Christmas on Main Street
  • On Nov 25, 2021
    Yasmin from NJ Asked

    If I am staying at a Disneyworld result hotel, do I have special access to park tickets? What happens if park tickets are showing as unavailable for days that I am staying at a disneyworld hotel?

    Hello Yasmin!

    Welcome to planDisney! My family always prefers to stay at a Disney Resort Collection Hotel. There is something about staying within the magic for our entire trip that truly helps me to relax and escape the real world. I love that I don’t need to deal with traffic or parking, and I typically don’t even watch the news when we are at Disney. We also love the extra perks like being able to book our dining reservations earlier, complimentary transportation throughout the resort, and early entry to the theme parks.

    Currently, there are no Special Offers on theme park tickets, but from time to time, Disney does offer these kinds of package deals. Last summer, for example, Guests of Disney Resort Collection Hotels were able to purchase a 6-Day theme park ticket for the 4-Day ticket price. These offers come and go and typically are not available during the busy holiday season.

    If you are looking to visit during the holidays, things are very tightly booked at this point. There are three different pools of Disney Park Pass Reservations available. There is a pool for Annual Passholders, Guests of Disney Resort Collection Hotels, and regular ticket holders. Right now, most days have very limited availability. Be sure you are checking the Theme Park Availability Calendar for Guests of Resort Collection Hotels to see the correct availability. Unfortunately, with the holidays just a few weeks away, not everyone will be able to find the reservation they want. Even if you are a Guest of a Disney Resort, if the park is showing as booked, it is booked.

    One option would be to consider adding the Park Hopper Option to your tickets. You could then book a park that was available on the day you wish to visit. Typically Epcot is the last park to fully book. You would then visit that park in the morning, and after 2 PM you could hop to one of the other theme parks even though the reservations currently show as full. While park hopping can be paused on any day due to capacity, to date, that has only occurred once, on the 50th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom back in October. I do think park hopping may reach capacity on New Year’s Eve at Magic Kingdom, but hopefully, it would be available on other days. That said, hopping is never guaranteed.

    If you only have a resort room booked and would like to reschedule to a less busy time of year, giving you more time to plan your visit, room-only reservations can be canceled for a full refund up to 5 days before check-in.

    I hope this helps to answer your question, Yasmin. Whenever you decide to travel, I hope you have a magical visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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