Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Sep 19, 2009
    Rebecca from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can you park and purchase tickets before the scheduled time a park opens or does everything start at the scheduled time? For example, Hollywood studios says 9:00am. Can we arrive earlier to park and purchase tickets or 9:00 is it?

    The theme park parking lots generally open at least one hour before the park officially opens, as do the park ticket windows and guest relations offices. If you want to be able to enter Disney's Hollywood Studios at the 9:00 a.m. opening time, then I encourage you to arrive at the parking lot by about 8:20-8:25. This will give you time to park, get your tickets, and get a good spot in line.

    You should know that you can also purchase theme park tickets at many other locations including online at, at Disney retail stores, at the Disney hotels, and at many off-site hotels. If you buy your tickets in advance, this will save you a step during your vacation.

    Enjoy your stay at Walt Disney World.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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