• On Jan 19, 2020
    Valerie from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are coming to D2 Summit in May 2020. We want to arrive a day earlier than our package stay. Add a day at the resort to our trip. How would we go about doing that since our package is handled by our gym? Thanks!

    Hi Valerie! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I'm so happy you've stopped by with your planning question, and I'm happy to help.

    Congratulations to your cheerleader and the squad for making it to the D2 summit. Very exciting! Since your package is being offered by your gym, and is likely a special package offered by Disney to sports groups, you are probably not able to alter it. You could contact the person at your gym in charge of the bookings to make absolutely sure, but you also have the option to make a new reservation for just that first night on your own. My suggestion would be to visit or call Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservations and add a room-only reservation for your arrival night. Be sure to note on the online reservation or let the Cast Member on the phone know that you will be starting your package the next night, and provide the reservation number so that they can connect the two stays in the system. That way you shouldn't have to change rooms when your package begins.

    I love arriving at Walt Disney World "early." I always try to fly or drive in a day before my theme park fun starts in order to take advantage of my resort amenities. I like to unpack, unwind, and relax at the pool. It's a great way to get my mind in vacation mode! My family also likes to make an Advanced Dining Reservation at a resort restaurant to kick off our Disney fun. Some of our favorite places to start our trip with a festive, family meal are: 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Boma - Flavors of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort.

    In between competitions, there will be so much for you to enjoy in the theme parks. You will be visiting right in the middle of the 2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Stop in and see what's blooming! Also, if you have time, be sure to hop over to Disney's Hollywood Studios for a ride aboard Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, a zany, cartoon world adventure debuting in March.

    Wishing you a magical stay, Valerie. Best of luck to your squad at the D2 Summit!


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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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