Family on dock at Yacht and Beach
  • On Feb 20, 2022
    Tim from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We need rooms for 5 nights, but only need park tickets for days 2 and 3. Do we need separate room reservations for when we're going to parks and days when we're not? How does that impact linking the park tickets to the room reservation?

    Welcome to planDisney Tim!

    Taking some time off from the theme parks to relax at your resort sounds like a great plan! Enjoy the pool, head to Disney Springs, or venture out to a different resort for a wonderful dinner.

    You do not need to purchase Theme Park Tickets for each day of your resort stay. Just purchase as many days as you need. In your case, it sounds like you are planning on needing only a 2-day Theme Park Ticket. You can add on the Park Hopper option or Genie+ if you wish. 

    You can purchase a Vacation Package (which will include your tickets) or lock in a Room Only reservation then purchase your Theme Park Tickets separately. The only difference is with the package, you will need a $200 deposit with the balance due 30 days prior to your vacation, while a Room Only reservation requires a deposit of one night's stay with the balance due upon arrival. With the Room Only, you will need to purchase your tickets separately, and the tickets must be paid in full at time of purchase. When pricing out your vacation, see what works best for you. 

    Once you have your reservations made and tickets purchased, you will want to book your Theme Park Reservations. A Theme Park Reservation and your valid Theme Park Ticket are both required for each day you plan to visit a park. If you plan to Park Hop, a park reservation is only needed for the first park you plan to visit each day. 

    Here is a sample itinerary:
    Day 1: no park
    Day 2: Magic Kingdom, ticket needed (plus make a Theme Park Reservation)
    Day 3: Disney's Animal Kingdom, ticket needed (plus make a Theme Park Reservation)
    Day 4: no park
    Day 5: no park

    The great part of a Disney vacation is you can be as busy as you wish or relax all you want! It sounds like you will have the perfect balance during your magical stay. See you real soon!


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Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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