• On Dec 3, 2021
    Kandi from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    This is my first time staying offsite and nervous I made a mistake. Any tips to optimize lost time w/o Early Entry and Lightning Lane 7am picks? Coming in 4 weeks , considered switching to onsite resort, but everything is sold out.

    Hi Kandi,

    Welcome back to planDisney!

    Looking at your arrival date, I can see why there may not be any availability with Disney Resorts Collection hotels. Having said that, my first suggestion is to keep checking. Availability can change! If you cannot switch to a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, I recommend:

    • Check the park hours and arrive early. 
    • Use Disney Genie Service. It will recommend attractions based on expected wait times.
    • Ride during fireworks or nighttime spectaculars. So, pick one night to watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT and, on other nights, ride during that time. The wait times should be shorter. Check the fireworks time for the dates of your visit for Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom and Harmonious at EPCOT.
    • Make advanced dining reservations. Doing so helps us to minimize our wait time for food and we love having a guaranteed time to dine. If you do not see availability now, keep checking. Cancelations do happen!
    • Use Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering. Be sure to check the arrival time windows at least an hour before you want to eat. 
    Make sure you have the My Disney Experience Mobile App downloaded prior to your visit. You can navigate it from home to explore how it works if you are not accustomed to using it. 

    Kandi, it will be busy but I think you can make it work! If you have not done so already, consider getting some matching gear for your crew. My family loves packing matching t-shirts for each day of our visit and we coordinate by theme park. We are so excited to welcome you to the magic!  

    Magic and memories,
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