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  • On Feb 24, 2020
    Shannan from Queensland Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My daughter's team will be attending the Summit Cheer competition. The team is staying at one of the All Star Resorts. Will Disney provide Park Hopper Ticket information and room reservation prior to arrival so we can book Fast Pass and Magic Bands?

    Hi Shannan! 

    Let the competition begin! As a former high school cheerleading coach, I can imagine the preparation your daughter's team has endured to get ready for the Summit All Star Cheerleading Championship. I also remember the stress - the uniforms, hair, routine, and, my greatest worry, the stunts.

    Although I have not taken a team to any of the cheer competitions at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, I have taken groups to and attended other group events at the Walt Disney World Resort, so I can provide some information that hopefully will be helpful. First, with every group event I have attended or organized, the group leaders have shared detailed information on resort hotel and theme park ticket group rates. In some cases, each individual has then been able to contact the Walt Disney World Resort to make room reservations with the group block and purchase theme park tickets at special rates. OR, I have organized group travel to the Walt Disney World Resort, booked the rooms for everyone, and then emailed everyone their room confirmation numbers. So, be sure to check with your daughter's team organizers to verify how they want you to book the rooms. In the meantime, here is the information we have regarding the Summit Cheer Championship!

    If you review the Signature Events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and scroll down to the Summit Championship, click on the link for pricing and info to see detailed information on the event, including discount ticket information and hotel, travel, and ticket frequently asked questions. The discounted ticket information does include Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper® Option. If you click on the link for Online Registration, you should see information on the Travel Package that includes hotel accommodations for this event.

    Once you decide how you are booking your resort hotel and once you purchase your theme park tickets, make sure that you create a My Disney Experience Account online so that you can link the resort hotel and theme park tickets to your account. Also, if possible, download the My Disney Experience Mobile App so that you can track and update your plans while in the parks and resorts.

    After linking your resort hotel and theme park tickets in My Disney Experience, you can make advanced dining reservations and FastPass+ selections. Get everything linked as soon as possible because we are within the 180-day window for advanced dining reservations and just about at the 60-day window for making FastPass+ selections! If the team wants to do a meal together while in the parks, someone will need to make an advanced dining reservation if they have not already. In my experience, it has been challenging (but not impossible) to find a restaurant that can accommodate larger parties at a time that you can pull everyone together to eat given the competition schedule. I suggest a meal to celebrate after the competition - celebrate their All-Star performance and celebrate your own survival!

    Shannan, I know cheer competition travel can be stressful. But I also have witnessed the joy when young people achieve more than they hoped. Just keep that in mind as you try to remain calm in the midst of planning chaos!

    Most of all, keep telling your daughter and her team to DREAM BIG.

    Magic and memories,
    Donyell
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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