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  • On Mar 21, 2023
    Tom from England 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, On our first day we won’t arrive until 4pm, does this mean we would need to book a park or could we just enter a park without a reservation, as it we won’t be able to attend until after 2pm. Thank you!

    Hiya, Tom! Welcome to planDisney!

    Oh boy, I'm so excited to hear that you're making plans to visit Walt Disney World Resort! With so much to see and do, you're sure to have an extra special trip. Like you, I can't wait to step foot into the magic and I often plan to visit the parks on my arrival day. I'd love to help you with your plans!

    Tom, theme park reservations made with the Disney Park Pass system are required in order to visit the parks during your trip. That means that, even if you arrive only in the evening, you'll still need a theme park reservation for that day. The only slight differences would be for Annual Passholders or Guests who have tickets that include the Park Hopper Option. With a ticket that includes the Park Hopper Option, a theme park reservation is required for the first park of the day, but not required for the second park that you "hop" to after 2 PM. However, Guests would still need to tap into the first park that they've made a theme park reservation for before hopping, no matter what time of day it is. If you have more questions about this, please write back again – I'm happy to help!

    Before you arrive, I'd also suggest taking a little time to download and explore the My Disney Experience app. This feels a little like holding a magic wand in your hand, allowing you to unlock everything that Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. You'll be able to view park maps, check wait times for attractions, access virtual queues, and even mobile order food! This is a great way to minimize waits and maximize the fun.

    Sending you all the faith, trust, and pixie dust for an extra magical trip!

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