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  • On Sep 11, 2023
    Mary from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When booking a lightening lane at 7am, will the park start showing return times starting at 8:30am or 9:00am, when the Park officially opens. I will be staying in a Disneyworld hotel, so I’m talking about early hours.

    Hi there, Mary!  Thanks for bringing your question to planDisney!

    I'm so glad to hear that you're planning to maximize the magic of your theme park day by purchasing the Disney Genie+ service.  Be sure to make your Disney Genie+ purchase prior to 7:00 a.m. each day as that is the time when you'll be able to make your first Lightning Lane selection.  Lightning Lane return times will begin at the park's official opening time.

    One of the best benefits of staying right in the middle of the magic at a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel is early theme park entry.  Disney Resort Hotel Guests can enter the theme parks 30 minutes before opening time each day.  While Lightning Lane entrances won't be available during early entry time, you'll still be able to accomplish quite a bit.  Since the park isn't yet open to the general public, wait times tend to be lower than usual during early theme park entry.  So grab a coffee and get ready to cross some must-do attractions off your vacation to-do list!

    Since you'll be visiting Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season, be sure to follow the Disney Parks Blog for all of the latest news about this year's holiday events and offerings.  The Panel Extras section of our planDisney website also has lots of tips for visiting The Most Magical Place on Earth during the most magical time of year.  As you plan for your vacation, feel free to visit us again at planDisney with any additional questions you might have.

    See ya real soon!
    Samantha
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Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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