Tree of Life at Sunset
  • On May 2, 2021
    Iris from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What do you need to enter the park

    Hey there, Iris! Thanks for asking your question here at planDisney. It's always fun to see a fellow North Carolinian stop by. 

    I'm excited to see that you are thinking about planning a Walt Disney World vacation. Since the reopening of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks last summer, a few things do look a little bit different than they did before so I'm glad you asked. The first thing you are going to need to enter a Walt Disney World Theme Park is valid admission. Right now, you can purchase two types of tickets. You can choose a standard park ticket that allows you entry into one Walt Disney World theme park per day or you can upgrade to include the park hopper option which allows you to enter multiple Walt Disney World Theme Parks each day. There are no bad choices when it comes to the type of ticket that you buy and it really does just depend on what you want your daily itinerary to look like. After you've purchased your theme park tickets, the next thing you'll want to do is link them to your MyDisneyExperience account. If you don't already have an account, it's a simple process to set one up. MyDisneyExperience is the planning hub for your vacation. You'll be able to manage your tickets, make dining reservations, pay for things and see your itinerary there. Once your tickets are linked, there's one more thing you'll need to do. You are going to need to make what's called a park pass reservation. This is basically like your virtual placeholder at the theme park entrance, it reserves you a spot a the park. Because the parks are still operating at a limited capacity, sometimes the parks can be full for dates you might like to visit. Before purchasing your Walt Disney World theme park tickets, I highly encourage you to take a look at the availability calendar. The calendar is broken down into three categories - Guests with a resort stay, Theme Park ticket holders only and Annual Passholders. You want to make sure you are viewing the calendar that most pertains to you since they have different availability. If there is theme park availability and you've purchased and linked your tickets then you will head over to the park pass reservation website. There you will select your travel party and the date and park you wish to visit. If there is availability, you'll be taken to a confirmation page and you'll have the option to make another park pass reservation for a different day. Once you've made all of your park pass reservations, you'll be able to see them on your itinerary on your MyDisneyExperience account. 

    So, to be clear you'll need to check the availability, purchase and link tickets and then make park pass reservations and you'll be good to go. On the day of your park pass reservation, you can show up at the Walt Disney World Theme Park and be granted access. 

    Iris, I hope this helps clear up any confusion you might have had regarding what to do to be able to visit the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. If you have any other questions, I'd love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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