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How To Get The Most Out Of My Disney Experience

I am not the only person at work visiting Walt Disney World this year.

Two of my friends, Kath and Mary, are also looking forward to Disney holidays, and in terms of holiday booking and organisation they are polar opposites.

You see Kath is fairly organised and knows where she wants to go, she is ready and waiting to set her fast passes and pre book her meals. Mary is a bit of a turn up at the airport kind off gal, hubby does all the booking and arranging, and this suits Mary down to the ground.

A couple of weeks ago Kath and I were discussing our booking at the Be Our Guest restaurant. (Which I must say, we are beside ourselves about dining in the Beasts castle, with the snow falling at the windows outside) Mary declared she had never heard of ‘Be Our Guest’. (Yes, I too though she may have been living under a rock) Kath and I started by finding a Youtube video of this amazing Disney restaurant, which she fell in love with instantly.

How To Get The Most Out Of My Disney Experience

We couldn’t believe that she literally had no idea how to plan her holiday to get the best from the Disney Parks. So we set about telling Mary all she needed to know and how to plan a trip to Disney.It actually shocked me that Mary didn’t know all of this information, but the fact is, if you do not access My Disney Experience , and if somebody else is arranging the booking, you could miss it. As Mary is staying off site she thought pre booking did not apply to her, however it doesn’t matter whether you stay on or off site, you can still access and pre book via the My Disney Experience website and app.

Let me take you through the benefits of My Disney Experience. Firstly you need the Walt Disney World Little Big Book of Magic. This is a pocket sized guidebook that is full of hints, tips and maps for Walt Disney World.

It has great advice such as height restrictions for rides, and tips for exploring Florida. The great thing is it comes in a downloadable version so you can add it to your bookstore to save on extra luggage.

Free Walt Disney World Planning Tools

Next you need to sign up for My Disney Experience, this is incredible. You can book restaurants, book a fastpass, check out Disney Park opening hours and completely personalise you whole Disney experience all via the website and app. For me this has made the whole experience so exciting, I can visit my Disney holiday once a week and get absorbed in planning my experience.

Here are my favourite features of My Disney Experience.

Firstly you can see the park opening hours for the day you are visiting, if you are staying on site you can also see which parks are offering the extra magic hours. I went through and wrote a plan of which parks were open longer on which days. This is a great starting point to plan your restaurant bookings.

How To Get The Most Out Of My Disney Experience

Once you have planned your Disney Park schedule you can then plan meals. I know this may seem weird booking so far in advance, but there are so many exciting themed restaurants and they do get busy. Booking in advance guarantees you will get a table at your chosen time.

How To Get The Most Out Of My Disney Experience

You can also search character experiences and plot where they will be at certain times throughout the day, you can save these times to your reminders, now this does not serve a fast pass. But I don’t know about you, I sometimes forget with all that’s going on, and miss the boys favourite characters. This way its in your schedule so you don’t forget.

And last but not least fastpass+, this is amazing, and so exciting. You can now book fast passes from home. The great thing is that this is not restricted to on site guests. If you are staying off site you can book your fast passes 30 days in advance, and 60 days if staying on site. I just love this, as I know we are not going to miss our favourite rides, we can set them as fast passes and they will show in our itinerary. See the short tutorial I have made below on how to use you fastpass+.

As you can see there is so much on the My Disney Experience site and app, and even better; WiFi is free at Walt Disney World. You can access your plans and even change them whilst you are on the go in the parks.  I adore the fact that when we arrive at Disney I will not be stressing about booking restaurants and getting to parks early to book fast passes as I will have it all under control.

How To Get The Most Out Of My Disney Experience

And you will be pleased to know that Mary has now booked into Be Our Guest and is happily setting fast passes and bookmarking experiences ready for her trip.

Check out my top Walt Disney World Booking Tips here.

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Mike

Wednesday 17th of May 2017

Just be warned that even 2 weeks before your trip disney will still change the park hours! I know because we are going in 2 weeks and guess what? Yes they exstended hours.....again.... and again. Damn you disney get yourself together lol

SarahJChristie

Wednesday 17th of May 2017

Mike I am so jealous I wish I was going in two weeks, I suppose on the bright side it is more time to spend in the Parks? I never want to leave at the end of the day. Have a great time x

Michelle

Thursday 12th of November 2015

Just getting started planning a Disney trip. Probably a silly question but, do you have to have your vacation paid for to start making reservations ?

SarahJChristie

Friday 13th of November 2015

I don't think you do for the restaurants I am sure we hadn't paid when we booked our restaurants, but had payed when we booked fast pass plus Michelle x

Lorna

Sunday 14th of June 2015

OMG you have just got me all the more excited reading this. I too am an organiser, I have been booking and planning still January and can't wait for 30 days (Monday)before so I an book fast passes. The screenshot of your plans is the same as ours 15th July magic Kingdom and we are too booked in to eat with the beast, eeeeekkkk super excited.

SarahJChristie

Sunday 14th of June 2015

Ha ha Lorna you sound exactly the same as me, I was so so excited on booking day and keep looking at my reservation, I have loved all the planning, have a great time when you visit x

Jen O'Callaghan

Sunday 14th of June 2015

Hi, I've just found your blog when it popped up on my Facebook, I can't wait to go back and read your other posts :-)

I love Disney, in fact love doesn't even cover it!, obsessed is more like it! My parents bought a villa in 1997 and it is literally the only place we ever go to! We just got back from our latest trip for easter and I have to say, although to was my 22nd trip I was so disappointed (I am loathed to say that because it was my youngest's (6 months) first time) but this "booking rides in advance" just doesn't work for us! We go often, and my parents even more so, and because of this reason we don't tour the parks like guests, we tour them like locals. We pop in on a morning and ride a couple of things and catch a show, then we might go and swim before deciding if we are eating in our out.

I'm not posting this so that people will think "oh, spoilt little (31 yrs!!) brat"! I'm posting this because Disney seems to have forgotten about the people on their doorstep, their bread and butter business, who enjoy going to the parks, probably have spent a lot of money on AP's, and now have to decide what they want to do a month in advance!!

Imagine if you lived 10 mins from Alton towers and might pop in and ride a ride or two after school in the summer once or twice a week. If they brought in this system, you would have to chose what you wanted to do 30 days before you got there!

Again, don't want to be a misery, but it wasn't broken, so why fix it?

Have a great time! Enjoy Be Our Guest! It's amazing! Say hi to Connie it you see her when your are checking in for your ADR!! xxxxxx

SarahJChristie

Sunday 14th of June 2015

Thanks Jen , its funny isn't it for us it is so great but I suppose it wont suit everyone, I hope you re able to learn to love it and get the best out of it.Wow i would love to visit every year it must be incredible and yes so excited to visit be our guest and I will watch out for Connie xx

Angela

Monday 18th of May 2015

we've just booked our second trip for next year. I am so excited and can't wait to get planning.

SarahJChristie

Monday 18th of May 2015

I know the planning is just as exciting isn't it, I am loving every minute x

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