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  • On Oct 21, 2022
    Thomas from PA 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 am flying into Orlando early afternoon. I won’t be able to check into my Disney resort until 3pm. Can I purchase an individual lightning lane at 7am? Or do I need to wait until the park opens since I won’t technically be checked in yet?

    Hey there, Thomas, and welcome to planDisney! Thanks for stopping by the panel with your question! Your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is quickly approaching, and it’s great to have you heave putting the final planning touches on your trip!

    Thomas, the best part of a Walt Disney World Vacation is that it begins the morning of your arrival date, even if you are on the other side of the country! As long as you have a Theme Park Reservation and Theme Park Tickets for your arrival date, your resort privileges begin at 12:01 a.m. EST on the morning of your arrival. With this in mind, you can purchase your Individual Lightning Lane Entrances at 7 a.m. EST even though you will not arrive at the resort until the afternoon. There is no need to check in first because you are considered a Disney Resorts Collection hotel Guest for the entire day! You can also check in through your My Disney Experience Mobile App to save a trip to the Resort Hotel Front Desk. When you check in with the app, you are automatically notified when your hotel room is ready. This means you can drop your bags at Bell Services and head straight to the Theme Parks to get the vacation started! 

    I hope this helps, Thomas! If you have more questions while planning your Disney Vacation, please stop back by and let me know!

    You’ve got a friend in me, 

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Meet the Panelist: Phillip, Alabama

Hi there! I’m Phillip from Alabama and you can consider me your skipper. I love helping families navigate the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney planning is like a trip through a jungle - there may be twists and turns but with a little patience and pixie dust I’m here to help you have the most magical time! Learn More About Phillip

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