• On Jun 25, 2021
    Tayeeba from NJ 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 need help planning vacation for next year

    Hi Tayeeba,

    Welcome to planDisney! We are here to help!

    First things first, let me give you a few tips to help you navigate all of the great planning tools on the Walt Disney World website. Once you get familiar with the planning tools, you will be able to make and modify your plans!

    I suggest that you familiarize yourself with the Disney Resorts Collection hotels. My family prefers resort hotels with several different dining and transportation options. A few of our favorite resort hotels include Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Disney's Contemporary Resort.

    Next, price out a vacation package. Once you enter your travel dates, number of people in your party, and ages of any children traveling with you, you should be able to see pricing and availability across different resort hotels. We always price our vacation packages early, about a year in advance, and then we start saving money. To book a vacation package, you will just need to pay a deposit and then pay the remaining balance by the due date, typically 30 days prior to your trip.

    Once you book that vacation package, make sure you create a My Disney Experience account and then use your confirmation number (which should be emailed to you) to link your vacation package in your My Disney Experience account. Once linked, you should be able to make payments online. Just log into My Disney Experience, click on My Plans, and scroll down to see your reservation details. Once you see those details, you should see a link to Make a Payment.

    Tayeeba, once your vacation package is linked, make Disney Park Pass system reservations. Check the operational updates regularly since policies and procedures could change. Finally, take a look at the restaurants that take advanced dining reservations. Once your dining reservation window opens, you will want to make those dining reservations, especially for character dining experiences or other popular restaurants. 

    Happy Planning!

    Magic and memories,
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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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