Cinderella Castle 50th Day
  • On Jan 23, 2023
    Amy from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How do we get tickets to enter parks? Years ago we went and had cRds foe the entry. Do we have to have our phones now for the only way to enter?

    Hi Amy, welcome to planDisney!

    A lot has changed since my first Walt Disney World Resort vacation in the 1980s, and I'm not just talking about my age and hairstyle. Cinderella Castle has had several makeovers, most recently as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration. The carousel of progress has also changed the way Guests access the magic of the four theme parks, so let's go over some important information that will help you prepare for your upcoming trip.

    All Guests over the age of three require three things to enter a Walt Disney World theme park: valid admission, a theme park reservation, and a method of entry. When you purchase theme park tickets online these days, you're not usually purchasing a physical ticket, but an entitlement that gets linked to your My Disney Experience account. Part of the purchase process requires you to declare how many days you will be visiting a theme park, the start date of your ticket, and whether or not you want to include add-ons like the Park Hopper Option or Water Park and Sports Option.

    Once your tickets are linked to your My Disney Experience account, you need to reserve your spot at a theme park by making a theme park reservation for each person for each park day. If you have tickets with the Park Hopper Option, you only need to make a theme park reservation for the park you will be entering first each day. You should complete this step as soon as possible, even without a physical ticket in hand. 

    When it comes time to enter a theme park, Amy, you'll need one of the following methods of entry to hold up to a touchpoint: MagicBand, MagicBand+, Disney MagicMobile pass, or admission card. I like MagicBands because they're hands-free and don't require me to sift through my park bag or wallet. New MagicBand+ designs should be purchased in advance because they require charging, linking, and pairing with a mobile device. I like Disney MagicMobile passes because they can be downloaded for free in the My Disney Experience mobile app (three small lines at the bottom right of the home page --> Disney MagicMobile). I like admission cards because they don't require a charge and make great souvenirs. Admission cards can be obtained at any Walt Disney World park ticket window or at the Disney Ticket Center at Disney Springs. Be prepared to show your ticket confirmation email, the credit card used to make the purchase, and a valid photo ID. You can also click "See more delivery options" and select one of the shipping options during checkout if you'd like to receive admission cards in the mail.

    In addition to park entry, your method of entry can be used to tap in at Lightning Lane entrances and with Disney PhotoPass photographers. Please reach out to me directly if more information about either of those topics would be helpful.

    Plan magic; planDisney.
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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