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  • On Mar 4, 2022
    Stephanie 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.

    Hello, I was wondering if there is a planning checklist available, to show how many ahead you should book certain activities/dinning etc? (our vacation is booked for Set 2022) thanks!

    Hey there, Stephanie! Welcome back to planDisney! I'm so glad that you've stopped by with your vacation planning question.

    Well, Stephanie, you are someone after my own heart. I love planning Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and I LOVE a good checklist! Step one on the planning checklist is to start your vacation countdown and get super excited! Woohoo! Now that that's been checked off, let's chat about the rest of your planning to-do list.

    The first thing you should do is familiarize yourself with the My Disney Experience website and download the app. Every planning tool that you need is right here at your fingertips! In fact, if you log in to your My Disney Experience account and hover over "My Disney Experience," you have a checklist of sorts at the bottom half of the list of options, starting with the Disney Park Pass System. If your tickets have been purchased and linked, you can make your Theme Park Pass reservations right now! Now, your plans are really starting to take shape!

    Now, let's talk about my favorite part of every Walt Disney World Resort vacation: Dining and the Enchanting Extras. The dining experiences are part of the fun and magic, and I love to add at least one new Enchanting Extra, such as a tour or dessert party, to every trip to Walt Disney World Resort. Booking your dining reservations and Enchanting Extras can be done 60 days before your arrival date, so mark your calendar! You can begin booking on My Disney Experience right at 6 a.m. EST. If I have your correct arrival date, your booking date is July 27, 2022. This is the one important date that you will need to remember. 

    Next, I would start exploring the Tickets and Visit Guide to see what each park has to offer, no matter whether you're a thrill-seeker or a more cautious traveler, at any time of year. This is a great way to get a description of the attractions and see what your interests are and what your must-do attractions will be for each park. Take these interests and must-dos over to the My Disney Experience app, where you can start entering your preferences into the Disney Genie service to get a head start on tapping into the Genie's phenomenal cosmic power to create your best Disney days! If you wish to add Genie+, you might be able to add it to your tickets now, or you can wait until the morning of your theme park day to purchase. 

    Next, just be sure to complete Online Check-in under "My Plans" so that you can skip the front desk and go directly to your room as soon as it's ready! If you wish to purchase a MagicBand as your room key, park admission, to make purchases and more, you can also do this on My Disney Experience by clicking "My MagicBands and Cards." If you don't want to purchase a MagicBand, Hakuna Matata! It means no worries! Just log in to the My Disney Experience app, click the three-line menu icon and then Disney MagicMobile to set up and download your Disney MagicMobile Pass into your digital wallet. This Pass will act as your park admission, room key and more with just a swipe of your phone! How cool is that?!

    One last planning tip: Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for news on the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival as soon as it drops! You won't want to miss it!

    Happy planning, my friend! I hope that you stop by any time with any vacation planning questions, Stephanie!

    I hope to see ya real soon,


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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, Louisiana

I'm Mandy - Louisiana girl, wife, Mommy and lover of all things Disney. Walt Disney World Resort is my family's happy place, and our vacations are equal parts rope-drop thrilling and poolside chilling. For us, the best things in life aren't things at all, and we believe in investing in experiences and making magical memories together. Our Disney Vacation Club Membership has been our investment into a lifetime of unforgettable family fun. It's our key to the magic, and I can't wait to help you unlock yours! Learn More About Mandy

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