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  • On Jan 13, 2023
    Ricki from AB Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Im bombarding you! Sorry! You are just so helpful … in your experience, better to book your first LL for later in the day (after park hop) then start booking LLs 2 hrs after that for closer to the time you are now? Or start booking early for where you?

    Hi, Ricki! Welcome back to planDisney. It is our pleasure to help you.

    I see you will arrive at the Happiest Place on Earth next week! How exciting!

    If you love attractions and like to prioritize riding as many as you can, then I recommend booking your Lightning Lanes as soon as you enter the Theme Park--especially if you are going to be Park Hopping that day. 

    I always like to rope-drop (arriving before the parks open) and begin at Fantasyland. The reason is twofold, 1) we have a child in our party, and 2) there are almost no Lightning Lane attractions in Fantasyland. If you are there early, you'll be surprised at how many attractions you can experience in a short amount of time. 

    Remember that at 1:00 p.m. you can officially park-hop and begin reserving your Lightning Lanes for the park you are hopping to, even if you haven't entered yet!

    Tip: set an alarm on your phone for the next time you can book a Lightning Lane, so you don't forget. And remember that once you scan in at a Lightning Lane attraction, you can book your next one.

    Ricki, I hope this information is helpful to you. And no matter how many attractions you'll ride on your visit, I know you'll have a fantastic time because you will be with your loved ones in the Happiest Place on Earth!

    Your Pal,
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Hola from California! I am a lifelong Disney fan, wife, and mamá. I planned my first Disney vacation at thirteen and have not stopped since! Being a Californian, I have had the privilege of visiting Disneyland Resort my whole life. It is my happy place and feels like home. And now that we are parents, my husband and I especially love vacationing at Disney with our son. I am excited to help you plan your next vacation in both English and Spanish! Learn More About Alejandra

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