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  • On Jan 1, 2024
    Rosalind from AB Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi - should we buy our Disney tickets now or wait until after January 9th for our planned trip February 17-25? Hearing there are changes coming? for 7 day pass will we need to make park reservations? Any changes to Genie+/Lightning lanes?

    Hey there, hi there, ho there, Rosalind!

    You're as welcome as can be here at planDisney. We're so happy you've stopped by with an excellent Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning question! It looks like you're planning a special visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth and looking for some guidance on theme park tickets. I'd be glad to help you navigate your theme park ticket purchase!

    Rosalind, beginning January 9, 2024, Guests with date-based theme park tickets will no longer need to make theme park reservations to visit a Walt Disney World Resort theme park. This is great news - it will mean more flexibility for Guests visiting The Most Magical Place on Earth! I'm happy to inform you that, regardless of when you purchase your theme park tickets, since your visit is after that date, you will not need to make theme park reservations for any date-based tickets you purchase! You are welcome to purchase your theme park tickets online or by reaching out to the friendly Cast Members at the Disney Park Tickets phone line.

    While the theme park reservation policy is changing in early January, I'm glad to share that, at this time, Disney Genie+ service and the availability of Lightning Lane entrances will remain unchanged, Rosalind. Once you arrive on-site at the Walt Disney World Resort, be sure to download the My Disney Experience mobile app so that you may purchase Disney Genie+ service to help you maximize your time in the theme parks! For each ticketed day on which you purchase Disney Genie+ service, you'll be able to make Lightning Lane entry selections to help you experience as many attractions as possible throughout the day. With this tool, you'll be able to make your first selections beginning at 7:00 a.m., so set your alarms!

    Rosalind, I hope you've found this information helpful as you continue to count down the days until your magical vacation! If you have any additional planning questions, you're always welcome to revisit us at planDisney. We're here to help you make the most of your wonderful Walt Disney World Resort vacations!

    Warm wishes,

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Michigan

Hello friends! I'm Lauren M. from the Mitten State. I'm a mom, scientist, runDisney enthusiast, Disney Vacation Club Member, and self-proclaimed connoisseur of Disney snacks! For my family, it's a mix of both new and nostalgic that keeps us returning to the Walt Disney World Resort year after year. Throughout my life, I've been fortunate enough to experience many milestones and unforgettable moments at Disney Destinations and I can't wait to help you make magical vacation memories of your own! Learn More About Lauren

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