Guardians of the Galaxy at Night; EPCOT
  • On Apr 10, 2024
    Molly from IN 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 Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace Disney Springs Area. The website says it is an "Official Walt Disney World Hotel". Will I be able to book LL at 7am from this hotel like I can at other resort property hotels?

    Hi there, Molly, and welcome back to planDisney!

    How fun that you'll be beginning 2025 on such a magical note! My husband and I are frequent January visitors to The Most Magical Place on Earth because we love the lower temperatures and wait times that are typically characteristic of the post-holiday period.

    Disney Genie+ service is a great way to maximize magic and minimize waits during the winter months when Walt Disney World Resort theme parks typically close a bit earlier than they do in the summer. While all Guests are able to make their first Lightning Lane selections at 7 AM, only Guests of Disney Resort Hotels, Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, and Shades of Green Resort are able to make individual Lightning Lane selections at that time. Although you'll need to wait until the theme park opens for the day to make your individual Lightning Lane purchases, as a Guest of Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace you will have access to Early Theme Park Entry which will allow you to enter the theme parks 30 minutes earlier than other Guests! My husband and I love utilizing this perk to get a head start on popular attractions (such as Slinky Dog Dash) so that we can spend more of our day enjoying our favorite snacks and meandering through the magic rather than dashing from attraction to attraction. 

    As your vacation approaches keep an eye on Disney Parks Blog for announcements regarding the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. Last year it began January 12, so you just may be able to enjoy all of the sights, sounds, and tastes it has to offer. We were especially fond of Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt which allowed us to engage in a bit of (mostly) friendly competition as we explored the festival.

    I hope this was helpful, Molly, and that your upcoming vacation is filled with magical memories. If you have any additional questions as you are planning, don't hesitate to stop back by. We're always happy to help!

    Thinking Happy Thoughts,
    Lizzie
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Meet the Panelist: Lizzie, Georgia

Hi y'all! I'm Lizzie, a happily married teacher, coach, and proud dog mom of three from Georgia. While I loved the magic of Disney as a child, it wasn't until my twenties that pixie dust became a defining characteristic of my personality (and my wardrobe). I can't wait to answer your Walt Disney World Resort vacation questions so that you can embrace your inner 'hakuna matata' as you stroll through The Most Magical Place on Earth with your favorite Mickey-shaped snack in hand.  Learn More About Lizzie

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