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  • On Sep 14, 2022
    Angie from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I stay at a participating hotel that provides early entry hours, can we drive to the park and get in for the early entry hours?

    Hey there, Angie. Welcome to planDisney

    You are vacationing at Walt Disney World during my favorite time of the year. The parks are all dressed up in their holiday best and it's so festive and fun. I hope you'll really enjoy it too. 

    I almost always drive myself to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Angie. Even when I am staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. I like to have the flexibility of going where I want when I want, and getting around the Walt Disney World Resort is a piece of cake. I think you'll be happy to know that the parking lots do indeed open up early. You'll find the parking lots will open up about 45 minutes prior to the Early Entry time. This will give you plenty of time to park, walk to the front of the theme park, head through security and make your way up to the gates before the park opens for the day. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you will receive complimentary theme park parking.

    After you've parked, go ahead and take a picture of the parking lot and row you are in. It can be tricky to know exactly which one your car is at after a long day at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. I also like to pack a small cooler of bottled water to keep in my car. After the walk back, it's nice to have something refreshing waiting for me. 

    I hope this helps you plan out your morning, Angie. If you have any other questions about this, please feel free to stop back by and ask me. I'm happy to help. 

    Have fun!
    Jackie H. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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