theme Park Entry.

    Speaking of Early Theme Park Entry, this is one of my favorite benefits for Disney Resort Guests. Getting that 30-minute jump start on your day is a great opportunity to enjoy 1 or 2 popular attractions before the theme park opens to everyone. When combined with Disney Genie+, you can get so much done in the morning, allowing you to take it easier in the afternoon when crowd levels are at their peak.

    Now, unfortunately, Roger, you do have to check in to your hotel before you can take advantage of this benefit. I know that's not the answer you wanted to hear. If possible, you can always drive or take an Uber/Lyft to your hotel, check-in, and then make your way to the theme park. You might just have to have an EXTRA early start. Hopefully, this will just be a small bump in the road and you'll still be able to enter the park early. 

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney, Roger. I hope you have a magical trip!

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