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  • On Mar 11, 2022
    Rebecca from DERBYSHIRE Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, we are staying in the Hilton Buena Vista Palace for our upcoming trip in May, will we be able to access the early theme park entry? And will we be able to book individual lightning lanes (ie Rise of the resistance) at 7am like resort guests can?

    Hello Rebecca! Welcome to planDisney!

    Visiting The Most Magical Place on Earth in May sounds like a perfect combination!  Not only will you be visiting during the 50th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort, but you'll also be able to experience the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival during your holiday!  This is my very favorite time of year to visit the Resort, as I love the beautiful topiaries scattered through EPCOT, the weather is usually very cooperative and you get the pleasure of trying out all the special drinks and snacks at the Festival!

    While the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace is not a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, it does come with some of the same benefits!  As a Guest of your Resort, which does participate in Early Theme Park Entry, you will be able to enter any Theme Park 30 minutes early every day of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation!  Make sure you have a Park Pass Reservation and a valid Theme Park Ticket and you and your party should be set to ride a few of your favorite attractions before the Park even opens to the general public.  

    If you're planning on using Disney Genie+ Service you WILL be able to book your first Lightning Lane selection at 7 a.m. sharp, even though you're not staying "on property."  However, the purchase of Individual Lightning Lanes at the 7 a.m. timeslot is reserved only for Guests of Disney Resorts Collection hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, and Shades of Green.  All other Guests, including those staying at Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace, are able to make their Individual Lightning Lane purchases at the regular Park opening time. 

    If you've set your heart on riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (and who wouldn't, it is absolutely incredible!) I would suggest leaving your resort hotel at least an hour prior to the Early Theme Park Entry opening time on your day at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  This will get you to the Park early and hopefully allow you to wait in the standby line before it even gets long.  

    I hope you and your family have a magical vacation and please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any other questions!
    Ashley M

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Massachusetts

Hi All, I'm Ashley! From the very beginning Walt Disney World Resort has always been a part of my life. As a child I excitedly helped to plan family trips, as a young adult I planned our "happily ever after" right on Disney property, and now I'm lucky enough to plan magical vacations for my three incredible children. When we're not taking in the enchanting experiences of the parks, we're home in Massachusetts, probably planning our next trip! Learn More About Ashley

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