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  • On May 17, 2015
    Crystal from SC Asked

    My family will be going to Disney November 19-24,2015. I am very overwhelmed with all the aspects of planning our trip. Would you be able to assist?

    Hi Crystal,

    Thanks so much for your question. Fear not! This is the hard part and your efforts will be worth it in the end. A little bit of planning now goes a long way during a Disney vacation.

    I typically start with the number of days in the parks I want to spend and work backwards from there. You'll have 4 full days plus your arrival and departure dates. If it were me, I'd probably purchase a 3 or 4-Day Ticket because I like having a rest day in the middle of a trip. For this reason, I'd also add the Park Hopper Option so I didn't feel limited or rushed in any one park during the visit.

    Make the most of FastPass+ selections and choose selections right as the window opens, 60 days prior to check-in for Disney Resort Hotel Guests or 30 days in advance for those staying off property.

    For dining, I always make must-have reservations 180 days in advance of my check-in date. If that sounds overwhelming, just remember you don't have to make a reservation for every meal. I typically choose a few special meals for my family to enjoy during our trip and make the rest of our reservations as our schedule takes shape. There are a few restaurants that are very popular, but many will have availability even days before you arrive.

    I love reading Touringplans.com for tips on park touring strategies and sample itineraries. You may also decide to check out Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party during your visit. This is a separately ticketed event and it's a really fun add-on during the holidays.

    I know you will have a wonderful trip. Just take planning one day at a time and you'll be living the magic before you know it!

    Happy planning,

    Andrea U.
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, North Carolina

Born and raised in Florida, I have been a fan of Walt Disney World Resort for my entire life. My husband and I love watching our preschool and kindergarten-age sons experience new attractions as they grow with each visit. In my house, we believe you’re never too old or too young to have a fantastic time at the Walt Disney World Resort! Learn More About Andrea

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