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  • On Feb 12, 2024
    Brad from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am not staying at a Disney resort. I know sometimes parks start to let you on rides a few mins early. If the park says open is 8AM but they start letting you get on attractions at 7:50, can I start to buy ILL at 7:50 or do I still have to wait until 8?

    Welcome to planDisney, Brad. It's so nice to virtually meet you today!

    At this time, Guests staying at Disney Resorts Collection Hotels can enter the theme parks and begin to ride select attractions 30 minutes before the park opens to other Guests. While other Guests may be let into the park before park opening time, they are usually held in a separate area and cannot ride attractions until park opening time. And in my experience, they stick to that time. Also, if you are staying off-property, you will not be able to purchase Individual Lightning Lanes until the exact park opening time rolls around. So if the park opens to all Guests at 8 a.m., that's exactly the time you'll be able to start purchasing Individual Lightning Lanes (up to 2 per day). However, it's important to note that at this time, all Guests who have purchased the Disney Genie+ Service, regardless of where they are staying, will be able to book their first Lightning Lane at included attractions at 7 a.m.!

    Now there is one detail that slips my mind sometimes: if you are using the Park Hopper Option to hop to another park and want to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane at a different park than the one you are rope-dropping, as an off-property Guest, you will need to wait until the park at which that particular ride is located opens. For example, if you are rope-dropping Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park on a day when it opens to all Guests at 8 a.m. and you want to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for Avatar Flight of Passage, you're good to go at 8 a.m. (subject to availability). However, if you want to book an Individual Lightning Lane for TRON Lightcycle / Run Presented by Enterprise at Magic Kingdom Park, and that park doesn't open to all Guests until 9 a.m., you will need to wait until 9 a.m. to try to purchase it.

    Brad, best wishes for getting all of the Individual Lightning Lanes you'd like on your upcoming trip. Just remember that if you don't see what you want initially, keep checking back on the My Disney Experience mobile app as you never know what might pop up! If you have any other questions, please reach out to me and I'd be happy to answer them!

    Ka-chow,
    Matt
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Meet the Panelist: Matt, New Jersey

Well hello there! I'm Matt and I'm a Disney-loving husband, teacher, and uncle from New Jersey. You can often find me tasting my way around an EPCOT festival, rope-dropping Magic Kingdom Park, or conquering all of the Disney Mountains. I can't wait to help you reach out and find your happily ever after on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Matt

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