• On Nov 26, 2014
    Jamie Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    our first visit to Wdw with our kids 4&7) in Aug. staying at Caribbean beach. so excited but overwhelmed at how things have changed since my last visit in 1999! Pls help where to start how many days in advance do I book also what extras should I not mi

    Hi Jamie,

    A lot has definitely changed! There's almost too much to describe in one answer, so feel free to come back and ask individual questions.

    First, you'll want to set up an account on My Disney Experience and link your reservation and tickets. Since you are staying on property, you'll be able to receive MagicBands, and can customize them by choosing colors and adding names. Then, you'll have some time to figure out what restaurants and attractions you'll want to experience during your vacation. If you haven't booked the Magical Express to get to and from the airport, you should do that as well. Do some research online or in a guidebook, and discuss everything as a family. You'll want to have a list of must-dos before your booking windows open.

    When it's 180 days before your arrival date, you can book dining reservations. Popular locations, especially character experiences, do book well in advance. So try to do it right away.

    At the 60-day window, you'll be able to book your FastPass+ experiences. It's always possible that things may change before then, so be sure that you know what the latest policies are. Right now, you are able to book up to three FastPass+ reservations per person per day. I recommend booking them in the afternoon, and waiting in the standby line in the morning for other attractions. Lines tend to be shorter in the mornings.

    I hope that helps! Have fun with your planning!
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My name is Jodi from Massachusetts.  I am married with 2 children and work as a writer and consultant. I really look forward to helping parents everywhere plan a vacation within their budget that will truly create lifelong memories. Learn More About Jodi

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