Tips for having a “magical” Disney experience.
Before you go…
Your welcome packet..
Don’t forget your luggage tags that were provided in your welcome package. You can drop your bags off at your departure airport and not worry about them until you get to your resort. These tags will get your luggage delivered directly to your resort. Allow an hour or two for delivery, so anything that you will need right away should go in your carry-on luggage. I always pack our swim gear in my carry-on so we can start to enjoy the pool right away!
Bring your welcome packet with you, as it has coupons for an arcade voucher, souvenirs, discounts on golf excursions and more!
The Magic Band.
The Magic Band is one of my favorite Disney innovations. It’s a bracelet that you wear that is absolutely everything. It’s you key to the room, scan it for admission to the parks, store your credit card information (securely) for spending so you don’t need to worry about carrying your wallet ( and leaving it, losing it, dropping it, etc.) through a crowded park, and scan it for dining, just to name a few things that you can do! You can personalize these with your names, if you order them ahead of time. The bands come in several colors, and now are even available in your favorite character. Personalize it further with fun add-ons! You can have them delivered to your home, or pick them up at the desk at the time of check-in.
Download the My Disney Experience app (available for iPhone and Android).
This is one-stop coordination of your time at Disney; dining reservations, tickets for special events (like the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party), FastPass reservations, and maps of the resorts with expected wait times for rides.
It’s a convenient way to que up for popular rides without standing in long lines. It’s worth it to check the wait times before you choose your passes, so as not to waste them-but generally the more popular rides, particularly the coasters will put the passes to best use. I wouldn’t recommend using them for shows, as the venues are large enough to get a good seat and the lines typically aren’t that long or they move very quickly. You can sign up for three at a time, but remember that you must use all three before you can sign up for any others. FastPasses go, well…fast. So don’t delay in signing up!
The Disney Magical Express shuttle… Will take about 30-45 minutes to shuttle you to your resort from the airport. No muss, no fuss. Just riding into your wonderful time at Disney! But before you go, notify Disney of your intentions to use the shuttle. Remember that your tickets to use the shuttle can be loaded onto your magic bands and will also be printed in your welcome packet booklet. It’s also a good idea to inform them of your flight arrangements as well.
With these tips, you’re on your way!