• On Aug 22, 2021
    Kathie from NE 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 am looking to plan a vacation for my extended family to Disney next July. We will stay about seven days and will need multiple rooms. I want to be sure to make the best memories possible. There is so much information out there, where do I start?’

    Hi Kathie!

    Welcome to planDisney! Kudos to you for taking the lead on planning!

    Let's get this planning party started! First, start exploring the digital tools that are available on the Walt Disney World website. The navigation links at the very bottom and in the top middle of the page helped me. You can start by reviewing this list of Disney Resorts Collection hotels. As you consider which resort hotel might suit your family's needs, take a look at the dining and transportation options at each resort hotel. My family prefers resort hotels with multiple dining and transportation options.

    A few of our favorite resort hotels include Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Contemporary Resort, and Disney's BoardWalk Inn, all because they are within walking distance to one or more theme parks. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Contemporary Resort are all within walking distance to Magic Kingdom and have monorail access to EPCOT. Disney's BoardWalk Inn is within walking distance to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We also love staying at resort hotels with access to the Walt Disney World monorail because we then have easier access to dining options at those resort hotels. On our most recent visit in July, we stayed at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and enjoyed walking over to the Grand Floridian Cafe for lunch. We also caught the monorail to dine at California Grill which is located atop Disney's Contemporary Resort.

    Then, decide what type of theme park ticket you would prefer, Standard 1 Park Per Day or Tickets with the Park Hopper® Option and the number of theme park ticket days your will need. Once you have a few resort hotel preferences and an idea of what type of tickets you would prefer, start searching for vacation packages. Prior to actually reserving a vacation package, be sure to check the theme park reservation availability calendar to be sure that there are Disney Park Pass system reservations available for the dates you want to visit. Once you confirm that there are park passes available for the dates of your visit, then book a vacation package.

    In the planning process, you also need a My Disney Experience account. Once you book a vacation package, use the confirmation number to link that reservation to your My Disney Experience. Log into My Disney Experience, click on My Plans, and then click to Add More Plans. From there, click on Link Reservations and Purchases. Once your vacation package is linked, you can make your park pass reservations. And once you make park pass reservations, those should link to your My Disney Experience account. 

    Kathie, currently, at 60-days prior to arrival, we can make advanced dining reservations. I would suggest that you at least make reservations for dinner if not for more meals! Happy Planning!

    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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