Disney Vacation Planning Basics

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Blogorail Orange is sharing the basics that will help you start planning your families Disney Vacation. Find out what you need to know about tickets, FastPasses at Disneyland, FastPass+ and the Dining Plan at Walt Disney World.

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Understanding Magic Your Way Tickets with Capturing Magical Memories

Get the basics around the different types of park tickets and add-ons for Walt Disney World and identify what ticket works best for you.

With it’s focus on how Disney gets ready for the holidays this tour is a must for fans of Disney’s Christmas and Holiday displays!” – Mary

Magic Your Way Tickets

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All guests can reserve access to favorite FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences before leaving home — or in the parks — giving them more time to explore and enjoy Walt Disney World. This can be accomplished via My Disney Experience, online or on the mobile app, or at FastPass+ kiosks located in Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.

Guests can make changes to their FastPass+ selections up to the time they are redeemed, even during the day they are visiting the park. Changes can be made with the free My Disney Experience mobile app or through kiosks located in Walt Disney World parks.

Disney FastPass+ offers guests the confidence of knowing that their must-do fun is locked in, so that when they arrive they can enjoy the moment with family and friends. Once guests have secured their “must-do” experiences, they can relax, explore and allow for those unplanned moments of magic that happen when you are spending time with family and friends.

Using My Disney Experience, Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests may make FastPass+ selections up to 60 days in advance of their visit, for each day they have a park ticket. Disney Passholders and Day guests (those not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel) are able to make FastPass+ selections 30 days in advance of their trip once tickets are purchased.

Disneyland FASTPASSES 101 with I Am a Mommy Nerd

A look at what rides do and don’t have FASTPASSES at Disneyland and California Adventure.  You also get an overview of how it works and tips for making the most out of them.

One thing that people often ask me about are FASTPASSES at Disneyland Parks. For first time visitors or those that don’t go too often it can be confusing to know which rides you can use a FASTPASS with.” – Dawn

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Official Disneyland App

The official Disneyland App offers useful information right at a guest’s fingertips, including attraction wait times, FastPass return times, maps, entertainment guides and other special features. Guests may also use the app to purchase tickets with their mobile device, look for character appearances in the park and find park hours. Details are available here.

Which Resort is Best for Your Family with Adventures with Toddlers & Preschoolers

Get an overview of the different resort levels Walt Disney World offers and discover what may be the best fit for your family.

It is so nice that Disney offers so many amazing resorts for guests with all types of vacation budgets!” – Hayden




Photo Credit: Adventures with Toddlers & Preschoolers

Photo Credit: Adventures with Toddlers & Preschoolers

Concierge Level

Kilimanjaro Club - Rolling with the MagicWalt Disney World Resort guests can enjoy personalized service catered specifically to their vacation wants and needs. By staying in a Club Level room at a Deluxe Resort, guests will receive advance itinerary planning assistance to arrange golf tee times, dining reservations, childcare services, transportation and more, as well as full access to an exclusive Club Level Lounge once they arrive.

Disney guests can get the ultimate resort experience at eight deluxe Walt Disney World hotels: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

Each concierge club offers a varied menu of special services, from personalized concierge services to private lounge privileges including complimentary breakfast, wine-and-cheese tasting and dessert-and-cordial hours. All concierge resorts also offer evening turndown service with chocolates, complimentary newspapers in lounge areas and more.

Requests honored through the years by concierge staff at all eight resorts include:

  • Setting the scene for marriage proposals and special anniversaries.
  • Searching local grocery and health-food stores for guests’ special dietary needs.
  • Creating complete family vacation itineraries, including VIP and guided tours.
  • Sewing on buttons. Fresh-squeezing grapefruit juice. Shopping for gifts and souvenirs. Rearranging furniture in rooms and suites.

Along with the expected top-of-the-line service, each Disney resort concierge prides itself on special offerings:

Kilimanjaro Club at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge offers guests of its 67 club-level rooms and suites several snack opportunities throughout the day, starting with fresh fruits and juices in the morning, a selection of African snacks in the afternoon and a selection of wines, hors d’oeuvres, and appetizers from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurants Jiko – The Cooking Place and Boma, each evening.

Stone Harbor Club guests at Disney’s Beach Club Resort (95 club-level rooms and suites) and Regatta Club guests at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (78 club-level rooms and suites) are privy to concierge lounge menu samplings of braised beef, steamed clams and other sumptuous goodies.

The Innkeeper’s Club at Disney’s BoardWalk serves up chocolate-covered strawberries, plus milk and cookies for the kids each night for guests of its 57 concierge accommodations.

Guests of the 14th floor Tower Club and the 12th floor Atrium Club at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (61 club-level rooms and suites) enjoy some of the best room views on Disney property — Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom and scenic Bay Lake. This very first Walt Disney World hotel opened with Magic Kingdom in 1971 and has hosted several generations of concierge guests who appreciate the short walk to the Magic Kingdom gates.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (181 club-level rooms and suites) wows guests of its Royal Palm Club and Sugar Loaf Club with curbside and in-room check-in, plus a daily tea event in both lounges. The Royal Palm features expanded lounge amenities including a generous sampling of cordial and liqueur choices.

The King Kamehameha Club at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (108 club-level rooms and suites) features a two-story lounge with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows for a perfect view of nightly fireworks over Seven Seas Lagoon and provides guests with access to the club-level lounge serving refreshments from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Old Faithful Club Concierge at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge features a high cast-to-guest ratio for those staying in one of 75 club-level rooms. The 5-7 p.m. wine-and-cheese gathering includes hot menu items such as salmon pot pie and child-friendly foods from its signature restaurants.

For more information about Disney club-level resort accommodations or reservations, guests can call 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639), a local travel agent or check online at disneyworld.com.

My Disney Experience and Setting Up FastPass+ with Disney Mamas

Get an overview of Walt Disney World’s new FastPass+ and step by step instructions for setting up your My Disney Experience for all the members in your party.

“Availability is first come, first served, and several attractions will fill up almost immediately (take it from a travel agent who has stayed up to many a midnight to help a client book Anna and Elsa’s meet and greet).” – Lin

My Disney Experience


MagicBands - WDW News

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Walt Disney World Resort guests use MagicBands for FastPass+ access to experiences and attractions throughout the theme parks in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Guests also can use MagicBands to enter their Disney Resort hotel room, buy food and merchandise, enter Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and water parks, and connect to Disney’s PhotoPass. MagicBands are part of the new MyMagic+, which has the ability to connect nearly all aspects of the guest vacation experience at Walt Disney World Resort. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Disney Dining Plan Basics with Heidi’s Head

Get an overview of the Disney Dining Plan add on availalbe on your Magic Your Way Tickets and learn some tricks for getting the most out of the plan.

“We all love the opportunity to choose and try new Disney dining options that we might not be able to try otherwise.” – Heidi

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Magic Your Way Dining Packages

  • Magic Your Way Package Plus Quick-Service Dining – includes two quick-service meals and two snacks per person for each night of guest’s vacation package stay, plus a resort refillable drink mug for each person which can be refilled as often as they like at any quick-service location at their Disney resort hotel. Meals and snacks can be chosen at more than 50 selected restaurants throughout Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining – offers one table-service meal, one quick-service meal and one snack per person, per night of guest’s package stay, with over 100 select restaurants to choose from.
  • Magic Your Way Package Plus Deluxe Dining – includes three meals and two snacks per person, per night of guest’s package stay, plus a resort refillable drink mug for each guest on the package which can be refilled as often as they like at any quick-service location at their Disney resort hotel. This package allows guests the flexibility to choose any combination of table-service and quick-service restaurants from more than 100 participating restaurant locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

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