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  • On Aug 7, 2023
    Mackenzie from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! I am looking to plan a Disney vacation for a few days in the month of March. I have never been to Disney and I am so confused on how booking everything works. What tickets? Where do you stay? How do you do fast passes? What is a magic band? No clue.

    Hi Mackenzie,

    How exciting to be planning your first trip to Walt Disney World! There is a lot of information out there, so let me help you with some thoughts on how I would go about planning this vacation.

    Since you know when you would like to visit, I suggest next that you consider where you would like to stay. I recommend that first-time visitors stay at a Walt Disney World resort hotel. Staying at a Disney resort hotel will allow you quick access to theme parks, as well as special benefits for staying in a Disney resort hotel, such as extra time in the theme parks. You will notice that there are many levels of Disney resort hotel, including value and deluxe. I suggest that you use the filters on that page to narrow down the type of hotel that is appealing to you and search from there.

    Yes, you will need to consider theme park tickets. The big decisions to make in regard to tickets are how many days you would like to visit and what extras you would like for your tickets. A standard ticket will allow you to visit one theme park per day. You can add options such as the Park Hopper Option, which allows you to visit more than one theme park per day, or the Water Park and Sports Option, which adds visits to locations such as the Disney Water Parks. I have visited Walt Disney World with all types of tickets before, and they are all great. It truly just depends how you think your party would like to experience Walt Disney World.

    Looking into your resort hotel and your ticket options are the first two things that I would suggest in planning your Walt Disney World vacation, Mackenzie. One more thing: I suggest that you check out the Walt Disney World Special Offers page. This page lists any currently available deals on resort hotels and tickets.

    In terms of the other options you discuss, you have a little bit of time on those. While the Disney FastPass System is no longer in operation, you can use Disney Genie+ Service to make Lightning Lane selections to reduce your wait time at select attractions. A Disney MagicBand or MagicBand+ can be used to access your resort hotel room, to tap for theme park admission with a linked ticket, and much more. Again, these are great features of a Walt Disney World vacation; however, you can look into them a little later.

    There is a specific website to guide you with planning your Walt Disney World vacation when you are ready to begin. This website includes much of the information I wrote about above. There is also a phone number for you to call and speak with a cast member directly about booking your vacation. You can find this number by scrolling to the bottom of the vacation planning website. If you have specific questions, speaking directly to a cast member can be very helpful.

    I would love to help you plan your first Walt Disney World vacation further Mackenzie; however, I am limited in the space that I have to respond. Please feel free to write back if you have any further questions!

    ~ Mona Leigh
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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