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  • On Jul 23, 2022
    Janice 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.

    Hello! Are any non-Disney hotels are eligible for 7am lightning lane purchases? We are staying at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, which has early access-does it also get access for 7am lane purchase?

    Janice,

    Thanks for asking your question to planDisney!

    Let me start by saying that the Hilton Bonnet Creek is a gorgeous hotel! My wife and I were there for an event when it opened, and we just loved it. 

    Now on to Lightning Lane reservation rules. As you likely know, any guest, regardless of where they are staying, can purchase Genie+ at 7 am and book a reservation for any of the 40+ attractions that the program covers. But the rules are different for the Individual Lightning Lanes. These few attractions are available for most guests to purchase starting at the published opening time of the respective park. However, Disney Resort Hotel guests are allowed to make those purchases starting at 7 am. 

    But what hotels fall in that earlier reservation time category? That list includes

    Sometimes that reference to the Disney Resort Collection can lead to some confusion. In this case it would include the resorts listed as their Deluxe Villas, Deluxe Resort Hotels, Moderate Resort Hotels, Value Resort Hotels, and Campgrounds. They do also have a list of these official resorts on their site FAQ. Unfortunately, the Hilton Bonnet Creek is not included in that list of resort hotels that can make Individual Lightning Lane reservations at 7 am. You will have to wait until the posted park opening. 

    BONUS TIP #1
    I know that it can be a bit deflating to not be able to make Individual Lightning Lane reservations at 7 am. But that does not mean you cannot enjoy those rides. All these attractions still have the traditional entry lanes available. You may have a wait, but for so many of them the time spent is worth it!

    BONUS TIP #2
    Remember to download to your smartphone the Play Disney Parks app. It makes the time in line go by faster.

    Please feel free to write me directly if you have any follow-up questions.

    Have a Magical Vacation!

    Doug
     

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