• On Aug 1, 2019
    Shannon from UT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Does the ticket start date have to be exact? Or can it be one or two days later, as long as I use it all in the time frame the website says before it expires? Just not sure exactly what day we will get there, but plan to use the days close together.

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Shannon!

    If you’ve purchased a multi-day ticket for the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks, you’ll see a validity period indicated with your ticket. As long as you activate and then use all of the days within that period, it doesn’t matter when your first use date is. For example, if you purchased a 4-day Theme Park ticket for a vacation that begins Sept. 5, you have any of the seven days between Sept. 5 and Sept. 11 to use the ticket. Validity windows vary with the ticket length, so check your ticket receipt/ email confirmation for the specific dates for your ticket. As long as you don’t wait too late in your window to activate your ticket, days do not have to be used consecutively. According to the “fine print,” you can make changes to your tickets, including your ticket dates, prior to midnight ET of the day before your ticket’s first valid use date. After your first valid ticket date, you can use the My Disney Experience mobile app to add additional days to an eligible ticket or add ticket options.

    Before my family and I became Annual Passholders, we typically purchased 4-day Park Hopper tickets and would use them over the course of a full week. We love the flexibility of the Park Hoppers, as it allows us to flit from Park to Park depending on our mood, the weather, wait times and crowd levels. I also enjoyed using two back-to-back days and then taking a day “off” in the middle of our vacation to enjoy our Walt Disney World Resort hotel pool and other amenities. This break was usually just the right amount of R&R needed to fully enjoy our final two days in the Parks. Depending on our travel schedule, I would often try to work in a final day of rest and relaxation (and maybe some shopping at Disney Springs) before heading home.

    Hopefully these tips help you make the most of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, Shannon! Please let us know if there are any additional questions we can answer for you.

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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