My best Disney World planning advice – PREP104

In this episode, I discuss my best planning advice that I hope everyone will use for their trips, including ways to handle dining, FastPass+ reservations, and touring the parks during your trip.

I also have news, a quick tip about parades, and a featured company that I hope you'll work with.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Best planning advice

Some tips I hope everybody will follow for their trips:

  • Book your most difficult dining and FastPass+ reservations first. Don't book in chronological order.
  • The most difficult FastPass+ reservations to get are Anna/Elsa and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Often, the only people getting these (especially Anna/Elsa) are those staying onsite who jump to the end of their trip first. Everybody else should watch The Dibb for openings.
  • Plan dining based on where you'll be (unless you booked with very little time, and then I'd suggest choosing dining based on current availability and forming your daily plan around that).
  • If you show up to use a FastPass+ and the standby line is short, jump in the standby line and then open the app on your phone to change it to something else.
  • Group touring plans by hour for the first few hours and then leave the rest of the day open. That's how my touring plans are structured, and seems to work the best for most people.


  • Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package is available on Halloween party nights and gives you parade viewing and a Halloween-themed fireworks dessert party. The price is $69 for adults, $39 for kids and can be booked online or by calling 407-939-3463.
  • Some Table Service restaurants are now scheduled to be open on Halloween party nights, giving some people a great opportunity to snag a reservation they weren't previously able to get.
  • The current bounceback offer (which anybody staying onsite can get by dialing x8844) is for Free Dining for next year and seems to be available through October 31.
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  • Some credible rumors indicate that Frozen Fun will likely be extended and One Man's Dream is relocating to another spot at Disney World.

Quick tip of the day

Magic Kingdom parades don't usually require lining up way ahead of time, though Main Street will have lots of people waiting way beforehand most of the time. I suggest watching from the front of the park or in Frontierland and not showing up quite as early. All parades start in Frontierland and end at the front of the park, except Main Street Electrical Parade which goes the opposite direction.

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Tried to look on the dibb and just so you know it states it can’t find FP+ anymore so the link is no good.

Considering the fall bounce back offer for the Free Dining promotion, do you think they will still announce the Free Dining promotion (like they typically do) again in Spring 2016? I am staying on resort this September and am very tempted to take advantage of the 2016 offer if it gives me first dibs on the rooms with lower rates.

Do you have any idea where One Man’s Dream will be moved to?

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