The dates of our Disney vacation were officially set and we knew what our package included. Now it was time to get to the nitty gritty planning and break it down day by day with specific plans.
We knew we wanted to meet certain characters, do certain rides and experience as much as we possibly could while there. We also knew that we needed to be flexible since all three of mine are little (5, almost 3 and 18 months), and that we would need to pack in as much as we could while allowing time to rest if needed.
Here are a few key things to note about traveling to Disney as it relates to making your day to day plans.
- Booking vacation plans and staying on property has its perks. Some of these benefits include the ability to make early reservations for Fast Passes, free transportation to and from parks and free parking at parks, extended theme park hours, potential dining plans options, complimentary magic bands and more.
- You can book everything, keep up with your trip plans and edit your agenda through the My Disney Experience website. Some travel agents will do everything for you (fast passes, meals, etc), some wont. You can also contact Disney directly to help with reservations and they are great – I speak from experience as there was one I couldn’t figure out online that they helped with.
- 180 days prior to your vacation (I think at 6 AM?), you can log onto the My Disney Experience website and try to book dining reservations.
- At midnight, 60 days prior to your vacation, you can log onto the My Disney Experience website and try to book Fast Pass selections.
- Fast Pass and dining can go quick, so have the “ideal” plan and then be ready to flex times or days if needed.
As for planning goes, here’s how I scheduled out our week.
Below is our week that we went. The green initials are the parks with the lowest forecasted crowds (I highlighted those in yellow for you to see) and the red is high crowds (marked through). I avoided the red! The arrows are events or shows that I wanted to consider and since those would be on specific days, that helped decide when we would be where.
Here is what the agenda page looks like on My Disney Experience after you have started adding plans. You can see at the very top is the the date, under that is the park that we chose to go to that day and from there down it lists by time our Fast Passes, our lunch reservation and then any other things I favorited as a “maybe try to do.”