cinderellas royal table
  • On Jan 5, 2020
    Ashleigh from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I’m feeling overwhelmed with where to start in the planning process We did book our room but were waiting on 2021 packages to release before converting to a package Where can i get some info on where to start ?

    Hi Ashleigh!

    Rest assured, we can help alleviate some of your worry about the planning process! Let me walk you through some of the initial decisions you need to make.

    Since you have booked a resort hotel, it sounds as if you have selected the dates of your trip. Congratulations! 

    I suggest using the Walt Disney World website to start your planning process. As we get closer to the dates of your trip, check the Special Offers to see if any apply to the dates of your visit.

    With a vacation package, you will need to decide on the type of tickets. Prior to becoming Annual Passholders, we typically did 1 Park Per Day tickets for a number of days during our trip. For example, if we stayed 7 days, we might do 6-day tickets. Occasionally, we have done Park Hopper tickets that allow you to enter multiple parks per day. If you have little ones, park hopping might be more difficult, especially if you need to take a break for naps.

    Once you select the number of ticket days and type of tickets, decide if you will add a dining plan. My family generally does the Disney Dining Plan or the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. With the Disney Dining Plan, each person in your party 3-years old and over gets 1 table-service and 1 quick-service meal entitlement and two snacks per night of visit. With the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, each guest on the plan gets three meal entitlements (of any type) per night of visit. Each of these plans also includes drinks and a resort refillable mug. Be sure to review the dining plan details to see the differences in each and to make note of any changes to the entitlements or usage guidelines.

    At 180 days prior to your trip, you can make advanced dining reservations. Although it may seem early, I always suggest that you make those advanced dining reservations at 180 days prior to your trip. Many restaurants, like Cinderella's Royal Table get booked quickly. To do so, however, you will need to decide which parks you are visiting on each day of your trip, particularly if you do not plan to purchase Park Hopper tickets with your vacation package. If you only have 1 Park Per Day tickets, you must dine in the same park that you visit on any given day. If, for example, you plan to visit Magic Kingdom on Monday, then your dining reservation, if it is in a park, should be in Magic Kingdom.

    When your 60-day mark arrives, you need to make FastPass+ reservations (as long as you have a Walt Disney World Resort hotel or other select hotel reservation and valid theme park tickets). Essentially, FastPass+ allows us to reserve a ride time window for certain attractions. Currently, we can select up to three FastPass+ experiences per day at a single park.

    Ashleigh, remember to keep your eye on the Special Offers link on the Walt Disney World website. If any new special offers come out, check to see if they are applicable to your dates and then call 407-939-5277 to speak to a Cast Member to see if they can apply the discount to your reservation.

    Magic and memories,

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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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