• On May 31, 2018
    Sarah from MO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    To make a reservation to eat, ride or meet a character do you have to have a fast pass? 2 people in our party have resort cups from last year, are they still good or do they expire? Thanks!

    Greetings Sarah and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    You must be excited about your upcoming Disney vacation! You are just a couple of months away from making memories that you will cherish forever.

    Visiting the Walt Disney World Resort seems a little complicated at times with all the details involved, but I can assure you that planning ahead definitely pays off! It ensures that you will make the most of your time and have a magical and pixie dusted experience.

    Sarah, you can start making dining reservations up to 180 days in advance online, using the My Disney Experience mobile app or calling (407) 939-3463. You do not need a Disney Resort hotel reservation, theme park admission tickets, and FastPass+ selections to book your favorite restaurants.

    Actually, FastPass+ is a great feature that is already included with theme park admission and allows you to select a specific time to enjoy up to three attractions a day at a theme park. This makes touring parks very convenient because you can secure a special time to ride up to three of your favorite attractions, and for all other rides you are welcome to use the stand-by queue. Certain character meet and greet experiences also offer FastPass+, so you can make selections for those if you wish.

    As for the refillable mugs that Disney Resort hotel Guests can purchase (complimentary for those visiting with a Disney Dining Plan), they are valid only for the duration of your stay, so you will not be able to use the ones you have at home. This just gives you the chance to purchase new mugs and add them to your collection!

    I hope this helps you while planning, and that you have a fantastic time at the place where dreams come true!

    Best magical wishes,
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Meet the Panelist: Thiana, Brazil

My name is Thiana and I am a German-Brazilian university professor and sworn translator from beautiful Brazil. I am happily married to my prince charming and the proud mother of two lovely princesses. When I am not busy with work or family, you can catch me reading, running, listening to music, or planning our next Walt Disney World Resort visit. I hope to help you plan a magical Disney vacation that will be filled with wonderful memories.

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