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  • On Oct 3, 2022
    Paul from SK Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family is planning a trip for December. there are 9 of us in total. I have our whole party on the app, parks booked for our trip, and the passes came in the mail today. Do i need to do anything else or are we good to walk in the first day?

    Hi, there!

     Welcome to planDisney, Paul. I'm so happy you stopped by and even happier to hear you'll be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season! It's truly the most magical (and merry!) time to be visiting the theme parks. 

     It sounds like you're on top of your Disney vacation planning - well done! With everyone linked together through Family & Friends on My Disney Experience and your Theme Park Tickets and Theme Park Reservations squared away, you're well-prepared for pixie-dusted adventures. Let's chat about just a few things!

     By 'passes,' do you mean that you received MagicBand+ (or the traditional MagicBand) or Key to the World admission cards in the mail? You will need a method of entry on hand for admission purposes when you arrive at the theme parks on the first day of your trip. MagicBand and MagicBand+ are a convenient option, but if you won't be using one, you can request a complimentary Key to the World card for each member of your travel party at a theme park ticket booth or at the front desk of your Disney Resort hotel. You may also want to consider using Disney MagicMobile Service. This handy feature in the My Disney Experience mobile app allows you to create digital MagicMobile Passes for everyone in your travel party so that you can just tap and go with your mobile device!

     Have you thought about dining experiences? Dining reservations can be made for Table-Service restaurants up to 60-days in advance. Fan-favorite dining locations like Chef Mickey's, Be Our Guest Restaurant, and Space 220 Restaurant book to capacity quite quickly, so the sooner you check for reservations, the better availability you'll find. Dining reservations can be made online beginning at 6:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time) when you are 60-days out from your arrival date. When I hit that 60-day mark for my next Disney vacation, I wake up extra early, make a steaming cup of coffee (in a Disney mug, of course), and have my laptop fired up and ready to go by 5:45 AM.         

     I hope this was helpful, Paul. Please let me know if you have any other questions about your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! I'd love to help you plan a magical stay.

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all-things-Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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