• On Mar 11, 2017
    Joy from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    This will be our first visit to Disney World and unsure about the theme park tickets. Can I buy them in advance..we won't be going until July, 2017.

    Hi Joy,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Let us do a happy dance for your first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    You can purchase your tickets in advance and I suggest that you do. The crowds can be intense at the Walt Disney World Resort, so I recommend that you book as soon as possible. Here are my other tips.

    First, make a reservation at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel comes with certain privileges. Resort guests enjoy Extra Magic Hours which provide additional time in the parks. Resort guests also can use Disney's Magical Express transportation from the airport and can take advantage of complimentary transportation from the resort to the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. 

    Second, purchase a vacation package with theme park tickets and a Dining Plan. Food can be expensive and it is often not practical to leave the parks just to eat. Purchasing a dining plan allows us to better estimate the amount of money we will spend on food. For us, the dining plan is a great value because we want to enjoy character meals.

    Third, make Dining Reservations 180 days in advance. Restaurants fill quickly and you may not be able to walk-in and get seated during your visit. 

    Fourth, create a My Disney Experience Account. You can use this to link your resort, dining, and Fast Pass+ reservations. While in the park, you can also use the Mobile App to check wait times for rides.

    Happy Planning!

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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