So, you have decided to take your first trip to Walt Disney World, and you most likely don’t know how to plan! Well, planning a trip to Disney World can be hard and also stressful, so I am here to give advice! Here is some tips for planning a trip that will give you and your family sweet memories to remember for a lifetime!
1.Make a date. Plan the date that you will arrive and the day you will departure. Also, plan how long you will stay. I would recommend at least a week or even more!
2.Decide whether you want to say on property or off property. Staying ON property can be very expensive, but it is very much worth it! (However, I wouldn’t recommend staying on property for a bigger family.) There are several pro’s and con’s of each, but with some research, you can definitely decide which one you want to stay on. I don’t really have the time to go into a lot of info, but I recommend reading this post from a Disney blog, Pixie Dust and Beyond, right here! It is just focused on property but states some great pro’s! There are a lot of other great articles about this subject, but that is just one I wanted to share. I definitely recommend to stay on property on your first trip, but that is up to you to decide! If you are not sure yet, please, do more research(and feel free to ask me questions)! After deciding, book the place you want to stay at.
3.Decide if you want to drive or fly. If driving is not possible for you, flying is no doubt your only option. However, if both could be an option, you will have to decide, obviously. This step is very easy and won’t take much time. It just depends on what you and your family want to do. If you choose flying, make sure to buy your airfare tickets as soon as possible.
4.Reserve dining reservations. When you are 180 days away from your trip, you can book dining reservations at a Disney resort or inside a park that has to have dining reservations to eat there. Some popular resturants are ‘Ohana(at the Polynesian resort), Be Our Guest(at Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Royal Table(at Magic Kingdom) and Chef Mickey’s(at the Contemporary resort). Please note that you can book reservations any time under the 180 mark, too, but it can be very unlikely that you will reserve anything. I really recommend to make them 180 days from your trip. Now there is probably one thing you are wondering. Where do you book them? The answer is three words, My Disney Experience. My Disney Experience is an app where you can reserve FastPasses, dining and see the wait times for attractions. It is a huge advantage!
5.Order MagicBands, order park tickets and reserve Fastpasses. OK, you are probably very confused right now, but let me explain! MagicBands are your tickets to the Parks and linked to your FastPasses. (However you don’t have to have one, but I highly recommend to buy one). There are also a lot of advantages of MagicBands if you stay on property, but I am not going to go into all that. Note, that you have to order your Disney tickets and then link them to your MagicBands. Now, you are most likely wondering what are FastPasses? You can skip the long lines of certain attractions that you have reserved for a FastPass. If you stay on property, you can reserve them 60 days ahead of time before you visit the certain park, but if you are staying off property, you reserve them 30 days ahead of time. You can reserve them on the app I told you about above. Keep in mind you can only reserve three for each park. There are a couple other articles from Pixie Dust and Beyond about FastPasses and Magic Bands that is very helpful, so I definitely recommend to read this about Magic Bands and this about FastPasses
Planning can be stressful, but it is also one of the most fun things about going on a Disney trip! To make planning even less stressful, I recommend getting a Disney travel agent to help you plan your trip because they can be a huge advantage! Let the magic of planning begin, and please, really enjoy every moment of your trip to the most magical place on earth!
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