60 days before your trip you can book your fast passes on the My Disney Experience site or Ap. This is where you make sure you get to ride the most popular rides. In the Magic Kingdom the new king of all rides is a Princess and her 7 buddies. The Seven Dwarf Mine Train is a family roller coaster that consistently has 80 minute wait times (must be 40” tall). Others that have long lines are Splash and Space Mountains and believe it or not Peter Pan’s Flight (one of our favorites). If you want to ride these rides without giving up a few hours I recommend a fast pass. Or if you want to ride the ride twice, wait in the standby line and get a fast pass. When planning FastPasses one thing to consider is the Experiences vs the Rides. In the Magic Kingdom for example one of your FastPasses can be to Meet Anna and Elsa, this can be a huge time saver for families with children that want to do this. Other experiences are reserved seats at Fireworks or Parades. For our trip this October we have 2 experience FastPasses and the rest are rides.
30 Days before you leave you can Order your meal at Be Our Guest. If you are going to eat here you can enter your food order on the My Disney Experience App or site. The rumor is the try the “Grey Stuff” for dessert, ‘…it’s delicious!’ we will be trying the ‘Grey Stuff’ in October.
Around 30 days before your trip luggage tags arrive at your house. Shortly after that then Magic Bands will be delivered. They will appear like an unexpected present hidden far beneath your Christmas tree. Make sure to customize your bands before it is too late. You are now only a few weeks away from your trip, start packing your bags.
Next up traveling to Walt Disney World……
Booking your trip.
When doing this we always call the Cast Members at 407-WDISNEY. They can quickly toggle in-between all the different options quite quickly. Before you call, have the following information on hand:
First you will tell them the days you are staying and they will check hotel options, like I mentioned before there are a lot of options and prices vary quite a bit so this is why I call. You can use their website but the Disney Travel employees are pros and they can help fill in any potential gaps.
Second, they want the names, ages (including birthdays for younger guests) of guests?
Third, you’ll need to know flights if you know (you may need to call back and add this to your reservation)
If you have a Disney Account they will want to link your reservation to it so that you can later log into the My Disney Experience Ap and Website.
Fourth, you will want to know if you want the ‘Memory Maker’ this is the update on the Photo Pass. What this is a package that will let you download all pictures taken at Walt Disney World, this includes rides, character meals and around the parks. It is about $30 cheaper to pre-purchase the plan instead of buying it at the park. There are Disney Photographers all over, we love this because it eliminates the need to ask someone you don’t know to take your picture and the Disney photographers are set up in the best spots for great pictures.
If you don’t have an account with Disney now is the time to set it up. The My Disney Experience App will help you manage your trip, especially while at the parks. From the App or the website you can book restaurant reservations, personalize your Magic Band, get fast passes for rides and even order your meal at Be Our Guest. Additionally you can add notes for things you wanted to do before hand so when you log into make diner reservations or book FastPasses the notes will be there to guide you.
What is a Magic Band you ask?
It is a wristband the size of a watch that has an RFID chip in it that can power you whole trip. It is your room key, your park tickets, your FastPass+, and has the ability to pay with an associated Credit Card/PIN so you can tap to pay for something, enter your PIN and be on your way. The Magic band means no need for a wallet or purse.
Next step book your Disney Dining reservations 180 days before you arrive…