So, you have set your dates, and begun planning what attractions you want to see and what meals you want to eat. What’s next, you may ask? Let’s look at a few possibilities here at threestrandswdw!
You began planning at the nine to twelve month in advance time frame. Now you are at the 180 day mark, and it’s time to make your Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) for your sit-down meals. Where do you begin? Well, you can start on the http://www.disneyworld.com website, click on the Things To Do tab, and cursor down to the Make Reservations link to begin looking at restaurants, dates, and times. You may need to be a bit flexible with some of the more popular selections, especially Character Meals! And, you might have better success selecting off peak hours for your meals. There is less demand, AND it can help you get more attractions in while everyone else is eating at the ‘usual’ times!
You can also make your reservations via the My Disney Experience portion of the website, it takes you to the same page with less steps to get there! And, you can get there by way of the My Disney Experience App on your Smartphone. This is very convenient for those day of reservations. Yes, they can happen from time to time, but it may not be at a more popular spot. Be adventurous and try something different, you may find a hidden treasure! Also, remember that you may have to give a credit card before your slot is confirmed. A $10 per person charge can be given if you do not show up for your reservation. But, this policy is also what makes walk up and day of reservations possible!
Making ADRs is a major mark in the waiting for your Walt Disney World vacation! It is hard, sometimes, to know what you are going to do six month out, but I strongly suggest that you at least book the Character and Signature meals at this point, as they are the most difficult to secure in the best of circumstances!
The next mark in you planning will be the customizing of your MagicBands and making your Fastpass Plus reservations for attractions! We’ll cover THAT in our next post. Until then, my friends, have a very Blessed and Magical day!!