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  • On Jul 11, 2022
    Amy from OH 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 planning a trip to Disney World and my parents are Florida residents. If they purchase park tickets for my kids (their grandchildren) and verify their residence online, do they need to be joining us in the parks too? Or can we get in without them?

    Hiya, Amy!

    As a fellow Amy that hails from the Buckeye State, I'm happy to welcome you to planDisney.  Thanks for stopping by with your question.  It sounds like your family has an exciting Walt Disney World adventure coming up this fall –– how sweet that your parents are planning to sprinkle a little extra pixie dust on your visit by purchasing tickets for their grandkids.  I'd say that makes them honorary fairy grandparents!

    As Florida Residents, your parents are welcome to share the magic of specially-priced Walt Disney World Resort admission with any of their grandchildren who are under the age of 18.  If they have a Florida Driver's License, state-issued ID card, or Florida-based military ID, they'll also be able to conveniently verify their residency on the Walt Disney World website at the time they purchase tickets.  Once residency has been verified, your children should be able to enter the parks with no problem, even if your parents aren't planning to come to the parks with you.  

    However, when I've spoken to Cast Members about this recently, they've suggested that it's best for an adult Florida resident to be present the first time the tickets are used.  That way, in the unlikely event of a problem with the ticket activation, the resident is available to show proof of residency again, if needed.  Should a problem occur with the ticket and you aren't able to provide proof of residency, you would likely be asked to pay the difference between the Florida-resident rate and the standard admission rate.  And if your parents do decide to tag along for your first day, let them know that they won't need to be present each time the tickets are used –– after you've tapped into the park that first time, you should be good to go for the rest of your visit!

    Thanks for bringing your question to planDisney, Amy.  I'm wishing you and your lots of pixie dust during your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort!

    Happy Planning,
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Hiya, Pals! I’m Amy – a DOLE-whip-loving, power-lifting, communications strategist from Cleveland, Ohio and together with Mr. Incredible, we’re raising our own team of Supers. Most days, you can find me stretching to juggle virtual meetings in the school pick-up line, drink all the coffee, and defeat laundry –– all while dreaming up what adventures we can find on our next Disney Vacation Club vacation! See ya real soon!
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