• On Dec 30, 2020
    Melanie from MS Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    how do i go about planning a trip

    Hi Melanie,

    Welcome to planDisney!

    I am so excited to hEAR that you are planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    All aboard! Consider me inspired by Engineer Goofy from Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway! Our first stop needs to be Decision Station. You have a few things to decide before you can price your vacation. Choose your travel dates, resort type, and room category. There are value, moderate, deluxe, and deluxe villa resorts. My family prefers the deluxe and deluxe villa resorts because of the multiple dining options they offer but we also love the pools at the value and moderate resorts.  

    Next stop - Vacation Package Pricing. Using the vacation package search feature, enter the size of your travel party and the dates of your trip. You will then be able to see the resorts that have availability and the pricing for those resorts. Once you select a resort hotel, you can select the number of theme park ticket days. If you are planning a five-night stay, for example, you could select four-day tickets.

    Third Stop - My Disney Experience. If you do not have one already, you will need to create a My Disney Experience account. Once you create that account, create a profile in your Family & Friends List for everyone in your travel party OR, if folks already have their own My Disney Experience accounts, you will need to connect with them. Once you have a confirmation number for your vacation package, be sure to link it in your My Disney Experience account.

    Fourth Stop - Disney Park Pass system reservations. Given your expected arrival dates, you will need to make a reservation for everyone in your party for each theme park you plan to visit during your trip. To do so, you will have to decide which theme parks you will visit on each day of your stay. On our last trip, some theme parks did reach capacity prior to our visit, so I highly recommend that you make those park pass reservations as soon as you book your vacation package. 

    Fifth Stop - Advanced Dining Reservations. Even prior to the current capacity limits, my family always made advanced dining reservations. I recommend them even more so now. Although there are a number of quick-service restaurants that offer mobile food and beverage ordering, there are also table-service restaurants that we love to experience. 

    Final Stop - Check the operational updates since experience availability and procedures could change prior to your visit!

    Last tip - Melanie, if you have any Resistance fighters in your crew, be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog for info on the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance virtual queue process. 

    May the Force be with you as you plan!


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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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