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  • On Jan 25, 2021
    Steven from TX Asked

    If we book a hotel on Disney property then are we guaranteed to be able to go to the parks we want to go to and in the order that we want to go to them? Also, at there parts of the park (i.e. Star Wars) that we would have to make additional reservations?

    Hey there, Steven. I personally love staying on property while vacationing at Walt Disney World. The magic totally encompasses you throughout the entire stay whether at one of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks riding rides, lounging by the pool or enjoying a delicious dinner at Disney Springs.

    Right now because of the current circumstances, visiting the Walt Disney World Theme Parks does look a bit different. On top of needing valid theme park admission, Guests are also required to make a Park Pass Reservation for one theme park each day they'd like to visit. The reservation system is broken down into three categories - Disney Resort Guests, Theme Park Ticket Holders and Annual Passholders. Each of those categories has their own capacity limitations. Being a Walt Disney World Resort Guest does give you the biggest advantage when making Park Pass Reservations. There is always plenty of availability on that calendar. If you have your heart set on certain parks for certain days, being a resort Guest is the best way to guarantee you'll get a spot. Of course, you can take a look at the availability calendar at any time and see what's available for all categories and then pick what works best for you. Also, keep in mind that Park Hopping has officially returned to Walt Disney World. Park Hopping is when you visit multiple Walt Disney World Theme Parks in one day. Of course, right now, Park Hopping looks a little bit different too.

    Here's what to expect:
    • Guests wishing to Park Hop must have valid theme park admission with the park hopper option
    • Guests must make a theme park reservation for the day they wish to hop at a particular park
    • Guests will need to scan into the park with the reservation
    • After 2:00 p.m. Guests will be able to visit other Walt Disney World Theme Parks subject to capacity limitations
    • Guests will not need to make additional park reservations for hopping that same day
    If you aren't able to secure a park pass reservation for a certain park on a certain day, park hopping is a great alternative for you. Once you are inside a Walt Disney World Theme Park, you won't have to make additional reservations to visit lands or areas within the park. Right now, the FastPass+ system is currently unavailable which means when you want to visit a certain attraction, you'll just wait in the standby queue until it's your turn. The only exception here is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance which is located in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios. This attraction is so popular they've implemented what's called a virtual queue. To join the virtual queue on the day you'll be visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios you'll need to have the MyDisneyExperience app downloaded on your smartphone. The virtual queue opens each morning at 7:00 a.m. and again at 1:00 p.m. for Guests to join the line. What's nice about the morning time is that you don't actually have to be at the park yet. Around 6:50 a.m. you'll want to open up the app and make sure you're logged in. Right at 7:00 a.m. you'll want to click the button on the home screen that says "join the virtual queue". Once there it will walk you through selecting Guests and if you are lucky assign you a boarding group. Throughout the day boarding groups are called via the app to return to the attraction. If you miss out on the morning boarding groups you will have another chance to join the queue at 1:00 pm.

    I hope this helps, Steven. If you have any other questions, please come back and ask. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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