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  • On Sep 27, 2023
    Thomas from MI 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 a vacation for several family members next year. We have a family member who lives in Florida but doesn't want to go to Disney. Can they purchase vacation packages at the Florida discount and not have to the parks and resorts?

    Hiya Thomas,

    Welcome to planDisney! Thank you so much for your question. In every family, there is one person who doesn't want to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth. Mine is my dad, and despite endless convincing, he still hasn't budged.

    Thomas, Walt Disney World Resort Vacation Packages are amazing! I love how they combine Theme Park tickets and a stay at one of the resort hotels. Even more magical is that they can be paid off over time, which makes them super budget-friendly. Unfortunately, Thomas, when you book a Walt Disney World Vacation Package at the Florida resident price, both the resort hotel and the Theme Park tickets require valid Florida Residency verification for all Guests over 17 years old. Since your Florida resident family member is not planning on joining you (and I'm guessing for your question, the rest of your party are not Florida residents), you could not take advantage of the Florida resident pricing. The great news, Thomas, is if you can convince your family member to join you as a Guest at a resort hotel (the pools alone would make me join in even if I didn't want to visit Theme Parks), then you can have them make a room-only reservation. Florida Residents are permitted to have non-Florida resident Guests stay in the room with them and still take advantage of the special pricing. However, you and any other Guests without Florida residency would need to purchase Theme Park tickets at the standard rate.

    I hope this was helpful, Thomas. Planning a vacation for a family can be so much fun (I'm planning one myself right now), but it can also be a challenge. If you need any additional tips and tricks, please come back and see us. We would be happy to help! Fingers crossed that you can get your family member to join in!

    Happy Planning!

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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