After lots of anticipation, we are so excited to announce that WDW Prep Members is now live and ready for you to put to use for your Disney World trip planning!
There are lots of new tools and functionality to tell you about. Let's take a tour.
What is it?
See the tabs at the top of the site? One of them now says Members and provides tools that are exclusive to those who choose to join.
The information that's always been on the site will continue to be available, but these new features and tools will only be available to members.
There are 2 different membership levels from which to choose.
Level 1 - eBook
Members at this level will get access to the eBook files that have been available to purchase for the last couple of years.
On top of that, eBook purchasers now have 2 new features: 1.) the ability to log in anytime to snag updated versions of each document and 2.) access to a members-only forum to talk to other people about planning Disney World trips, including Heather and me! We'll be hanging out there a lot.
The eBook files consist of:
- The Quick Start Guide with a great crash course for people who are overwhelmed and not sure where to start
- A trip planning worksheet that you can fill out as you plan
- Custom maps of each park that print out on 1 page each and show when to visit attractions, suggested fireworks viewing locations, and lots more
- Touring plans in PDF and QR code formats so you can save to your phone
- Sample trip planning worksheets around various themes
Level 2 - interactive tools
Level 2 is where lots of magic happens with several new interactive tools that correspond to each step of the 6 step planning process.
The first step in the planning process is to pick your dates, and we have a calendar tool that will allow you to filter by temperatures and predicted crowd levels, and also provides a view of special events like parties and festivals scheduled to take place in the parks.
After you pick your dates, move on to the resort tool which gives you the ability to search by budget, maximum number of people per room, and WDW Prep favorites.
Each resort shows a resort map, the views available to book, and the price/night (your trip total is calculated as you go!).
Before you choose dining and touring options, I always suggest making your daily plan and this tool allows you to see the hours, suggested parks, and special events. Pick where you want to be each day (preferably the green ones!) before moving to the next steps in the planning process.
If you need tickets for your trip, you can search for the best prices from some popular sources.
There are over 400 meals available in Disney World restaurants (!!), and the dining tool will help narrow it down for you. Search based on where you plan to be, or you can search for meals anywhere at Disney World.
To narrow down the big list, filter by meal type, Disney Dining Plan acceptance, price, and many more options.
Knowing the order to visit the attractions is key to avoiding long lines, and the touring tool will allow you to build your own touring plans for each park.
The attractions indicate height requirements, if it's a good use of FastPass+, illustrations of ride vehicles so you can see how many people will fit (especially handy if the kids outnumber the adults), and when to visit each attraction.
And as you build your touring plans, they are grouped by hour (for the first 3 hours) and then your whole plan is plotted on a map at the bottom of the page so you can see how it all lays out.
And lots more
In addition to the tools above, there's also many more features, including:
- A summary page with reminders about your trip dates
- The ability to save the info as a PDF
- A button that publishes your trip plan in the trip plan review forum so others can provide feedback
- Suggestions on the order to make dining reservations
- Members-only content contained in blog posts
Soooo....that's it! Head over and join now. Can't wait to chat with you in the forums!