Did you know you can book a vacation to Walt Disney World in 7 simple steps?
I know I could use a Disney vacation right now. A lot of people have missed theirs too. So what does the process look like?
1. Pick Your Date. Almost everything else depends on the dates that you pick for your vacation. Price is one of the most important factors that depend on date, but also crowd levels. If you have concerns about the crowd levels in the park then you should consult a Crowd Calendar like the one over at Undercover Tourist.
2. Set a Budget. For a lot of people this should be the first step. However, most Disney visitors are restricted to certain vacation dates due to school or work schedules. Because of that, we say pick your date first, then figure out how much you can spend. Be sure to check out our post on estimating a Disney World vacation for tips.
3. Pick a Disney Resort Hotel. So you know when you want to go, and how much you can spend, so now it is time to pick a Disney Resort Hotel! Walt Disney World has over 30 on-property hotels across three different categories of hotels. They are all amazing in their own way, and definitely an adventure in deciding which one to pick!
4. Pay the Deposit. Probably the easiest step on this guide. Once you pick your hotel you can reserve your room and your tickets for only a $200 deposit! The deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days prior to arrival too. And since it’s a deposit, it goes toward your final bill.
5. Set Advance Dining Reservations. Once you are 180 days out from your arrival, you can book your Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs). Both the Disney World website and the My Disney Experience app are great for making these reservations. Be sure you are up at 7AM ET in order to snag some of those hard to get ADRs. Also note that some reservations, like Cinderella’s Royal Table, require you to pay in full for the pre-fixe meal upon booking.
6. Schedule FastPass+ Reservations. FastPass+ is the ride reservation system that allows you and your party to reserve a place in line for certain rides depending on which park you plan on attending. Based on where you are staying – either a Club Level room, all other on-property resorts, or off-property – you can schedule your FastPass+ reservations 90, 60, or 30 days ahead of your arrival date.
7. Get to Disney! Well, are you there yet?