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  • On Apr 6, 2022
    Ashley elizabeth from SC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What tools are available for planning for those not staying in a WDW resort/property? I’m thinking meals, character or otherwise, tickets, genie+, etc. I’m so out of touch with the way things are done now.

    Hiya, Ashley Elizabeth!

    Planning a trip to Walt Disney World is pretty much the same if you are staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel or not. The big difference may be the timing of some of the things you want to do, but let's jump right on in.

    You can purchase your theme park tickets right through Walt Disney World just using your computer or by using the My Disney Experience app on your phone. Once you have purchased your tickets and linked them to the people in your travel party, you can also use the same tools to make your theme park reservations. Since it's been a little while for you, I just want to emphasize that everyone needs a theme park reservation to get into any of the four Walt Disney World theme parks. Don't wait until the last minute to book those!

    Dining reservations can be made for non-Disney resort guests 60 days prior to the day you want to dine. They can also be done right on the website or your My Disney Experience app. The advantage for Disney resort guests is that they can book those reservations at 60 days for up to 10 days, so they don't have to call for each day of their stay.

    You can add Disney's Genie+ to your ticket when you purchase it, and you can make your first selection at 7 AM the day you enter the park. For Individual Lightning Lane attractions, non-Disney resort guests can begin making their selections when the park regularly opens.

    If we can help with anything else, please come on back and see us!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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