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  • On Jun 3, 2024
    Sandra from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are staying at the Dolphin hotel on our upcoming WDW trip with park-hopper tickets (package booked on WDW website). However, on MDE, our tickets say Park Planning Pass (not park hopper). What does this mean? Do we need to make park reservations?

    Hi there, Sandra--we meet again! Thanks for sending another great vacation planning question to planDisney. I'm delighted that you decided to be our guest once again, and it's my pleasure to help sort out your question and add a bit of extra pixie dust to your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation. 

    Guests of the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel and the neighboring Walt Disney World Swan Hotel enjoy so many wonderful benefits, including Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Theme Park Hours. You're sure to love the stunning architecture of the hotel and the excellent dining options. 

    Sandra, I checked with several Cast Members to get the scoop on those Park Planning Passes that you're currently seeing. The Dolphin and Swan hotels add these passes to all reservations as a placeholder--your actual park hopper tickets will be loaded into your My Disney Experience account closer to your February 2025 arrival. If you purchased standard date-based tickets, these should not require theme park reservations. You can check this by clicking into the passes and seeing if an option is available to make a reservation--if you are unable to do this, you should be good to go!  

    When in doubt, you can always make a quick call to the Existing Tickets line. The Cast Members will be happy to pull up the details for your reservation and clarify the status of your tickets. I always find them to be so friendly and helpful whenever I have a question!

    I hope you keep the questions coming, Sandra! Our planDisney squad is ready and waiting to help you get all the answers you need for your planning purposes. Please don't hesitate to reach out again!

    Stay Magical!
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