Do you remember the exact moment you decided you were going to Walt Disney World? Did you imagine being whisked away in a pumpkin carriage with pixie dust trailing behind? Or did you have a slight panic attack as you remembered all your friends listing off everything you must do to prepare for this trip of a lifetime?
Unfortunately, the latter is a common response. Of course you are excited, but the planning tasks ahead can be daunting. That’s why it is so important to remember what the March Hare so wisely says in Alice in Wonderland,
“Start at the beginning.”
If you book your hotel directly through the Disney website, it will appear here automatically. If you are staying at a Disney hotel but reserved on a third party site, you may enter your reservation number here.
If you purchase your tickets directly through the Disney website, they will appear here automatically. Otherwise, enter the number that is located on the back of each ticket.
Make FastPass+ Reservations
FastPass+ is a system that allows you to reserve a date and time for a ride, show, or character meeting. Each guest may reserve three rides or attractions for each day of a park ticket. Those staying at a Disney-owned hotel or a hotel with special Disney perks may do this 60 days in advance. All others may do this 30 days in advance.
Create A Wish List
With hundreds of experiences to choose from, your head might start spinning as you explore all your options! That is why you may save an attraction to your Wish List by clicking the heart icon on each attraction’s information page. This is a great way to narrow down the experiences that your family will enjoy the most.
Make An Itinerary
Once you make FastPass+ and dining reservations, they will show here, along with any experiences you saved for your dates. Many stage shows don’t offer FastPass+ reservations, but offer you the ability to add a show time to your itinerary for planning purposes.
My Disney Experience Mobile App
Once you’ve created your account, download the My Disney Experience app on your mobile device. This will allow you to do all of the above, plus see real-time wait times for attractions, use the mobile ordering feature for select restaurants, and more. The app will also allow you to cancel or modify any of your existing FastPass+ or dining reservations.
Congratulations on completing the first step! Quick and easy, right? Now you are ready to move on to Step 2: Choosing When To Go To Disney World. See you there!