Art of Animation Pool Resorts and More
  • On Dec 20, 2021
    Corey from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have never been to Disney and would like to stay at the cheapest resort between April 1st and April 7th. I also need to know if I can purchase tickets for the same price without bundling it. Also, what is genie+? I would like to speak with a travel agent

    Hello Corey,

    Thanks for visiting us here at planDisney. It's really exciting to hear you're planning your first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. There's simply so much magic awaiting you when you visit!

    As you get started, it's helpful to know that you'll need both valid theme park admission and valid theme park reservations for your theme park visits. It's helpful to start by checking out the Theme Park Reservation Availability calendar. The calendar will show you which theme parks have reservations available to select for the dates you'd like to visit. After you purchase your theme park tickets, either by purchasing tickets separately or by purchasing theme park tickets as part of a vacation package that includes a Resort hotel stay, you can make your theme park reservations using the Disney Park Pass system

    The best way to search for your Resort stay options is to use the "Explore Resort Hotels" search features. You can enter your travel dates and your travel party information, and then find Resorts that could be a good fit for your plans. You'll notice that you can use the "Filter By" features to customize your search results to fit your plans and your travel budget. For example, you could filter the "Resort Category" to show you Value Resort Hotels like Disney's Pop Century Resort and Disney's Art of Animation Resort. Another option to consider is to expand your search beyond the Disney Resorts Collection of hotels and look at accommodations in the "More Great Accommodations" category.

    You can purchase theme park tickets separately, or you can add theme park tickets to a Walt Disney World Resort vacation package.

    The new Disney Genie+ service is a service you could purchase (currently priced at $15 per ticket per day) as an add-on to your theme park tickets. With the Disney Genie+ service, which works with the My Disney Experience mobile app, you would be able to choose the next available return time to experience select attractions in each of the theme parks. Think of it as a service to help you spend less time waiting in the standby lines for attractions. 

    If you would like some help in booking your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, you can call the Walt Disney World Resort at (407)-934-7639 and speak with a Cast Member who can assist you. If you are interested in working with a travel agent, my best suggestion is to do a quick website search for the phrase "Authorized Disney Vacation Planner," which is a special distinction given to travel agencies who specialize in booking Disney destination vacations. An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner can offer you free services to help you plan and book your vacation package. 

    Corey, I hope these tips help you get started planning a wonderful Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Jerry, Pennsylvania

The playful and creative optimism of all things Disney has enthralled me since I was a kid. I loved watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on Sunday nights, seeing all the live-action and animated classics in theaters, and — of course — visiting "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for the first time 45 years ago. These days, the big kid in me still loves to play Disney. As a long-time Disney destinations vacationer, I'm looking forward to helping you play Disney starting here at planDisney! Learn More About Jerry

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