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  • On Feb 2, 2022
    Jennifer from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    In March, I going to The Quest Cheer Competition. I have AK reserved for Sat, 3/12 but I am concerned that if I am unable to get to AK because the competition takes all day, will I be able to hop to MK or Epcot if I have not physically visited AK?

    Hiya there, Jennifer!

    How exciting that you get to have double the fun with a cheer competition and some time in the parks at Walt Disney World Resort! I have some extra pep in my step just thinking about it! A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I competed in a softball tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. I still remember how much fun I had making memories both on the field and in the parks with my teammates!

    In order to park hop, you must scan into the park where you made a reservation. So, if you currently have reserved Disney's Animal Kingdom through the Disney Park Pass Reservation System for that day, you must scan into that park before visiting others. Since Disney's Animal Kingdom usually boasts the earliest closing time of any of the parks (yay for peaceful nights for the animals), this is likely the only park you'd have trouble entering if the competition runs long. I think you have two solid options in this scenario.

    1) Cancel your park pass reservation for Disney's Animal Kingdom that day and reserve a park that has later evening hours. I personally love the Harmonious nighttime spectacular at EPCOT! I love to end my night with this magical performance in the sky and I, of course, can't resist grabbing a late night snack on my way out!

    2) Keep your current park pass reservation for Disney's Animal Kingdom and keep an eye on the Theme Park Reservation Availability Calendar as the date approaches. Green means all parks are still available, yellow means some parks are available and gray means all parks are full. This is a riskier strategy, but if Disney's Animal Kingdom is really a top priority for you, it may be worth a try. If the day of the competition, you see that all parks are still available and the cheering is taking just a bit longer than anticipated, you could cancel your park pass reservation at that time and book a new one.

    Jennifer, I personally am a "better safe than sorry" kind of person, so I recommend booking a park that will be a sure-thing that day! That way you can focus on the cheer competition in peace knowing that your park visit is already secured! Luckily, the park availability for March is still looking promising, so you have time to rework your plans to fit your cheer competition schedule.

    As you continue planning for your upcoming stay, keep in mind all of the possibilities available at Disney Springs! This was my favorite place to freely hang out with my teammates and is still a go-to spot for me when traveling with a larger group. There are so many dining and shopping options to keep everyone full of cheer! Also, if you top off your night with a tasty dessert from Amorette's Patisserie, the competition doesn't stand a chance!

    Happy planning, Jennifer!

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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