Planning from the Beginning

I started planning our magical vacation 9 months in advance (I was just a little bit excited). I booked our rooms and dining plan with a travel agent, but after doing my research, I really planned everything else on my own. So, let’s start.

  • We stayed at the Pop Century Resort, which is a value resort, but it is not as cheap as the All Star resorts. The reason I picked Pop Century is because I heard the buses go straight to the resort and your destination, so if you have a cranky toddler on your lap at 9:00 at night, you will not want to make three other stops before you get to your resort.
  • Dining Plan: Ohhh the Dining Plan. This is something you will definitely want to do your research on. And I could do a whole blog post about this, but I will not, because I might just confuse some people even more, or you may not be confused at all.. It may just be me. We chose the Disney Dining Plan. One quick service, one table service, and two snacks per person per day. Now, if you do not eat them all in one day, they roll over into the next day, and you can use them until your trip is over. At first I did not want to eat much because I thought that I was going to run out of food credits, but actually, it is a lot of food, and I was sharing with my 14-month-old.
  • Get those dining reservations!!!! Make sure you get your dining reservations in! You have 180 days before your WDW vacation to make your dining reservations, and you better make them. I was so upset, because I thought it was 120 days, for some reason and missed out on dinner at Be Our Guest and breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table. It is okay though, because Be Our Guest also has lunch and breakfast which are quick service credits while dinner is a table service credit, but Beast only comes out at dinner. But I digress.. Get those reservations in in 180 days if you want to eat at certain restaurants, or you will definitely miss out!!
  • FastPass+: another thing to get in right on time. If you are staying on the grounds, you can make your reservations 60 days before you arrive. I got on the computer at 5 AM to make the fastpass+ reservations, and I am definitely glad I did. It was very crowded, and some rides had over 110 minute waits. Splash mountain had 140 minute wait even if you had a fastpass+! It was incredible! My daughter and husband stood in line for the 7 Dwarf’s Mine Train for 75 minutes (without a FP+). That was a mom fail there. I did not think she would want to ride that ride, so I did not get one for that. (She is only 4, I thought she would be scared, but she loved it!)

Until Next Time,


Published by themadmousekabean

I am a mom to two little girls and one furry little girl, a loving wife to an amazing and supportive husband to my Disney addiction, a Disney Vacation Club member, and a lover of anything Halloween!

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