• On Sep 7, 2017
    Michelle from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Planning to stay off property for 11/17 wdw trip 3 day park hopper pass.Can you give tips. purchase bands from Disney store on line. parking. making dining reservations& fastpasses

    Hi Michelle,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I can imagine the excitement in your house as you plan a trip during the Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort!

    I definitely suggest that you purchase MagicBands prior to your visit. Make sure you have created a My Disney Experience Account and linked your MagicBands and theme park tickets to that account. Also, be sure that you have your Family & Friends listed and linked to their theme park tickets unless they have their own My Disney Experience Accounts. If they have their own accounts, just be sure to connect with them through My Family & Friends in My Disney Experience.

    If you have not made dining reservations already, do so quickly. Reservations can be made 180 days in advance and restaurants get booked quickly. There are some amazing restaurants at Disney Springs. For some family fun, try dining and bowling at Splitsville. For a more upscale experience, try STK Orlando. 

    With valid park tickets, you can make your Fast Pass+ selections 30 days prior to arrival. My family always prioritizes the rides we want to experience at each park and then we make our Fast Pass+ selections accordingly. Remember that some parks have a tiered Fast Pass+ system. On Pandora, for example, we have to choose between Avatar Flight of Passage and Na'vi River Journey.

    Michelle, check out the parking options prior to arriving and you will be all set!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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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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