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  • On Mar 7, 2021
    Nicole from NE Asked

    My family and I are staying off a Disney resort but are planning visit this June. We do have elders and littles ones who may want to leave the park, head back to the house freshen up and come back. Do we have to re pay for parking and can we renter park?

    Hi Nicole,

    Welcome back to planDisney! I sure hope you and your family are having a blast dreaming about all the magic and fun you'll enjoy on your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! It may still seem far away now, but it will be here before you know it, and with Mouseketeers of all ages, you're going to create memories together that your entire family will cherish for a lifetime!

    I'm happy to let you know that yes, you'll be able to come and go as you'd like from the theme park during the day without needing to repay for parking. Your parking fee will be valid for the entire day, even if you have the Park Hopper option added to your tickets and you visit multiple parks. While you'll need to go through health screening, security, and ticketing again, you'll have no trouble reentering the theme park if you take a midday break!

    You are certainly free to enjoy your Disney day however you'd like, but I do want to propose another idea instead since you're staying offsite. If you consider that by the time you make your way to the exit of the theme park, walk to your vehicle (which also requires a monorail or ferryboat ride if you're at Magic Kingdom Park), drive back home, rest, return to the parking lot, journey back into the park, and go through the necessary steps for reentry, you could have missed several hours of prime park experiences. If the parks are open for 9-12 hours or so each day, that's a big chunk of your day! When my kiddos were little, we'd still have nap time each day, but they'd nap in their strollers. My husband and I would use that time to take advantage of Rider Switch to experience the attractions they weren't quite ready for yet. And now when we visit with grandparents, we often slow down a bit in the middle of the day to enjoy a delicious meal together or sit indoors (in the air conditioning!) to enjoy one of our favorite shows like Mickey's PhilharMagic or The American Adventure. Don't forget that there are also relaxation stations located around all four theme parks where you can spread out, safely remove your facial coverings, and rest a bit. Staying put to relax in the parks is only a suggestion to help you get the most out of your theme park tickets! Of course, when we do that, we don't usually plan more than two full park days back to back without some time off planned in between to sleep in and enjoy our Disney Resort hotel. Overly tired Mouseketeers (of any age!) aren't very magical!

    Please feel free to keep your great questions coming, Nicole. However you decide to spend your days, I hope you and your entire family have a truly magical vacation this summer!

    Missy
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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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