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How to plan a Disney World trip – PREP220

How to plan a Disney World trip – PREP220

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Links/notes mentioned in this episode


  • crowd calendar
  • fave times are in January and February, September good for low crowds


  • Choose onsite or offsite w/onsite perks
  • Faves onsite: Pop Century, Art of Animation suite, like all moderates almost equally except for bus stops, fave deluxe are Contemporary and Beach Club
  • Faves offsite: Swan/Dolphin, Four Seasons, Disney Springs hotels



  • choose dining based on where you’ll be



  • scavenger hunts at hotels
  • pressed coins
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Early Morning Magic, After Hours
  • Tours

Quick tip of the day

Quick tip from Kathy S.:

“Make sure you update/renter your credit card on file in your My Disney Experience account. Especially if you haven’t been to the parks in a while to know your card is still active in your account.

My brother and I were ready at 6am this morning to make our ADRs. We followed the advice for getting hard-to-get ADRs on and thought we had everything ready.

I was able to work through my list easily with no problems. The tab idea on the website worked wonderfully. My brother was not having the same luck as he was asked to renter his credit card info on his first reservation.

While trying it do that, the page froze and wouldn’t reload. He tried again and it froze again. He had to log in using a different browser then re-enter his credit card into his account.

From there he was able to start over with trying to make reservations. By this point, I had made all 4 of the ADRs on my list and 2 of them from his list.

His credit card was still in his account from his last trip 2.5 years ago, but clearly Disney felt it needed verified.

My last trip was 4 months ago so my card must have still been active in the system. This one little hiccup could mean the difference in getting those high priority ADRs.

Planning ahead and working together allowed us to get every ADR we wanted.”

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