• On Apr 18, 2017
    Brittany from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I havent been to WDW in 16 years so I know a lot has probably changed. Any ideas, tips, tricks, or ANYTHING you can recommend would be greatly appreciated! I have read probably every pin on Pinterest but it always helps to ask someone.

    Dear Brittany,

    Thank you so much for coming back to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question about tips and tricks for your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

    How exciting that you are headed to the Walt Disney World Resort again after so many years! You will find that a lot has changed since you were last there, and I'm sure that you've picked up on that in your research that you mentioned.

    There are so many suggestions that I have for you, but one of the tips that I share most often with friends and family is to be sure that you know your planning dates. For example, for Advanced Dining Reservations, you may make them up to 180 days in advance of your check-in date. For some of the most popular restaurants, desirable times fill quickly! Also, 60 days in advance of your trip, you should have planned out your FastPass+ selections for each day so that you can log on to My Disney Experience and book your choices easily!

    Another top tip that I have for you is to rise early during your vacation and get to the Parks at or before their opening time. Arriving early to the parks gives you plenty of time to enjoy some attractions before the crowds start to build later in the day!

    Hope that helps you to get a start on your planning!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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