When beginning to plan a Walt Disney World vacation, the emails, the mailings…all of those things can get overwhelming. If you’re anything like me, I find myself the night before the trip pouring over every stipulation and sent piece of information to ensure we’re properly prepared. Maybe I’m just a little nutty but here are my tips to keep organized when planning a Disney vacation.
How to Better Organize Your Disney Vacation
Take Advantage of My Disney Experience
This fairly new feature Disney has provided is a wonderful tool. It is a simple app on your phone that let’s you keep things organize virtually. I used to be big on the folder full of reservations numbers, dining confirmations, etc. Now, I have it all right at my finger tips! Plus, I can easily change and make dining reservations right from the app. You can even make reminder notes for yourself. “Hurrah” for upgrading to no more paperwork in my luggage!
Do You Have a List?
My biggest thing is creating lists. I am a stickler for creating packing lists. I will list everything to pack. From extra batteries for the camera to my credit card. I will never list just to pack my purse or wallet. I will list everything that is in that wallet or purse: chap stick, lotion, credit cards, spending cash, tickets, etc. Everything goes on that list so as not to forget a single thing. I also will number how much I need of each item. Especially when it comes to clothing. I try to think about how long we will be on vacation and what we will be doing. This way I pack the right amount of socks with a few extra in case thunderstorms soak out our shoes.
What Are We Doing There?
I do enjoy “going with the flow” at Disney. However, I will keep a loose itinerary before we leave. This way we can plan to be in certain parks for dining reservations. Especially if we don’t have a Park Hopper plan. I’ve seen plenty of people color code itineraries and laminate down to the second at Disney. While I don’t recommend going that far, a little bit of planning can go a long way. I find sometimes if you do over plan, the trip goes by all too quickly.
Let Someone Else Find the Deals
Authorized Disney Vacation Planners are fantastic. They do everything in their power to find you the best deals, and keep finding you the best deals even after booking. I recommend checking out Get Away Today Vacations to lock in your vacation for only $125 down (prices subject to change)!
If you haven’t checked out the “Shop Disney Parks” app, you should. You can shop virtually anywhere in and outside of the Disney Parks. You can even scan the bar code of items in the park and purchase them on the app to be sent to your resort hotel or ship them home. You can also search for any items on the app to ship home or to resort hotel as well. Such an awesome piece of magic!
180 days in advanced is the most recent magic number to booking your Walt Disney World dining. Things go QUICK! I may sound nuts, but staying up until midnight to your 180 day mark might be an option if you’re dying to eat somewhere. Been there! Let me clarify that this is more of a joke. I’ve spent all-nighters trying to book Be Our Guest when the lunch reservations first came out. It worked, but not a sure fire way to get anything. Simply the rumor mill of Disney communities.
In all seriousness though, you can call 407-WDW-DINE (3463) to book your dining reservations starting at 7am ET on the 180 day mark. Booking online (6am ET opening) is another option or using My Disney Experience app when you’re pulling the all-nighter on the West Coast. Getting up at 3am/4am PT calls for some coffee. 😉
TIP: If you’re looking for what restaurants might be a good place for your family, check out The Disney Food Blog’s Restaurant Search Tool.
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