WDW Planning: Tickets, and Dining Plans, and Fast Pass Plus, Oh My!

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We’ve taken the plunge into vacation planning for our first family trip to Walt Disney World and what can I say but, WOW!  Wow as in WAY more complicated than a trip to good ol’ Disneyland!

So, what have I learned so far?  You need at minimum six months in advance of your trip to plan and book anything you want to do.  This is the minimum if you want to book the Hotel you want, and get reservations at the restaurants you want.  That said, if you are not picky (or have a big budget to play with) about where you stay or are not into character, themed dining.  You can still plan with a shorter amount of time.  We are not those people!  Our “August” trip has now been pushed out to ensure we can make the reservations at some of the fun restaurants and character dining.  The basics to get you going… Book your hotel, Purchase a dining plan (this aides in booking your meal reservations,) Make your meal reservations (180 days out!) and finally just a couple of months before, book your fast pass plus!

If you are planning your first trip, there are some great websites (and YouTube videos) out there to check out and assist in your planning:
www.wdwprepschool.com
www.touringplans.com
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

I am certain I will have more to add to all of this going through this process!

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