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  • On Jul 6, 2022
    Jill 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.

    Hello, I am a florida resident and am purchasing discount resident tickets for my niece and nephews. I was not planning on going with them to the theme parks. Would I be able to purchase and activate the tickets prior to them going to the park?

    Hey There, Jill!

    Welcome to planDisney and thanks so much for stopping by with your question.  You definitely win the award for "Coolest Aunt" –– it's so sweet that you're planning to purchase Walt Disney World theme park admission for your niece and nephews!  I'm happy to share a few details about how Florida Resident tickets work to help you plan for their upcoming visit.

    As a Florida Resident, you'll be able to purchase tickets for your niece and nephews as long as they are under the age of 18 –– if they're 18 or over, you would need to purchase standard non-resident theme park admission for their visit.  If you're not planning to visit Walt Disney World theme parks with your family, there are a few options for validating your residency so the tickets can be activated.  If you have a Florida driver's license, state-issued ID card, or Florida-based military ID, you should be able to verify your Florida residency on the Walt Disney World website at the time you purchase the tickets.  If you don't have access to one of these types of ID, you can also provide proof of a Florida residential address in person ahead of time at any theme park ticketing window or Guest Relations location, including the Guest Relations location at Disney Springs.  

    One word of caution, though –– when I've spoken to Cast Members about activating tickets ahead of time in the past, they've told me that if possible, it's best that the Florida resident is present the first time the ticket is used.  That way, in the unlikely event there's a problem using the ticket, you're available to reverify your residency, if needed.  Should this happen and you aren't present to provide proof of residency, there's a chance your niece and nephews would need to pay the difference in price between the Florida resident rate and the standard ticket rate in order to enter the park.

    Again, thanks for visiting planDisney, Jill.  I hope this helped to answer your question and I'm wishing your family lots of pixie dust during their upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort!

    Have a Magical Day,
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