• On Sep 15, 2021
    Heather from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    1. I was trying to find information on park open and close times for Dec 25-27. Will the parks be open on these days? 2. Are yall still doing magic bands? 3. Is it required to stay in a disney resort to get into the parks?

    Howdy, Heather! Welcome to planDisney, and thank you so much for stopping by with your questions! When it comes to planning a holiday trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth, you’ve come to the right place! It is an incredible time to visit, and I hope you can see that for yourself very soon. 
    Walt Disney World is open every day of the year, and every day is the best day ever! Park Hours are published on the Walt Disney World website and are subject to change. At this time, they are made available about eight weeks in advance, so the hours for Christmas day and the days after are not yet published. However, please keep your eyes peeled because they will likely be available soon! There are Perks available to Resort Hotel Guests, such as extended Theme Park Hours, complimentary transportation, complimentary Theme Park parking, and so much more! However, it is not required to stay at a Disney Resort Hotel to access the Theme Parks. You can stay wherever you choose.
    When it comes to MagicBands, they are still a favorite accessory for many, especially when you stay on property at a Disney Resort Hotel! They can serve as Park Admission, Room Key, and method of payment! Not to mention, it remains an incredible way to showcase your Disney flair and favorite themes and attractions! You can purchase these before or during your travels. Each Guest’s MagicBand should be linked within their profile in My Disney Experience. Afterward, it will remain active until it is deactivated, which means you can use it during future trips as well!
    Heather, I hope that these tips have been helpful to you as you continue to plan for a magical Disney holiday getaway! Check out the exciting news about the Disney Very Merriest After Hours event coming later this year, and get ready for a fantastic trip!
    Wishing you many magical memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Clara, Ohio

Hi, friends! I'm Clara, a Pediatrician from Cincinnati, OH, a mom to two Disney-loving boys and married to my college sweetheart.  As a native Spaniard and Spanish speaker, my happiest early memories of life in the United States were formed at Walt Disney World. I love to find ways to sprinkle some R&R and good food among the hustle and bustle of our Disney vacations, and I would love to help you do the same! Learn More About Clara

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