Wednesday, 6 July 2016

10 Tips On Planing A Disney Holiday

Hiya! I have something a little different today and that is how I plan my Disney holidays as well as sharing with you my Little Mermaid Disney Ears! 
This plan will mainly be for Walt Disney World Florida and it also includes the other non Disney parks, but you can use these tips for any other Disney holidays like Paris.



I have been lucky enough to have been to Florida quite a few tim
es growing up and I will be heading back this year. This has helped me gain quite a bit of knowledge on planing and preparing so you can get the maximum out of your trip.

This years trip was originally booked for last year but we unfortunately had to move it to this year (2016) 
The good thing about this though was that I have had nearly 2 years of prep time to fully research and plan our trip so we get to experience everything we want to.  

In effort to try and not make this turn into a huge post I have picked out my top 10 tips that I think will benefit everyone from families to couples.
  



1. Park Tickets

I would really recommend getting your park tickets online before you go. 
I have heard that you can get them cheaper in Florida and they do sell them everywhere but the really cheap tickets nearly always have a catch.
A lot of them require you to attend a timeshare presentation what is fine if you are willing to do that but it can take up a lot of your time. Also you have to be careful of fake tickets as there are a lot out there, this also is something you have to be aware of when shopping online.
When buying your tickets online you can either go through disney or universal themselves or you can go through the company you booked your holiday with. Sometimes they can be slightly more expensive when brought on there own but they can also be included within holiday packages.
You can go into a travel agents and ask where they recommend to buy tickets, they are usually more than happy to help and give you some websites.
Here are some that my travel agent recommend to me! 



All you can do is research and see what option is more suitable to you




2. Memory Maker


The best memories can always be relived through photos and Disney offer a service where you can get unlimited profeshional photos instantly on your phone or online for you to use how ever you like. Disney have photographers in the most picturesque places of their parks as well as with characters in meet and greets or dinning experiences. 
With memory maker you can get as many digital photos from the photographers and attractions from the Disney parks for a fixed price of around £112.
I would really recommend this as when you have memory maker the photographers tend to take more photos for example, when you are talking to characters as well as posing with them. This gives you more to choose from and as they are digital you can decide how you would use them, either for digital use or printed in whatever size or style you want from whoever you want.

You can buy memory maker online or at the parks but before you buy them please make sure you check your park tickets as memory maker can be included with them as a promotional offer or with stay at a disney hotel.

For more info

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/memory-maker/        





3. Check For Seasonal Events 

Either before you book or when you have booked make sure you check out whether any seasonal activities are on during your visit. This could either be a different parade or a new show but some have separate ticketed events that can sell out quite quickly examples of this are Halloween and Christmas. Disney sell separate tickets to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, please note that day park tickets do not count as entry to these parties! 

To not miss out you will need to buy individual tickets for these parties, when buying these tickets you will need to pick a set date unlike some day tickets. 
This also applies to Universal and other non Disney parks, to find out what seasonal things are happening in the Orlando parks check out the links below. 

Disney Special Ticket Events (not just seasonal!!)

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/#/special-events/

Disney What's New!

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/activities/#/search="What's New"/sort=relevance/

Universal Ticket Events (not just seasonal!!)

http://www.universal-bookings.co.uk/park.html

Universal Parks What's New!
https://www.universalorlando.co.uk/Theme_Parks/See-Whats-New.aspx  

Sea World Events

https://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/events?from=Top_Nav

Busch Gardens

https://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa/events?from=Top_Nav




 
4. Crowd Calendars  

To get the most out of your day checking crowd calendars helps you avoid lengthy queues for your favourite attractions. Crowd calendars take a lot into consideration for example day of the week, school holidays, extra magic hours, weather, previous years and a lot more!

The best websites to see this is 
  
www.easywdw.com
www.undercovertourist.com






5. Show and Parade times

Knowing the times of the show and parades you want to see in advanced helps you make sure you don't miss them as you can plan your day around them. The last thing you want is to be on a ride when the last showing of a show is on that you wanted to see. You can check out show times using the links below!

By clicking on the link below you will be taken to a page with all the Disney parks listed, to see daily calendars click on your selected park. https://www.instagram.com/her.ambitionx/

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/calendars/ 



6. Plan Out Your Days

After looking at the daily schedules of parks, crowd calendars and seasonal events it is now time to plan your own days. 

Start off by making a note of every park you wish to go to on your trip. Then after looking at the other points start to plan what park you wish to go to on what day. By doing this you are making sure you are not missing anything and you can try and avoid busy days at certain parks!
I know this is a bit much but I create a table with what parks we are going to each day, evening and what reservations or fastpass we have for that day. You can also include show and parade times, I normally get two copies one to have in my bag for taking to the parks and one in our room.   




7. Reservations

This is such an important tip that not many people know about, leading to disappointment and missing out. When we first booked our trip I did not know about this and I was so upset that I couldn't experience what I had been really looking forward to. 

Restaurants! Yes who knew that booking a table at a Disney restaurant needed so much planning and preparation, you can book a table 180 days before. This is when you need to book, if like me you want to eat in the castle or at another disney themed restaurant you need to be online or ringing up to book on that 180th day otherwise you will not get a table. 
Very popular restaurants like Cinderella's Royal Table will sell out very quickly so to get what you want you need to be booking it a 9am on the 180th day before your booking date.

To see all the disney restaurants click the link below! 

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/
    



8. FastPass+


The best way of making sure you get to experience your favourite/chosen attractions is to get a FastPass+. 
A FastPass+ allows you to either reserve a space or join a short queue to attractions, entertainment and Character Greetings in advance.
 There is no additional cost to use FastPass+ service―it is included with your theme park admission.  
You can get a fast pass 30days in advance with a valid ticket or annual pass or you can get them on the day at kiosks in the parks but they do sell out extremely quickly. You can only get 3 FastPass+ at once and when they have all been used you can then get  3 more.
With Universal you can get a number of different types of fastpass style tickets but these are a separate price to your park ticket, before buying these I really recommend in researching how long regular queue times are around that time of year. They can be quite expensive and sometimes are not worth it if you are going out of peak season. 
See ticket prices in the link below.
www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Park-Tickets/Universal-Express/Express-Passes.aspx
    



9. Plan Your Attractions

If you didn't manage to get a fast pass for one of your favourite rides but don't want to wait over 40mins in the queue the best way is arriving to the park when it opens and go straight to that ride. Getting the rides done in the morning that normally have big queues is a good way to minimise your daily queueing. 

Before you plan that though I would recommend checking what rides have planned closures for that day to prevent disappointment. You can do this by checking the links below.

Orlando Theme Park Attraction Closures

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/refurbishments-closings-walt-disney-world-universal-orlando/ 

Disney Closures for 2016

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/rehab.htm

Universal Closures for 2016
https://touringplans.com/universal-orlando/closures
    




10. Check The Weather

I think a lot of us do this any way but regularly checking the weather is a good way to help avoid disturbances in your day. If one day is meant to be heavy rain then maybe plan to do a park that is mainly indoors or even have a shopping day in a mall so it doesn't affect you to much. Even if it is only meant to rain in the afternoon you can plan to go to some indoor shows then or if you want to avoid the heat you can plan to go into shows or rides that have aircon when it is the hottest part of the day. 




That is my top 10 tips, I hope they help you in anyway!




Now I have to talk about my new Disney ears that I cannot wait to wear on my trip in October. Some of you may not know but Ariel is my favourite disney princess so when I saw these ears I knew I needed them to wear around the parks later this year. 




They were hand made by paulies.bowtique an online etsy shop, she also does custom orders with nearly anything you can think of. To see what she has made already check out her Instagram or Etsy shop below! 

www.etsy.com/shop/PauliesBOWtique?ref=search_shop_redirect
www.instagram.com/paulies.bowtique





As you may already know it was my cousins 18th Birthday last month and she had a fancy dress party, can you guess who I choose to go as? Yes Ariel!
I made my own costume as well as some of my family, tonight I will be uploading a post all about our costumes and how we made them and what we went as. I will add
a sneak peek of my costume below!




Let me know if you have any holiday tips of your own, or what your favourite Disney character is? I love hearing from you!

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BEE 

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