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  • On Feb 17, 2022
    Alycia 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.

    Hello! I am currently planning our first WDW trip, and heard that depending on which resort level you stay in (value, moderate, deluxe) determines early entry into the park? If so, which resorts mean early entry to which parks? Thank you!!

    Howdy partner! Welcome to planDisney, Alycia.

    You had me grinning from EAR to EAR when I read that you're visiting Walt Disney World for the first time in... well, forever! With the 50th Anniversary Celebration happening right now, you've chosen a practically perfect time to visit. Get ready for your joy to soar to infinity and beyond!

    Since this is your first time, I can understand why you want to maximize your time at the Theme Parks. Staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel is definitely the way to do that. There are so many benefits to staying on property, such as convenient (and complimentary) transportation and extra time in the Theme Parks. Every Guest staying at a Disney Resort (whether that's a Value, Moderate, or Deluxe Resort) can take advantage of early Theme Park entry. This 30-minute head start means that you'll be able to ride some of the more popular attractions before crowds get busy. And here's some good news: you can enjoy this benefit on each day of your stay—in any park!

    Guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels or Disney Deluxe Villas can enjoy the extra benefit of extended evening hours in select Theme Parks on select nights. This is my very favorite time in the parks due to the romantic ambiance and shorter wait times.

    Alycia, did you know that Walt Disney World is famous for its world-class food? There are so many wonderful places to eat! Since you're visiting within the next two months, I'd encourage you to make dining reservations as soon as possible since availability is limited. If you're having trouble choosing, then I recently enjoyed a fantastic meal at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' located at Disney Springs. You could even enjoy a delectable cookie from Gideon's Bakehouse afterward! 

    Alycia, I am so excited for you to experience the magic of Walt Disney World for the first time. If you'd like ideas for your trip, then my fellow planDisney panelists have lots of suggestions. You should also feel free to ask us any questions you might have in the build-up to your trip.

    "Go. Live your dream."


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Meet the Panelist: Mike, Virginia

I'm Mike, a Disney-loving "scouser." I have a wonderful wife and two young children who share my obsession for all things Disney. I've always been enchanted by the magic of Walt Disney World Resort - the charming music, captivating beauty, enthralling attractions, and breathtaking shows spark my imagination and fill me with a sense of awe. I'm perpetually planning my next Disney adventure! If you're interested in makin' memories at "The Most Magical Place on Earth" then you've got a friend in me.
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