Cinderella Castle 50th Night
  • On Jul 9, 2022
    John from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I book the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Area through my Hilton app and purchase my park tickets through Disney, will I still be eligible for all the perks as if I booked everything directly through Disney? Early entrance? Genie+ 7am?

    Hiya John,

    Welcome back to planDisney. I am so glad you stopped by with this question. This is the perfect time to visit as there is even more magic and exciting things to see during The Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration. I am also a Hilton Honors member and thanks to my many work trips, I build up a pretty decent cache of Hilton points. We actually used my points this past November to squeeze in a bonus trip to see the holiday decorations at Walt Disney World, and the hotel we stayed at was Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace. 

    While this resort is missing some of the pixie dust and magic you find at the Walt Disney World resorts, the great thing is Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace is an official Walt Disney World resort and offers a number of the perks you would receive at the other Walt Disney World resorts. While the resort is not owned by Walt Disney World, thus the reason you can use your Hilton Honors reward points, it is located on Walt Disney World property and sits directly across from Disney Springs. As a guest at Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace, you will be able to participate in the Early Theme Park Entry as well as make your first Disney Genie+ selection at 7am EST.

    We really like this resort, and love that it is a short walk over a pedestrian bridge to Disney Springs, but there are a few things you will not have access to. One, you cannot charge to your room from the Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs shopping locations. Two, the Walt Disney World Resort Transportation does not operate at this hotel. The hotel does offer its own shuttle service but it does not always run continuously so you will want to check the schedule. You can use the Disney buses from Disney Springs but remember, those buses do not run directly to the theme parks.  Lastly, while you are able to make Genie+ selections at 7, only guests staying at an actual Walt Disney World Resort will be able to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane attraction at 7:00am EST. This was the biggest drawback we found while trying to obtain a time for Rise of the Resistance. 

    I hope you find this information helpful. Be sure to check out the resort's lazy river. It is a great place to relax and recharge before hitting the theme parks again. If you need any additional planning help, please stop back and see me

    With pixie dust, 

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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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