Hi everyone. Hope you’ve all had a good few weeks. I thought I’d write today’s post about a few tips which I think are the best things to do before you go to Walt Disney World, some planning.
PLAN YOUR PACKING
Packing for Disney doesn’t have to be a big scary thing! My advice would be to, first of all, get yourself a good checklist – (Pinterest is a good place to get one or just type packing list into google) showing you things to do months, weeks and days in advance of your trip.
Think about baggage allowance and take into consideration any gifts/souvenirs you might like to bring back from Disney World with you. If you’re travelling with a baby, check if the airline allows them any suitcases or/and hand baggage. If you’re taking a toddler or young child – make sure you pack them lots to keep them entertained in their hand luggage. I used to buy two or three cheap things like puzzle books, colouring books and give them out each few hours and I wrapped them up. Of course these days there is non stop entertainment on the TV screens for all ages of children and teens.
DOWNLOAD THE MY DISNEY EXPERIENCE APP
The My Disney Experience app is just the best for organising and planning your Disney itinerary. I used it so much before my holiday and whilst we were there! There’s so much you can do from this app. One of the best things you can do is if you put together a sort of loose itinerary before you go, based on the rides and attractions that you most want to go on/see. If you’re staying off-site you can book your FastPass passes 30 days before you go (these are the awesome passes you get that let you skip the main queue ride!). If you’re staying at a Disney World resort you can book these 60 days in advance! You get to pre-book 3 FastPass passes per person a day, in whichever park you like!
Through the My Disney Experience app you can check ride wait times, so if a ride you love the look of seems to generally have a long wait time, you’ll know to pre-book one of your FastPass passes for it.
Another thing you can do from the app is book restaurants that you wish to dine at. The app will show you what’s available to book per day and show you available times. This then all shows up under your reservations tab. The app will also show you park times, allow you to create a wish list and if you’ve purchased Memory Maker, holds all of your PhotoPass photos on. The My Disney Experience app is honestly so good and such a worthwhile thing to have, it’s also totally free to download and is shared amongst your party.
One word of advice you can always cancel or rearrange your dining but get it booked if you know you definitely wish to go somewhere as restaurants can get booked up. Just make sure you cancel 24 hrs in advance if you change your mind. Definitely play around with the app when you have it, it really is great.
DISNEY MAGIC BANDS
If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Hotel choose the colour of your Magic Band.
Disney’s Magic Bands are pretty cool. They are essentially all-in-one devices that allow you to access everything you need at Disney.
With your Magic Band you can:
- Access your Disney Resort hotel room. You won’t need any additional key/card.
- Enter theme and water parks if you have a valid admission.
- Access FastPass+ entrances by scanning your band at the machine.
- Connect Disney PhotoPass photos to your My Disney Experience account.
- Charge food and any other purchases you make to your room.
You can personalise your own Magic Bands in different colours. To pick your favourite colours for your bands, you just need to log on to your My Disney Experience account either online or via the app. If you’re from the UK, you will be able to collect your bands at your resort when you arrive.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK BY CAROLYN