There’s nothing quite like planning a last-minute trip to Walt Disney World, or any vacation for that matter! The excitement, the magic, the very short countdown! Let’s not forget, the very, very short amount of time to plan!! Can spontaneous Disney trips be both magical and still be stress-free??? Yes, it is possible!! I should know… I’ve not only planned last minute trips for clients, as well as myself, but I am currently doing so right now!
Here are just a few great tips that can help you along the way:
STAY CALM – Contact you Mickey’s Dream Vacations travel specialist. We take the stress out of planning and can assist you with every detail of your Disney vacation… resort, dining reservations, and Fastpass+, just to name a few!
RESORT – You may find that last minute Disney World Resort options may be limited… but not to stress! There are more than 25 Disney resort locations to choose from, odds are pretty good at finding one that fits your needs. And, if you’re not finding anything of interest on Disney property, there are plenty of Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotels to choose from! Mickey’s Dream Vacations can help you with both!
DINING - While taking advantage of the Disney Dining Plan definitely has its advantages, planning a last-minute trip to Walt Disney World may leave minimal dining reservation options to choose from. It might be a good idea to initially add the Quick-Service Dining Plan to your package, and plan on doing only 1 or 2 character meals during your stay (paying those out of pocket). If you happen to find all of the character meals you’re looking for, we can always upgrade your dining package to cover those!
PARK HOPPERS – Take advantage of the Park Hopper option! With last minute trips, it’s best to always keep your options open while on vacation! Let’s say you spend the morning at Animal Kingdom, and then decide to head over to the Magic Kingdom for Wishes in the evening… with the park hopper, you can do just that!
GET PLUGGED-IN - Download the My Disney Experience App to your smartphone and use it! Find your way around with step-by-step directions to locations across Walt Disney World Resort. Get wait times for attractions. Look up times for shows, fireworks and parades. Find Character greeting locations and times. Browse restaurant menus and make dining reservations. Select and manage your Fastpass+ experiences. It’s magic at your fingertips… Magic on the go!
MAGICAL EXPRESS – All Disney Resort guests receive complimentary round-trip airport/resort transfers! If you are planning your trip a few weeks in advance, Disney will send you luggage tags that will allow Disney to automatically deliver your luggage to your room… no need to pick up your luggage at the Orlando International Airport baggage claim. If you’re planning your vacation a few days in advance and will not receive your luggage tags before you travel, don’t sweat it… you can still take advantage of Disney’s Magical Express!! Just bring your baggage claim tickets to the Disney’s Magical Express counter at MCO Airport and your luggage will still be delivered to your room!!
Whether planning your Disney Vacation a year in advance or a week in advance, DISNEY VACATIONS create the most MAGICAL moments! I would love to help you start planning! Remember… stay calm, be flexible and just keep swimming 😉
~ Mary Beth
Mary Beth Brazinsky