Planning on Visiting Walt Disney World Resort?

Are you planning a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando? Get ready for the most unique and unforgettable experience ever. For many visitors, these vacations become an annual tradition because they quickly realize they cannot see and do everything in one visit. People discover that each Disney vacation becomes a unique vacation because of the constantly evolving experiences, annual Special Events drawing in returning Guests, offering a stay at differently themed and priced Disney Resort hotels, which by the way, can be a vacation destination all on their own without even setting foot in a Walt Disney World Resort Theme Park. Factor in Disney Resort hotel Guest amenities and people are hooked for life, many of which have become Disney Vacation Club owners.

That’s not all. The Disney Vacation Planning tools far exceed anything that’s out there compared to other travel destinations. The level of control through Walt Disney World Resort’s website and My Disney Experience mobile application affords complete customization and control down to the last minute, including during one’s vacation through complimentary Resort-wide WiFi access for all Guests. If online planning is not desirable, official Disney Vacation Planners are available to help Guests plan over the telephone by calling (407) 939-5277.

Begin by visiting Disney Parks Vacation Planning Videos to watch free videos, helping you decide where to stay and how to tour. You have full control over every aspect of your vacation. If you have any questions, please head over to the official Disney Parks Moms Panel for free planning tips and advice from Disney experts who are frequent visitors and dedicated enthusiasts.

The conveniences and benefits of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel begin the moment you book, with easy to use, step by step online prompts and fun email reminders along the way making sure you optimize all there is to benefit from, before, during and even after your vacation.

May I offer my suggestions in planning your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

  1. Check for Special Offers and consider booking a Magic Your Way Vacation Package which will include important details such as your Disney Resort hotel, Disney Theme Park Tickets and if you wish, the added option of purchasing an incredible Disney Dining Plan package. Disney Resort hotel Guests have the added amenity of being able to book select attractions and experiences in advance, 60-days before check-in through Disney’s FastPass+ Service, over those visiting Guests who are not staying at a Disney Resort hotel, which is 30 days before their scheduled visit.
  2. Once booked, raise the level of your control of planning through MyMagic+ which will include guidance for Advanced Dining Reservations, securing FastPass+ experiences, and complete customization through My Disney Experience online and My Disney Experience mobile app. Customization and planning is fun, through the easy, step by step process, in the comfort of your own home, taking care of such details as your travel style, your budgetary considerations, and preferences.
  3. Make Advanced Dining Reservations up to 180 days before your arrival at popular Disney Character Restaurants, Table-Service Restaurtants, Signature Dining Restaurants and Special Event Dining Restaurants.
  4. Personalize your complimentary MagicBand through My Disney Experience which will store your Disney Resort hotel room entry, Disney Theme Park Ticket information, Disney Dining Reservations, Disney Dining Plan Meal and Snack Entitlements if purchased, FastPass+ selections, Disney PhotoPass Service information including Memory Maker if purchased, and your Walt Disney World Resort charging priviledges during your reservation package stay. All in one little RFID wristband so you can be free to enjoy your day without carrying a single item. Not only that, your MagicBand unlocks little surprises and personalized experiences!
  5. If staying at a Disney Resort hotel and flying into Orlando International Airport, consider reserving Disney’s Magical Express complimentary transportation to your Disney Resort hotel and back at the end of your vacation. A few weeks before your arrival, you’ll receive labelled luggage tags with your resort information. Tag your bags before you leave home and you’ll find your luggage in your Disney Resort hotel room a few hours after you check-in. All you have to do upon landing at Orlando International is head over to the Disney Magical Express Welcome Center, walk up to the Cast Member manned kiosk, place your MagicBand against the Mickey Touch Point for entry into the proper Disney Resort hotel motor coach queue. If you’re an International traveller, you’ll need to have your Disney’s Magical Express Transportation Voucher with the Bar-Code Scan containing your transportation information.
  6. Complete your Resort Online Check-In to make sure your room requests and credit card on file is accurate and complete, enabling you a speedier check-in at your Disney Resort hotel on arrival day where you’ll receive your Welcome Package.
  7. Upon your arrival, Cast Members are available at the entrance to assist with Check-In, as well, in the lobby of your Disney Resort hotel there’s a special “Online Check-In Counter” for those Guests who took care of their Resort Online Check-In before they left home. International Guests will receive their new, complimentary MagicBands during check-in at the Front Desk.
  8. Now it’s time to make Unforgettable Happens Here memories at the place where Magic Is Endless!



The Memory Maker Package and MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort

Vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort is one of the best places to experience an inclusive trip, creating some of the most memorable times. For families with special needs children it becomes even easier with all the free planning tools and advice online offered by My Disney Experience. Once registered, your planning takes on a new dimension giving you full control over everything, right down to selecting which attractions to experience and even where to stand to have the best view of theme park fireworks. My Disney Experience allows us to maintain our strict schedules while on vacation, which is important for our special needs children and best of all it affords us the control over the entire vacation. That, coupled with Disney Cast Members offering insightful tips, advice and who always perceive our needs, makes for an incredible vacation experience.

Did you know that you don’t even have to worry about photography while vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort?

They have an amazing digital photography system called Disney PhotoPass® available on select attractions, dining locations, resort hotel lobbies and theme park locations for character greets a special Disney PhotoPass Photographer and/or camera system readily snaps your photograph as you’re enjoying that prime, memorable moment, that you might otherwise find challenging to take on your own.

How convenient is that! Now, no lugging around video cameras or cameras and worrying about capturing that ‘smile’. Instead, that sincere smile, moment of excitement and thrill will be captured for you. Your ‘in the moment’ will be captured. I love that!

You can easily hook into Disney PhotoPass® upon your arrival by simply approaching one of the clearly visible Disney PhotoPass Photographers who will offer you a free Disney PhotoPass Card® that needs to be scanned by every Disney PhotoPass Photographer and/or at every Disney PhotoPass® station at each offered attraction. When you get home, you simply head over to their website at:

to get started (online registration is required) with selecting and downloading your favourite photos and creating digital albums, scrapbook albums all kinds of photo memorabilia of your vacation.

Best of all they offer this incredible add-on package called the Memory Maker® which for a fee, will include all downloads of your Disney PhotoPass® attraction, character greet and dining photos as well as Magic Shots® (placement of Disney characters in special and unique poses in your photograph) and Attraction Videos. You can link all photos and attraction videos to your Disney account using your MagicBand®, park admission ticket, Memory Maker Card® or Disney PhotoPass Card®. It’s your choice.

How to get started with your Memory Maker® package:

  • register a Disney account at:
  • link the Memory Maker®to your Disney account if you haven’t purchased it online; if you have purchased it online then it ‘may’ have been automatically linked, double check
  • link your family and friends so that you can look and and download their photos
  • when at Walt Disney World Resort make sure to link each photo to your account by the use of your MagicBand® or Memory Maker Card® (Disney PhotoPass Photographers have them), or through your theme park admission ticket card or with your Disney PhotoPass Card® (Disney PhotoPass Photographers have them)
  • view your captured/linked photos online and begin your customization, but remember, one you view the first picture, you have 30 days to store more photos because the photos stay in your account for 45 days after they are taken

Here are some important things to keep in mind:

We love the convenience of using the MagicBand® when at Walt Disney World Resort because, once linked to your Disney account:

  • it is your Disney resort room door unlocking device
  • it stores your Disney Dining Plan, theme and water park admission ticket information (for the Disney Dining Plan, you must be a Guest at a Disney resort)
  • it connects your Disney PhotoPass® photos to your Disney account
  • it allows you to check in at FastPass+® entrances
  • if you are a Disney Resort  hotel Guest you will be allowed to charge food and merchandise to your Disney Resort hotel room
  • it allows customization of all your Disney account information
  • Walt Disney World Passholders can link their Annual Pass information onto their MagicBand®
  • it will store Disney’s Magical Express® (your complimentary motor coach transportation from Orlando International Airport to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel); simply have your MagicBand® on hand when you check in at Disney’s Magical Express® at Orlando International Airport
  • it allows you as a Disney Resort Theme Park Guest to link your ticket and dining reservation information to your MagicBand® even if you’re staying at a non-Disney Resort hotel.

How great is this!

After all, capturing those spontaneous, precious moments truly is the best memory!