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  • On Dec 3, 2022
    Na lae from BC 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'm planning on arriving early in the morning to Orlando. Can I still book the individual lightening lane on the day of check-in at 7am before actually checking into the Disney resort hotel?

    Hello Na Lae!  Welcome to planDisney.

    Guests may purchase up to 2 different Individual Lightning Lane attractions per day.  Guests of Disney Resorts Collection hotels, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, and Shades of Green may purchase beginning at 7:00 am on the date of their visit.  All other Guests may purchase Individual Lightning Lane attractions beginning at the scheduled park opening time.

    You'll be happy to know that you are considered a Disney Resort Hotel Guest for the entirety of your check-in and check-out days, so you will be able to make your Individual Lightning Lane purchase at 7:00 am on your date of check-in.  My friends and I actually did just this a few weeks ago -- one member of our party purchased an Individual Lightning Lane attraction for our group from her home airport just prior to boarding her flight to Orlando!  She was able to select a time window that fit with the rest of our plans for that day.  Be sure your Disney Resort Hotel reservation is linked to your My Disney Experience account.

    For a seamless arrival experience, I highly recommend completing the Online Check-In on the My Disney Experience website (under "My Plans") or mobile app (use the menu button to select "Resort Hotel").  This way, when your room is ready, you'll get a notification and can go directly to your room, bypassing check-in at the Front Desk.  Although official check-in time is not until 3 pm (or 4 pm for Deluxe Villa Resorts), on occasion I have been lucky enough for my room to be ready earlier in the day.  If you will arrive at your Disney Resort Hotel prior to your room being ready, check your bags with Bell Services and head out to enjoy your day.  You can pick up your bags when you return, or request Bell Services to deliver them to your room.

    Na Lae, I hope this information has been helpful.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to visit us here at planDisney again.  Enjoy your stay!

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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