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  • On Feb 26, 2022
    Myra 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.

    I'm going to Disney next Friday with a school group. Since I won't have my ticket until the travel agency hands then out the day of, we have no reservations for rides, meals, etc. Do you have recommendations for day of planning? Thanks, Myra

    Hi Myra! Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your great question!

    Even though I love to plan, plan, plan for my upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacations, a spontaneous visit always brings me joy because it gives me a reason to find new and interesting places to eat and stay and sometimes lets me experience things I've never done before! On my last trip I got to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance for the very first time, and even though I'm not very well-versed in Star Wars, I was completely blown away by the sheer size of the attraction and the incredible theming throughout.  It was absolutely amazing and I can't wait to go again!

    I'm sure you and your school group will be able to experience new rides and shows while you're visiting the Resort as well!  Hopefully, your travel agent has at least booked your group their Park Pass Reservations, as you will need them, as well as your Theme Park Ticket, to enter any of the four Theme Parks.  Everything else, like rides, shows, and even dining reservations, can be easily booked the day of your visit on your My Disney Experience account or mobile app. In fact, if you already have a My Disney Experience account you can make dining reservations even before you leave home!  Once you open the mobile app, click the plus sign at the bottom center.  This will open a new set of buttons, the top which will say "Check Dining Availability."  From here you'll be able to browse the reservations that are available to book right now.  I would even keep checking as your trip gets closer, as sometimes new reservations open up as other Guests cancel.  If you want to maximize your time playing instead of at a sit-down meal, you can even use Mobile Ordering to order, pay, and have your food ready for you before you even arrive at the restaurant.  

    When it comes to rides and attractions, you have no need to worry about making any reservations early! In fact, you and your party can wait in the standby line of any attraction at any time.  If you're interested in purchasing Disney Genie+ Service you and your party can use your mobile device to select a return time for an attraction and walk right on later, instead of waiting in line. With Disney Genie+ you're in luck because all Guests are unable to start making return time selections for Lightning Lanes until the day of their visit to the Parks, so you're right on time!

    I hope you and your group have a wonderful time! Please stop by and see us again if you have any other questions!
    Ashley M

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Massachusetts

Hi All, I'm Ashley! From the very beginning Walt Disney World Resort has always been a part of my life. As a child I excitedly helped to plan family trips, as a young adult I planned our "happily ever after" right on Disney property, and now I'm lucky enough to plan magical vacations for my three incredible children. When we're not taking in the enchanting experiences of the parks, we're home in Massachusetts, probably planning our next trip! Learn More About Ashley

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