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  • On Jun 4, 2012
    Kristen from MD Asked

    We will be in WDW in Nov. 2012. We will arrive on the 2nd, but not until later in the evening. Does it make sense to stay off property the first night since we won't be there until later? Also, how close to our arrival can we make changes to our reserve?

    Kristen,

    I think that on a vacation, at least for my family, moving around takes a lot of the magic out of the trip. Even if we arrive later in the evening, we like to get to our Disney resort. Not just so we settle in right away, but also so that the magic starts right away. Unless it is really late, we still get to do some exploring around the resort. We get to start off the trip with a fun, themed, family dinner. We get to discuss our plans for the week and ramp up our excitement for the days ahead. And on that first full day (the next day) we start the fun off right away, not a few hours later after moving resorts and checking out of one hotel and into another.

    BOTTOM LINE: Unless you get really huge savings by staying elsewhere, I say you should go to your Disney resort.

    As for changes to your reservations, many changes can be made right up to your arrival day. A few things, like adding the dining plan, using the Magical Express bag service on arrival, and a few others require more lead time. Consider 2 weeks out as a good rule of thumb of a general date after which changes are probably going to be a problem. But in all cases, make changes as soon as you know you want them.

    I hope that this has helped? Write me back if you have any follow-up questions!

    Have a magical vacation!
     
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