• On Jan 28, 2020
    Amy from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I have a vacation booked for 7/16-7/19 at Disney World, & booked a 3 day park hopper as we are leaving first thing 7/19. can i buy a 4 or 5 day pass and use it before I check into the hotel? We will be in orlando beginning 7/10 . Thanks

    Hi Amy!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It sounds as if you have exciting plans for this trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    You may certainly buy additional theme park tickets and use them before your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel stay. Keep in mind that, as a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guest, you can make your FastPass+ selections 60 days in advance. With only theme park tickets, you can make FastPass+ selections 30 days prior to your visit. Since you are thinking of adding days, I also encourage you to review the Annual Pass Options, cost, and benefits. Given the benefits, you might find that purchasing an Annual Pass would be a better deal.

    We became Disney Platinum Annual Passholders last year and love the dining and merchandise discounts as well as the digital access we have to all of our PhotoPass photos and videos. Since our Platinum Pass also includes Park Hopper, we never worry about park access and where we make our advanced dining reservations. As an added bonus, we look forward to the complimentary Annual Passholder magnets that we have been able to pick up on different visits!

    Amy, I encourage you to do the math to see if the Annual Pass would be a better option. Consider the price you would pay for your tickets, the Park Hopper option and Memory Maker. When I did the math, I also considered our dining reservations and the money we would save on those with the Annual Passholder discount. Since you have already purchased tickets, contact a Cast member at the Walt Disney World Resort to inquire about those existing tickets and the Annual Pass!

    Happy Planning!

    Magic and memories,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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