In three simple steps:
Ha! But no, for real. It was around this time two years ago that the wheels started turning and I thought “I want to go to Disney this weekend” and three days later…. I was there. There’s no such thing as “too late” to plan a trip to Disney World, and you’d be shocked at just how often I get that question. For every 1 family that books 12+ months in advance, there’s 2 that book less than 3 months in advance! Here are the key things you wanna know about planning a last minute trip:
Be flexible. This means flexibility when it comes to trip dates, transportation options, resort options, and even your itinerary in the parks. If you aren’t able to be flexible with your dates, but the resort you’re interested in isn’t available for your full dates, check and see if it’s available for part of your dates and do a split stay at another resort! Here’s my blog on doing split stays, if you need some convincing ;)
Get your FastPasses as soon as you book. The earlier you do this, the better your odds are at getting those big ticket items! If you book more than 2 months in advance and you’re staying on Disney property, you’re golden - FastPasses don’t open until 60 days in advance! If you’re under that 60-day mark OR staying off property (in which FastPasses open at 30 days), have no fear - there’s still plenty of availability with great rides/shows.
Learn how to milk the FastPass system. Here’s a link to my friend’s system where she teaches you HOW to use the FastPass system and when I mean use, I mean USE IT. This is the best resource I’ve found that truly explains how to use WDW’s FastPass system.
Going in with no dining reservations? Or can’t find the one you want? No biggie - check the My Disney Experience app the day before for reservations - this is when people are cancelling their reservations to avoid the cancellation fee! There’s also Cast Members in the parks with tablets to help you make day-of reservations. These are reservations held specifically for guests looking for reservations that day! Not to mention - there’s a TON of really great quick service restaurants all over the place at Disney World.
Book an After Hours event (review here for Magic Kingdom After Hours!). These events are absolutely fantastic and if you have some night owls in your group, this is the best way to fit in a full park’s day worth of activities in just three hours. Worth every penny if you’re planning three days in advance like I have!
Call Haley. Seriously! I’m a (self-proclaimed) pro at booking and planning trips last minute! I have done it for my own personal trips on numerous occasions and I’m not afraid to go into a Disney vacation with ZERO PLANS. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you have to book your trip 6+ months in advance for it to be a good trip! If some last minute vacation availability comes up for your family and you wanna go to Disney - go!
See?! Look how happy I look! ^^^ Does that look like a girl who is having an awful time because she planned a trip in less than 3 days with no FastPasses and no dining reservations? I don’t think so!!
Until next time!