By Planning Phase

How Memory Maker works

Memory Maker is an optional add-on to Disney World trips. Here are details about how it works, what’s included, who should buy it, and how to save money by pre-purchasing it.

Step 6: Add extra magic

Sure, Disney World’s slogan is “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” but you can do even more to spoil your kids make your trip more special. Here are some ideas.

Step 5: Plan park touring

People who plan their park touring wait in fewer lines and get to ride many more rides than those who don’t. Here are some strategies for getting the most out of your time in the parks.

Step 4: Pick dining options

Now that you’ve made a daily plan, it’s time to figure out where you’ll be eating. Every single eating establishment in Disney World is listed at the link below. For each day of your trip, figure out where you’ll be and make dining plans around that. If you’re using the Disney Dining Plan, have a rough plan where you might use your snack, counter service and table service credits. For any table service restaurants you want to eat at, make the reservations as soon as you can (up to 6 months in advance). You can make reservations online or by

Step 3: Make a daily plan

So now that you’ve got your dates and the place you’ll stay, what will you do each day of your trip? There are 4 major parks, 2 water parks plus many other activities that you could choose. Let’s start with how many days you should plan to spend in each park.

Step 1: Pick a Date

(Article last updated: February 2017) So you know you want to go to Disney World, but how do you figure out when to go? If you’re like me, you might just say “I want to go now!” but then you remember that you’re a grown-up and maybe there’s a better way to go about this. There are several criteria you might consider like price, temperature, Ryan Gosling’s travel schedule and/or crowd levels. Below are links to charts to help you choose dates for your trip.

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