One of my favorite parts of a Disney vacation is that planning the vacation is just as fun as going on it! While you are counting down the days to your Disney vacation, here are 10 things to do before you arrive.
1. Pick Your Resort
I am partial to staying on-site, for these 7 Benefits Of Staying At A Walt Disney World Resort. If you do decide to stay on-site, Disney World does not make it easy with so many amazing resort choices. Consider one of these Best Disney World Resorts and read why they are the best!
2. Book Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR)
Another thing I love about Disney are all the food choices (and not having to cook). Your window to book restaurants at Disney that accept dining reservations, start at 180 days out from your arrival date (+ up to 10 days after). For popular dining choices, booking your ADR is a must do! Mark your calendar 180 days out and be ready at 6am (ET) to book online or 7am (ET) by phone. Consider one of these Must Book Dining Reservations for your next trip.
3. Book Fastpass+
One of my favorite things to do before a Disney Vacation is reserving my Fastpass+ choices. I feel like a kid at Christmas on my Fastpass+ day. Guests staying at a Disney Resort are able to book at 60 days out from arrival, and guests staying off-site at 30 days out. Top Fastpass+ choices include: Slinky Dog Dash at Hollywood Studios and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom.
4. Book Experience Reservations
Besides Advanced Dining Reservations and Fastpass+, there are other experiences to consider booking in advance. At up to 180 days from arrival consider booking Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers to build your own lightsaber, Droid Depot to build your own droid, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for your little one to transform into a prince or princess or Harmony Barber Shop for a haircut
5. Make A List of Must Do’s
The vast amount of things to do at Disney can become overwhelming. Therefore it is a good idea to jot down a list of your must do’s. Then, get these done first and anything else you accomplish is a bonus.
6. Plan, without Over Planning
There is a fine line between having a Disney plan and creating a Disney cram session. Plan your days around your list of must do’s in hand and your Fastpass+ reservations. However, also leave room for downtime to just explore. The unplanned moments are often when Disney magic occurs.
7. Print The Ultimate Packing List
Some love packing, some despise it. Whether you love it or hate it, not wanting to forget anything tops the list. Have no fear packing for your Disney vacation with this Ultimate Packing List.
8. Choose a way to collect Autographs
Let’s face it, no Disney vacation is complete without meeting Mickey Mouse! Plus, Donald, Daisy, the Princesses, Toy Story pals, Star Wars characters and the list goes on. Meet & greets with characters are like meeting celebrities for kids and kids at heart. Therefore, grab an autograph book prior to your vacation to collect signatures of your favorite Disney characters. Or, think outside a book and consider one of these 7 unique ideas to collect autographs!
9. Talk With A Travel Agent
Did you know a Travel Agent comes at no cost to you? They can assist with reservations as well and help you decide on your perfect Disney Resort. If some of these items seem overwhelming, enlist the help of a Travel Agent. Destinations in Florida is always willing to help!
10. Watch Disney Movies
While this one is not a requirement, it sure is a fun to-do item prior to a Disney vacation. Catch up on old favorites, and perhaps pick a few Disney movies you have not yet seen. Read this list: 25 Movies to Watch before your Disney Vacation. On it, are 25 suggested Disney movies and activities that correspond to your Disney World vacation.
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