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  • On Apr 5, 2011
    Matt from IL Asked

    We are traveling to Walt Disney World this summer August 1-5 and staying at a Disney resort hotel. What I was wondering is will we be able to enter the parks before we check into our hotel?

    Hi, Matt! My lack of patience isn't one of my finer qualities. That being said, I think that's where my knack for planning was born. I'm thinking we're alike in this regard, right? Bear with me then, mon ami.

    You'll most likely need to make a trip to your resort before visiting the parks, unless you (1) already have your park tickets (or plan to pick up / purchase them at the gate) and (2) are using a mode of transportation other than Magical Express from the airport.

    Assuming that you're using Magical Express and your park tickets are part of your trip package, you're going to need to make a stop at your resort first. So, back to the aforementioned patience/planning conundrum. Up to 10 days before you're scheduled to arrive, you can check in to your resort and accelerate the process. When you arrive at your resort, you can then proceed to the Online Check-in window and pick up your packet of goodies. Said packet will have your Key to the World card(s), which contains your room key, park tickets, meal credits, etc. You can then head over to the transportation area and grab a bus to the park of your choice. You won't lose much time at all.
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I’m the proud papa of two little pirates or princes (depending on the day!) I enjoy sharing information to help beginners with little ones - including naps, strollers, rider swaps, height restrictions, scary rides, touring plans, characters and dining. Learn More About Joel

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