I may only be fifteen, but trust me I have planned quite a few ultimate Disney vacations. Ask anyone close to me I’ve become a pro. I’m actually in the process of planning one right now. As a beginner, it seems like so much work and little details, but as you get down to business you realize, that’s part of the fun. There are many decisions you have to make towards the beginning of your planning that are essential, but as you loom closer you get to plan the exciting details.The more Disney vacations you get under your belt, the more you realize what works best for you and your family. These are just some personal tips I have learned over the years from friends, family, and most importantly the mouse himself.
STEP 1: PICK A HOTEL
When planning a vacation at Disney you are faced with many options in this realm. Such as, whether to stay in a value, moderate, deluxe, and deluxe villas. There is also the possibility of staying off resort. Let me start by saying, I’ve never stayed off property because the perks by staying at a Disney resort are just so great. Although it can get quite pricey. My family and I are Disney Vacation Members, and our home resort is the Beach Club. It is where we usually stay, but we have tried The Boardwalk and Bay Lake Tower. The Polynesian is on our bucket list. But back to the point, there are many different options for many different budgets and families. Everyone should be able to find something that works for them.
STEP 2: PLAN DINING RESERVATIONS
You can begin this process 180 days to your vacation. This is something I would do sooner rather than later. Reservations fill up fast. This is my most important step. It sets out the backbone for my entire vacation. Where I eat usually decides what park or parks I’ll be at that day. For example, if I have lunch at Mama Melrose’s (a fantastic hidden Italian spot in Hollywood Studios with authentic food and atmosphere, it’s a nice break from the hustle and bustle from the parks) but dinner at Be Our Guest (the Beast’s castle). I would go to Hollywood Studios for the morning and some of the afternoon then go back to the hotel for a pool break or some relaxation. Then I would head to Magic Kingdom for the evening. This step is crucial to planning a vacation. But do not be afraid if you cant get some reservations. They might open up closer to your vacation or there are so many great quick service options.
STEP 3: FASTPASSES
This is my favorite step in the planning of the vacation. You can begin to do this 60 days in advance of your vacation. You are allowed 3 Fastpasses per person per day. You can plan them for whatever ride, park, and time you would prefer. A good tip to know is if you plan them in the morning and use them you can grab the fourth one for your day. This is my favorite part of the process because there are endless amounts of combinations and possibilities. You plan this solely on your preferences. If you have small children, I would use a Fastpass for Frozen Ever After or Peter Pan’s Flight. If your running with an older crowd use them on Rock’N’Rollercoaster or Seven Dwarves Mine Train. Also, you might want to think about what rides have recently opened, you’ll definitely want a Fastpass for those.
I hope you all enjoyed. These are just a few tricks of the trade I’ve learned. I believe these would be helpful to anyone planning a vacation and wanting a little guidance. See ya real soon!