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  • On Jan 1, 2023
    Joe from CT 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 in a resort that qualifies me for early access to the park. Is there something I can purchase that allows that access?

    Hi Joe,

    Welcome to planDisney and thanks for stopping by with this question! I know you must be eagerly awaiting your trip to Walt Disney World Resort next month. February is a wonderful time to visit as temperatures are cooler and you're in the sweet spot between some of the seasonal festivals and spring break travel dates. 

    You are correct that guests staying at participating resorts are granted early entry into the theme parks each day with valid admission and park reservations.  This is a great way to get a head start on your favorite attractions! Extended evening hours are also available for guests of Disney Deluxe Resorts, Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts, and select hotels.

    Unfortunately, there is no option to purchase these benefits a la carte at this time. But don't worry, I have a few helpful suggestions to help you maximize your time in the parks each day!

    First, consider purchasing Genie+ service as an add-on to your park tickets which will allow access to the Lightning Lane entry for select attractions and experiences. You'll be able to purchase this add-on option using the My Disney Experience mobile app and can begin making selections at 7 am on the day of your visit. Pricing for Genie+ service varies based on date and is subject to availability. Additionally, there are Individual Lightning Lane attractions available as a la carte purchases in each park. These can be purchased in addition to those experiences covered by Genie+, up to two attractions per day.  Review the list of eligible attractions and entertainment options and prepare to have a magical day while saving valuable time in line.  

    Both Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane selections can be purchased early each day, giving you a head start on your park itinerary before you even depart your resort room. I hope this information helps you take advantage of all the wonderful experiences that await you at Walt Disney World Resort.

    Have a magical visit!
    Amy C.
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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