Planning a Disney vacation doesn’t have to be overwhelming especially when using a Magical Tripcations Disney Travel Planner! We have created this list of 10 Magical Steps to Planning a Disney Vacation to show you how easy it is to plan your dream Disney vacation. Magical Tripcations is an Authorized Disney Vacation Travel Planner and full service travel agency with accredited membership under Cruise Line International Association (CLIA). We are a team of highly qualified travel planners and are dedicated to providing you with superior customer service, expert advice and truly personalized travel planning services. Best news? Our planning services are FREE when you book your vacation package with us. We will save you hours of research, answer all of your questions, and provide you with a seamless vacation, one magical step at a time. Need more information? See our Why Use a Disney Travel Planner blog post here.
10 Magical Steps to Planning a Disney Vacation
Step 1 – Contact Magical Tripcations for a Package Quote
A travel planner will be in touch with you within 24-hours of receiving your request for a quote and provide you with a travel questionnaire to. Or, if you prefer, he or she can give you a call. After you complete the questionnaire, your travel planner will prepare a quote based on your travel needs and email the quote to you within 48-hours.
Did you know if you’re traveling to Walt Disney World® or Disneyland®, a $200 deposit is all that is required to book your reservation and begin the planning process? Read on for how this makes planning your Disney vacation even easier!
Step 2 – Questions, Questions, Questions
Please send any question to your travel planner! He or she is happy to answer all of your questions and provide you with as much information as you need to make your vacation decision. Not sure when to go or where to go, just ask! Traveling with a big group? No problem, we can tackle the logistics! Your travel planner will provide you with an overview of just about any Disney travel related topic you can think of and then some!
Step 3 – Book Your Vacation Package
When you are ready, contact your travel planner so that the booking process can begin. A credit card is needed to book your vacation through your travel planner who books the vacation package directly with the Walt Disney Travel Company. You can put a deposit down on your package and make payments in any amount and frequency you choose until the date when final payment is due. Your travel planner will send you reminders based on the payment schedule you decide upon.
Your travel planner will also assist you with setting up your My Disney Experience account if you’re traveling to the Walt Disney World® Resort.
Step 4 – Make Advanced Dining Reservations
If traveling to Walt Disney World® Resort, your travel planner will be able to make Advanced Dining Reservations for you 180-days in advance of check-in! This makes it easier to secure some of the more popular restaurants such as Cinderella’s Royal Table or Be Our Guest. Dining with royalty ranks high on some clients’ lists and we get up with the chickens to ensure that the reservations can be secured!
Step 5 – Make FastPass+ Reservations
When staying at a Walt Disney World® Resort property, you can begin making FastPass+ reservations 60-days ahead of check-in (30-days in advance if staying off property). What’s FastPass+? FastPass+ is free with your ticket purchase and saves you time while touring the parks by holding your place in line. Your travel planner will provide recommendations for FastPass+ selections based on your theme park schedule. At the appropriate window, he or she will sprinkle a little pixie dust by making your FastPass+ reservations for you!
Step 6 – Arrange Magical Express Service
If flying to Orlando International Airport and staying at a Walt Disney World® Resort, your travel planner will make arrangements for your party to use Magical Express transportation service from the airport to your hotel. Magical Express is provided free of charge and is motor coach transportation to your resort and includes luggage delivery service to your hotel room! You skip the baggage claim, head directly to the motor coach and onto your Magical Tripcation!
Step 7 – Questions, Questions, Questions
During the time leading up to your vacation, you will have questions or need to adjust your plans. Contact your travel planner and ask as many questions as needed and adjust your plans accordingly. What if Disney releases a new promotion after I booked my vacation or paid in full? Magical Tripcations Travel Planners are dedicated discount hunters and will stay on top of all promotions. Your travel planner will work with Disney to adjust your reservation if your package falls within the parameters of any promotion (subject to availability).
Step 8 – Customize Your Magic Bands
If staying at a Walt Disney World® Resort, you will receive complimentary Magic Bands. The Magic Band has replaced the key to the world card and will be used as your park ticket and everything from opening your hotel door, paying for meals, souvenirs and snacks to accessing your FastPass+ reservations. You have multiple colors to choose from and you will customize your bands in your My Disney Experience account.
Step 9 – Make Final Payment
Make any final payments and adjustments. Be sure to ask your travel planner for any advice on what to bring and how to prepare for your vacation! He or she is full of tips and tricks that will keep you comfortable during your stay and time in the parks.
Step 10 – Enjoy Your Trip
Congrats! You’re on your way to your Magical Tripcation! We would love to hear from you while you are away and if you use Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, please tag us in your vacation photos or use the hashtag #MagicalTripcations.
From start to finish, you will work hand in hand with your personal Magical Tripcations Travel Planner. You will never call-in to a call center and be put on hold for the “next available agent”. Working with your travel planner provides you with customized travel planning services and is filled with magical extras and pixie dust every step of the way!
We can assist you with all Disney Destinations including the Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawai’i. Let us put our love of all things Disney to work for you, contact us today!