Travel to Disney World

Walt Disney World

As a Walt Disney World resort guest, you receive the complimentary benefits of My Disney Experience & Magic Bands.  This will allow you to order customized Magic Bands for everyone in your party, pre-book Fast Passes for rides and shows, and make reservations for dining.  You need to customize your travel party's Magic Bands at least 30 days prior to your arrival date to receive your Magic Bands at your preferred shipping address. 

 

  • SET UP ACCOUNT: If you haven't already, create your My Disney Experience account by registering at here.  The account name should match the first guest listed on your Disney reservation exactly.  This account is used to manage your entire Disney vacation.  You can create a personalized itinerary & share with those traveling with you.

  • LINK RESERVATION: Link your Disney package with your hotel reservation number.

  • INVITE FAMILY: Invite friends & family who will be vacationing with you.  They must accept your request.

  • APP: Download the free app on your phones & tablets.

  • MAGICBANDS:  Customize your Magic Bands & confirm shipment address.

  • DINING RESERVATIONS: Book dining reservations as long as you are within 180 days of arrival.

  • FASTPASSES: At 60 days prior to arrival, select your FastPasses & complete your online check in.  In order to get popular ones like the Frozen ride, Pandora, Toy Story Land, or Seven Dwarf Mine Train, it is recommended to do this very early in the day on the 60th day prior to arrival (they open for booking at 7 am EST).

  • You may select three Fastpasses per day in one park in advance.  

    • It is recommended to select them in the late morning/early afternoon, so that you may use your phone app or visit the My Magic + Kiosk in the park once you have completed your pre-selected Fastpasses & get additional ones for the day.   If you plan to arrive at the park when it opens, you can use the early morning hours to experience rides you may not have gotten FastPass for with minimal lines.

    • You can get additional FastPasses in that park or in a different park after you've used, cancelled, or the time period has passed on your three originally scheduled FastPasses - just check your app or go to the kiosk. After each additional Fastpass is used, you may go back to your app or the kiosk and select one additional Fastpass for use in that park.  TIP: Look on your app as soon as you have scanned your band for your third pre-booked FastPass - a good use of line time!

    • CLUB LEVEL GUESTS: Guests staying in the Club Level Guests staying in rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels are eligible for Disney Signature Services and who have purchased a 3-day or longer theme park ticket are able to purchase three additional fast passes per day for $50 plus tax per Guest per day 

  • TECHNICAL ISSUES: Should you have technical problems with the website or logging in, linking people who are traveling with you, linking your existing dining reservations, etc., please call Disney's My Magic + technical team at 407-939-7849 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. EST and they will be able to assist you.  

 

Flying into Orlando

If flying to Orlando, your package includes Disney's Magical Express airport transfers from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the resort. This is a complimentary service offered by Disney on a luxury motor coach.

 

Once you final payment is made, you will receive yellow tags to put on your luggage for Disney's Magical Express. If you have not received those 3 weeks prior to your departure date, please let your travel agent know immediately.

Upon arrival you will proceed to the Disney Welcome Center for your Disney's Magical Express transfers. You don't need to pick up your checked luggage if you placed your yellow tags on the bags.  If you prefer to pick up your bags, you may do so and bring them with you to the Disney Welcome Center.

For the return trip back home, Disney will place your departure info in your room the day before you leave.  Please ensure you read through this information thoroughly for your departure instructions.

Airline Info

Please send your flight itinerary to your travel agent, so your Disney's Magical Express (complimentary airport transfers) transfers can be arranged.  In order to take advantage of this service, you should fly into Orlando International Airport (MCO).

 

You will need to complete your online check in within 24 hours before departure on the airline's website. Please review the website to find out the current checked baggage fees and check in guidelines.

 

Checklist

  • Book flights & provide itinerary to your travel agent for Disney's Magical Express.  

  • Set up My Disney Experience account.

  • Customize Magicbands & set to ship.

  • 180 days or less from travel: Book Dining on My Disney Experience and any add-ons such as Bibbidi Boppidi Boutique, Memory Maker or Pirates League.

  • Rent stroller, if necessary from Orlando Stroller Rentals, LLC.

  • 60 days or less from travel:

    • Book three fast passes for each day 

    • Complete Online Check In

    • Verify the Magicbands have been customized and are set to ship

  • 25 days before travel:  Magicbands and Disney's Magical Express luggage stickers should be arriving soon.

  • 1 day before travel:  Check into flights on your airline's website & reconfirm seats.

  • BIPPIDI BOPPIDI BOUTIQUE:  Located at The World of Disney store at Disney Springs or Cinderella’s Castle, your little princess will receive a magical makeover in the salon.  Hair, nail, and make-up packages start at $65 + tax and reservations are strongly recommended. . Children should provide their own comb or brush and should be free of scalp conditions for 30 days.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment and have the child’s hair brushed in advance.  Nails should be clean and bare at arrival.  One parent must remain at all times.  Please contact (407) WDW-STYLE or click here for more information.

  • PIRATE'S LEAGUE:  Transform yourself into a Pirate and become part of the crew at the Pirate’s League in Magic Kingdom.  Reservations are strongly recommended.  Please contact 407-WDW-CREW for more information and reservations or click here.

  • MEMORY MAKER: Disney PhotoPass Service gets everyone in the picture and Memory Maker allows you to download all of your favorite digital photos. To add onto your package in advance for a discounted rate, please click here.

  • TOURS & ACTIVITIES: WDW offers a large variety of park tours and children’s activities including in-room childcare.  For a full listing, please click here.

 

  • VIP TOUR GUIDE: From the moment you arrive, your personal VIP guide is there to take care of everything—from escorting through the parks and assisting with getting on rides quickly, help navigate you through heavy crowds, obtaining the best seats in the house for live shows, parades and nighttime spectaculars. It's an extra level of service and convenience for a magical vacation you will never forget.  The cost is $400-$600 per hour, depending on the season.   There are also two other tours - one for families, one for thrill-seekers - with the same level of service, just not as private.  They are $299 per person plus tax.

 

 

  • EARLY MORNING MAGIC: Make your Magic Kingdom morning more magical than ever with this limited-entry, first-access experience in the park.  With the purchase of regular theme park admission and a reservation to Disney Early Morning Magic, you can be among the first to enter the Magic Kingdom and experience a trio of famous Fantasyland attractions:  The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Peter Pan’s Flight, along with breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus.  Click here for info.

 

 

 

 

RECREATION:

  • Spa:  Senses Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Grand Floridian offer a variety of spa experiences.  Call 407-WDW-SPAS for information and reservations.

  • Golf:  Five championship golf courses to choose from at the Walt Disney World Resort.  For tee times and more information, call 407-WDW-GOLF up to 120 days in advance of arrival. Miniature golf is also available.

  • Tennis:  Ten hard courts and ten clay courts are available for day or night play.  Racquets can be rented.

  • Cruise aboard a luxury yacht

  • Bass fishing

  • Horseback riding

  • Fireworks Cruise

Disney Dining Plan

  • ​DISNEY DINING PLAN:  Dining plans can be added to most vacation packages at Walt Disney World.  It is calculated based on the number of nights you are staying at your resort. Info on Disney Dining Plan.

    • If you have booked the Disney Dining Plan, each member of your party over the age of three will receive one table service meal, one counter service meal, and two snacks for each  of the trip and a refillable coffee/soda mug for your resort.  

    • Children who are two and under can either share an adult meal or purchase food separately off the restaurant menu, unless you are at an “all you can eat” restaurant, where they may take a plate free of charge.  Table service meals can be used for character dining experiences. 

  • SIGNATURE DINING: Some meals, such as Cinderella’s Royal Table, require the use of two table service credits.  This is called a Signature Dining experience.  Dinner shows also require the use of two table service credits. 

  • DINING RESERVATIONS: Most Disney restaurants are included in the meal plan and reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance.  For changes and/or cancellations, please call 407-WDW-DINE or visit .​

  • CANCELLATION: Most table service meals have a one-day cancellation policy (a few have 48 hours) or your credit card will be charged.  Should you need to cancel, please call 407-WDW-DINE or visit My Disney Experience.  A photo ID is needed at check-in for Cinderella’s Royal Table matching the name on the reservation. 

  • CREDIT CALCULATION: 

    • Two adults, two children (above age 3) will be staying six nights

    • 4 people x 6 nights=24 table service credits, 24 counter service credits and 48 snack credit 

    • Each meal will use four credits.  Table service meals include an entree, a dessert, a non-alcoholic beverage or an alcoholic (if offered at dining location), and taxes for each person on the meal plan.    The counter service meals include an entree, dessert, drink, and taxes for each person on the meal plan.

    • Note:  Children ages 3-9 must order off of the children’s menu, if one is available.  If you exceed your dining credits, you can always pay out of pocket for additional meals.

  • MANAGING CREDITS: Please verify that the correct amount was deducted each time you use the plan by reviewing the receipt at the restaurant.  If you have any issues with the meal plan or your dining credits, please contact the Lobby Concierge at your resort.​

  • QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANTS PRE-ORDER: With the new Mobile Order function in the My Disney Experience app, you can place orders for meals in advance at select Walt Disney World Quick Service dining locations.  For more information, please click here.

 

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