Add in More Magic

CHAPTER 6

YOUR FINALE

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Chapter 6

THE LAST CHAPTER. It's time to add your finishing touches like order a MagicBand - if you want one - but don't worry, we'll go over that stuff, too!

The most important part of this chapter is the confirmations. You don't want to get to Magic Kingdom to realize you accidentally made a park reservation for Animal Kingdom by mistake. Or you thought your breakfast reservation was at 10am, but it was really at 9am. It's happened to me and I don't want it to happen to you!

Love, Dana

Park Hours + Event times

Park hours can change, so make sure to note on your set park days what time official opening is, along with Early Entry time if you're staying on property.

Dining Reservations

Grab your phone and open the My Disney Experience app. Screenshot every dining reservation you have, along with the confirmation numbers. Just to be safe.

Park Reservations

Just like with your dining reservations, go in and save to your camera roll your Park Reservations. If you have any issue scanning into the park, you can show Guest Services this!

Lightning Lane Priorities

Lightning Lane popularity can change week to week, or Disney changes the Genie+ attraction list overnight. Check my list of  Lightning Lane priorities one more time!

Your My Disney Experience should look like this:

Double checking the things in your control can give you piece of mind, and insure you won't be left at the gate (literally) when you arrive.

01.

Confirm the Details

If you can believe it, there's still a few more things to add. All of these are optional, so don't fret. If you're interested in any of these, now is the time to add them!

02.

Add More Magic

Add Disability Access Service, if eligible

ADD MEMORY MAKER

Between 30 and 2 days before your trip, you can pre-register for DAS Advance virtually, using live video chat. 

The Cast Member will be able to book up to 2 Lightning Lane return windows for certain experiences for you. Learn more about DAS here.

This is completely optional. Memory Maker gives you unlimited downloads of your PhotoPass photos + videos. I personally think it's 100% worth it. Learn more about it here.

ORDER MAGICBAND(s)

A MagicBand is an optional wristband that connected to your MDE account. That means you can use it to open your resort room, scan into the parks and Lightning Lanes, or charge purchases (like food.) If you're a resort guest, pre-order here and log in.

There are 3 ways to scan into a theme park or Lightning Lane:

  • a MagicBand or MagicBand+
  • using MagicMobile on your phone
  • a Key to the World card

We prefer using a MagicBands for everyone so we can scan in faster and don't depend on using our phones so much!

Do I need a MagicBand?

There are two areas of requests we want to be aware of: room requests and any amenities (think Pack n Play, crib, microwave...) so we're all set when we arrive to our resort.

03.

First, room requests. I'm not talking about getting an upgrade for something you didn't pay for - but there are "better" rooms within your room type. For example, a priority for me is having a quiet room that's not too far from the elevator.

You can put in a *bit* of a room request during your online check-in, but the options are pretty limited.

The best way to go about this is to call 7-10 before your check in and speak to someone directly by calling (407) 939-1936.

Here are some options to consider when requesting a certain room:

Being close to the elevator
Having a more quiet room
A room closer to the pool
The ground floor, highest floor, etc.
Near transportation (bus stop)



WDW RESORT RESERVATIONS:
(407) 939-1936

Next up, amenities. You can request the following - there's no guarantee of availability - but you'll most likely get what you ask for!

Pack n' Play
Rolling Crib
Microwave
Bed-rails
Highchair

Make Your Requests

Using your printed planner, or your Google sheets template, start crafting your park days by writing down:

  • The park hours, what time you want to leave, and how you're going to get there. Note if you're going to be using Early Entry (30 minutes before park opening) and/or Genie+
  • Your meals and dining reservations.
  • Priorities for Lightning Lanes; a game-plan for what you want to book at 7am using Genie+ or purchase Individual Lightning Lanes.
  • Write down the LLs you'd like to get once you're eligible to make another.
  • At least 3 must-do attractions
  • Up to 2 experiences
  • Anything else you'd like to do if you have time, along with anything you don't want to forget like sunscreen, umbrellas, etc.


Craft Your Park Days

04.

Watch me craft a morning in Magic Kingdom

PRINTABLE PLANNER

DOWNLOAD .XLSX

Craft Your Park Day

Check the weather forecast

Seems obvious, but Orlando (which is usually predictably tropical and rainy) can get in some mood swings. Check the forecast to make sure you have enough rain options, or warmer clothing. I really love using Dark Sky - it seems to be the most accurate!

Get packing!

Have you noticed I don't have a packing list for you yet? Head to the Community or follow me on Instagram to see more practical tips on packing light for Disney World.

Order groceries/ship ahead

I ALWAYS order groceries to my resort room. Think: diapers, milk, juice, water bottles, snacks, anything! I use Whole Foods, but there's also Instacart. Address any deliveries to "GUEST - (YOUR NAME)" and then the address that's on your resort reservation so you know it's super accurate!

Woot woot! Your vacation is almost here! I've thought of aaaall the things to tackle - if you need to - before your trip.

05.

The Final Week

A tip from Dana...

I'll never stop ordering groceries to our resort room. I prefer Whole Foods via Amazon Prime, but my friends love using Instacart or the the local spot, Garden Grocer

Make sure it's addressed to GUEST - (name on your reservation) and use the resort address listed in your MDE's reservation. 

I order diapers, sunscreen, apple juice, whole milk, seltzer, pretzels, cheese sticks, raw cashews, blueberries - it's amazing!

Checklist

CHAPTER 6

CONFIRM YOUR DETAILS

MAGICBANDS?

CHECK WEATHER + PACK!

Start ONLINE CHECK-IN

yes

no


YOU'VE COMPLETED THE COURSE! AH!

CLICK HERE: YOU DID IT!

SIGN UP FOR DAS, IF ELIGIBLE

MEMORY MAKER?

yes

no

ORDER GROCERIES (OPTIONAL)

PUT IN ROOM REQUEST