So, You Have Booked Your Disney World Vacation, Now What?

Getting your vacation is work in itself.  It’s a workout trying to decide on your dates, which resort, how many days you want to spend in the parks, etc.  Now you need a vacation from all that right?  Well, just not yet.  There are more things you need to consider.  I have decided to write up things you might not have thought about and things you need to consider.  Here is my list in no certain order.  I must also say, that if you book with me, most of these, I take care of for you, one of my many services.

  1. Did you link your reservation up to My Disney Experience?  Did you set up the account?  If not, go to www.startyourdisneyexperience.com and get started.  Pull in your reservation and then customize your magic bands.
  2. Be sure to start making dining reservations.  You can start making those at 180 days in advance.  Yes, these are very important if you want to sit down and eat.  Most restaurants fill up, and walk ups to many of them, are going to be impossible to get.  If you are less than 180 days away, start booking ASAP.
  3. Are you celebrating anything when you go to Disney?  Anniversary, Birthday, First Visit, Personal Triumph, etc?  Let Disney know because they want to celebrate with you!  Be sure to pick up one of these buttons at check in.  If you have let them know ahead of time they should automatically give you a button at check in but if they don’t, ask for it.
  4. Be Our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom is hard to get into for a dinner reservation.  So if you missed the window opportunity to get that one, be sure to grab one for breakfast or lunch.  It is a quick service for breakfast and lunch (and you can use your quick service meal off of your dining plan to eat there).  HOWEVER, NOTE THIS IMPORTANT PART……you MUST have a reservation for breakfast and lunch for this location.  You can make these reservations through your My Disney Experience.
  5. I cannot stress this enough, be sure you know what is going on during your stay.  You don’t want to miss something just because you did not know about it.  Some of the things that might be going on are:  Marathon races (there are several throughout the year), Flower and Garden Festival (Spring), Atlanta Braves Spring Training, Star Wars Weekends (May/June), Gay Days (June), Cars Masters Weekend (June), Sounds Like Summer Concert Series (Summer), Food and Wine Festival (Mid Sept to early Nov), Night of Joy (Sept), Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (Sept/Oct), Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (Nov/Dec), Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (Nov/Dec) and Christmas at Disney World (Nov/Dec).  Be sure to check them all out.
  6. Another thing I cannot stress is be sure you get your fastpasses set up.  If you are a resort guest you can make these at 60 days in advance of your arrival.  Be sure to do this.  If you are not staying on Disney property and you have your tickets and linked them to your My Disney Experience then you can make them at 30 days in advance.
  7. One thing that our family likes to get is Pressed Pennies.  This is a fairly reasonable souvenir and fun to scout out.  If you go to www.presscoins.com you can find the complete list of pressed coins – these include pennies and quarters.

And last but not least, remember that there are too many things to do at Disney to get them all done in one visit.  So do what you can, but don’t stress yourself out trying to do it all!  I have been there and done that and it was NOT a magical vacation like I had envisioned.  ENJOY yourself!  So what did I miss?  Do you have anything to add to this?  Let me know in the comment section.  Thanks for stopping by.