Family with balloons at Grand Floridian
  • On Feb 25, 2022
    Donald from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can I make an individual Lightning Lane purchase, at 7:00 AM, before I have the opportunity to check into my WDW resort?

    Welcome back to planDisney, Donald! We're so glad to see you again!

    Can you believe that your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is now less than a month away? Well, hold on to your hat, Donald, because it is bound to be a wild ride with something fabulous to enjoy at every turn. Did you know that your visit lines up with the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival? Just wait until you try the incredible food from the many outdoor kitchens featuring cuisine from all over the globe. I definitely recommend checking out the Foodie Guide on Disney Parks Blog for a sneak peek of the festival menu. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for the awesome topiary sculptures of your favorite Disney characters located throughout the festival. They really are incredibly cool!

    Now, on to your question! I am happy to share that you can absolutely make your Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane selections starting at 7 a.m. on the day of your arrival, even if you're still on your way to your Disney Resorts Collection Hotel. In fact, on my most recent trip to Walt Disney World, I was still in NY at the airport at 7 a.m. but was able to make my Individual Lightning Lane Selections for later in the day, right from the JFK Airport! How cool is that?

    Keep in mind that with Individual Lightning Lanes, you can choose from the list of available return times, so I recommend picking one later in the day. This way, you have enough time to check into your hotel, drop off your bags with Bell Services, and freshen up a bit before heading off to the parks for your day of fun and adventure! However, with Disney Genie+ Lightning Lanes, you will only be able to reserve the next available time, so be sure to make a note before finalizing your selection to make sure you can get to the attraction in time.

    Donald, I hope your upcoming Walt Disney World Vacation is a magical adventure! We hope to see you again soon to answer any other questions you may have!

    Until next time,
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Meet the Panelist: Diana, New York

Hiya! I'm Diana from New York, and I'm so excited to help you plan your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Whether you're planning your first trip or just visiting "For the First Time in Forever," with all that Walt Disney World has to offer, it's easy to feel like you're headed "Into the Unknown." Just remember, "You've Got a Friend in Me!" So, let me be a "Part of Your World" to lend a helping hand as you plan your most magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Diana

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