• On Sep 4, 2017
    Casey from OH Asked

    Wondering if you can provide tips for a first-time family not staying on property and unable to use the DDP? It seems overwhelming!

    Hi, Casey! 

    Don't get overwhelmed, we're here to help. Here are a few tips to get you started. 

    • Whether staying on-property, or off-property, arriving at the theme parks prior to opening is crucial! Nothing beats the first few hours in the parks.

    • No dining plan, no problem! As a day guest, you'll be able to pay for your meals with cash, credit/debit card, or Disney Gift Card.

    • Set-up a My Disney Experience Account and "link" your theme park tickets to this account. This way, you'll still be able to take advantage of FastPass+. This complementary service will allow you to reserve your spot in line at some of Walt Disney World® Resort's most popular attractions 30 days in advance. Select the highlighted link for a fantastic Moms Panel FastPass+ video. 

    • Even though you are an off-property guest, you can still make Advanced Dining Reservations 180 days in advance - you'll just need to book each day of your vacation separately. You can even book online! Let me know if you need some dining suggestions! 

    • Download the My Disney Experience App for your smartphone. The app will be super helpful while on-the-go in the parks. You can check wait times, find characters, or modify existing plans.

    I hope these basic starter tips are helpful, Casey! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me as you come up with additional questions while you are planning. Don't forget to ask for a complementary "First Visit" Button at Guest Relations when you visit your first Walt Disney World® Resort theme park. 

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Meet the Panelist: Faith, South Carolina

Hi, doers & dreamers! I am a wife and mother of three active children and we are always on the go. We look forward to our Walt Disney World® Resort vacations as a way of slowing down and reconnecting while still maintaining our active lifestyle. Whether your family wants to take it easy by a resort hotel pool, or speed up during a runDisney race event, I am your planning expert!  Learn More About Faith

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