Walt Disney World Vacation Planning

Before I offer my own tips and must do’s, let me share a few helpful links with you….

  • The official website for the Walt Disney World Resort: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com
  • The Disney Parks Moms Panel is a Q&A forum made up of Disney Moms and Dads who offer vacation planning advice. Submit a question you have to the panel, or search the thousands of questions already answered: http://disneyworldforum.disney.go.com/
  • The Disney Parks Blog is a great way to stay current on Disney Parks news from around the globe. The Disney Parks Blog Team does an excellent job offering behind-the-magic looks at the Parks and special events: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/


Park Hopper Option
What Disney says: With the Park Hopper Option, you enjoy same-day access to all four of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks—Magic Kingdom park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

What Bob says: The Park Hopper is great because you can go to one park during the day and then head to another at night for dinner or just to see fireworks. Some of the theme parks may close earlier than others, so that’s a great chance to head over to Magic Kingdom Park or Disney’s Hollywood Studios to go on some of the rides that may have been too crowded to go on another day.

What Disney says: Disney FastPass+ service lets you reserve access to select attractions, entertainment and more. With the purchase of a ticket or Annual Pass, you can start making selections as early as 30 days before you arrive, or up to 60 days before check-in when you have a Walt Disney World Resort vacation package. And the best part? There is no extra charge for this complimentary benefit.

What Bob says: We always take advantage of Disney FastPass+ service when we go to any of the theme parks, and find it to be very useful. It’s not something you have to do, but it does give you the freedom to check out shows, parades, or other attractions while you wait for your designated arrival time.

Memory Maker
What Disney says: With Memory Maker, your whole family can be in the picture at Disney PhotoPass locations—plus select attraction and dining locations—throughout Walt Disney World Resort. All of the photos you take are magically yours forever…Forget about having to purchase each photo individually—you can get digital copies of them all. Best of all, you can relax and be in the moment with your family—confident that our Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture your vacation memories.

What Bob says: Memory Maker allows you to capture unlimited photos at Disney PhotoPass locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Downtown Disney, including character meetings, iconic spots, feature restaurants, and select attractions. Rather than purchasing a CD with your photos on it, Memory Maker allows you to download and share digital copies of all your photos. Once you download the first photo you will have 30 days to capture more photos on your purchased Memory Maker. You then have approximately 45 days from the time the photos are taken to download them before they expire.

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