Part 2 Time to Plan & Book Your Fun at Walt Disney World
There are so many important dates to remember, it is easy to get lost. Make sure you put these big ones in your calendar as they do approach so quickly. This is a long post but filled with tons of information as I didn’t want to leave anything out.
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We called a Disney meeting in the backyard during the summer which included dinner, drinks and a movie to keep little ears away. We laid out a grid with thoughts as to a game plan each day and what park we’d like to go to when. We all came with some homework done as to which park had the late night when, and what shows or special events were happening on which day. This was everyone’s chance to get their must do’s on the board and to do our best to make it all fit. We sat armed with cell phones, My Disney Experence App and computers so we could all look up a variety of questions that arrose. All in all we talked for over an hour trying to make sure we didn’t leave any request or information off the list. I will say, start to become familiar with the app as it is truly the most helpful tool while in the park once you dump all your data in it. It is linked between family members, reminds you of fastpasses+ and reservation as well as things you’ve marked and possible.
Special Adventures – Bippy Boppy Boutique & The Pirate’s League both can be booked 180 days in advance. The Star Wars Jedi School at Hollywood Studios can only be booked for the day of by the parent & CHILD being present when the gates open, sometimes as early at 7am. All of the special adventures are such great fun.
There is just so much information when looking into special adventures at Walt Disney World. In the hopes of not overwhelming my blog post here, I decided to break this out into an additional post which can be found by clicking here.
Dinner Reservations – Can be made 180 days in advance of arrival. Book all character meals first as those fill the fastest. I’d personally recommend at least one meal a day where you sit and relax to dine.
Fast Passes+– 60 Day prior to arrival. Book ASAP they go so quickly. Pick the 3 important things for your family each day and make sure those happen. It might be a sit down meal, seeing a princess, catching the fireworks, or a thrill ride. Know you won’t get to it ALL but a good plan helps see lots. Plan the use of your passes in a logical direction noting where you need to be for meals. Don’t use passes for the first hour of park opening you’re likely to get on a ride in short order and you will have wasted a fastpass+ booking.
PhotoPass Memory Maker – I went against my better judgement and did not order this ahead of time. The package is available at a discount before you arrive but goes up the closer you get to arrival date. It is a such an easy and great program. They snap some great photos, scan your bracelet aka Magic Band and they appear instantly on you phone with the My Disney Experience app. When you get home you can download them a bunch of times.
Strollers -Which would you rather roll in for the day? Photo credit: Mom Endeavors. Kingdom Strollers worked out to be awesome for us. I booked a city mini double. It arrived clean, ontime and was great. My 6 year old enjoys ridding and it was so much easier to just have both kids sitting safely when navigating crowded parks or late at night. It was nice using the stroller from our hotel room door and back. The park strollers have to be handed in prior to park departure where as we would keep ours as we stood in line for monorails, trams, and busses loaded with sleeping children. The 2016 pricing for a double was $18 a day for Stroller Kingdom and $27 per day for the Disney stroller. (Note that if you keep your receipt and are using a park hopper you can show it at the next park and get another stroller.)
Groceries If you book Stroller Kingdom first you’ll receive a coupon for Orlando Groceries. You have until prior to 72 hours before arrival to book and guarantee on time delivery. My grocery list will appear in a latter blog post.
This only represents our trip there are tons of suggestions out there. Have fun and enjoy the journey and adventures of Walt Disney World.
Additional blog posts and more coming soon…
Part 1: Research & Booking
Part 2: Time to Plan & Book your Fun
Bonus: Special Adventures
Part 3: Time to Shop things I purchased ahead of time…
Part 4 Time to pack/hunt; things I brought from home…
Part 5: Final Countdown
Part 6: Here We GO!
Part 7: Playing in the Park
Part 8: Memories & Lessons Learned