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  • On Jul 4, 2022
    Silvia from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can I purchase the individual lightning lanes reservations at 7am if I’m staying at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando hotel? I understand it is an oficial Disneyworld Hotel.

    Hiya, Silvia! You're as welcome as can be here at planDisney. Thanks a bunch for stopping by with your great question!

    At this time, Individual Lightning Lane entrances can be booked at 7:00 a.m. by all Guests who are staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel. Even though the Waldorf Astoria Orlando hotel is categorized as one of the Official Walt Disney World Hotels, these off-property hotels don't come with the same perks as those within the Disney Resorts Collection.

    Let me explain myself a little bit better, Silvia. To put it simply, there are three main hotel categories to choose from when planning a magical vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort. First, you have the Disney Resorts Collection hotels, which are owned and operated by Disney and can be found within Walt Disney World property. Next, you have the Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotels, which are not owned or operated by Disney but offer value, convenience, quality, and certain perks to Guests. Finally, you have the Official Walt Disney World Hotels, which are a little bit more high-end than Good Neighbor Hotels but aren't owned or operated by Disney either. The Waldorf Astoria Orlando hotel falls within this category, so you will get some perks like Early Theme Park Entry, but you won't be able to book any Individual Lightning Lanes until you actually enter the Theme Parks every morning.

    Silvia, what I would suggest is that you take advantage of the Early Theme Park Entry perk every single morning and use it to get in line for one or two must-do attractions. Then, once the Theme Park you're in has officially opened its doors to all Guests, you can head to the My Disney Experience mobile app to purchase your Individual Lightning Lane entrances. If, for example, you've already been on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and you don't want to ride again, you just saved a little bit of cash right there!

    I understand that this wasn't the news that you were expecting to hear, my friend... but don't worry! The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is super comfortable, classy, and timeless, and I'm sure you'll have a blast. You just can't go wrong with elegance! If you have any other questions in English or in Spanish, my friends and I will be happy to answer them for you. You know just where to find us!

    Bye-bye now,

    Ana Paula
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