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Disney World vacation planning is no easy task. With four theme parks, two water parks, two shopping/entertainment districts, golf courses, numerous hotels, and much more, it’s hard to figure out where to even start planning. This 5 Step Disney World Vacation Planning Guide covers everything, including when to visit and how long to stay, where to stay, which parks to visit and for how many days, where to eat, and which attractions to see. Plus, tips and tricks to help you save money and maximize your time in the parks.
It takes a long time to plan a Disney World vacation. Make sure to pin this post so you can refer to it throughout the process:
1. Pick Which Time of Year to Visit and How Long to Stay
Best Times of Year to Visit
Disney World is always busy. But the end of September and the end of January are typically less busy. This corresponds to back to school for most American kids so fewer families can take big vacations during these times. However, keep in mind that September can be very hot and humid in Florida. It’s also hurricane season. For a September trip, you might want to purchase trip insurance and bring bug spray. Also, January is a popular time for ride refurbishments. You might avoid the crowds and the heat, but you might also miss out on some rides.
Worst Times of Year to Visit
The end of December between Christmas and New Year’s Day is usually the worst time to visit Disney World. Everyone is out of school. Everyone is off work. And everyone is at Disney World. In 2017, Magic Kingdom implemented a phase 4 park closure on Christmas Day which had not happened since 2009. Other busy times include midsummer, spring break, and long holiday weekends.
How Long to Stay
Disney World is huge. The entire property consists of 40 square miles of things to do and places to see. Accept the fact that you probably won’t see everything unless you stay for two or three weeks. The average family will probably enjoy about a week at Disney World. Any longer and you might get overwhelmed. Any less and you will only have time to see the highlights.
Be Aware of Upcoming Park Expansions and Other Special Events
There are certain events throughout the year that result in larger crowds or result in reduced opening hours. A lot of these events are great and well worth attending, but if you’re not interested or if you’re trying to maximize your time, consider planning your Disney World vacation around these events.
The opening of new attractions and new lands are always busy times at Disney World. Crowd levels will be elevated for months afterwards.
Toy Story Land
This 11 acre expansion at Hollywood Studios will feature attractions like Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, and an expanded version of Toy Story Mania plus restaurants like Woody’s Lunch Box. Toy Story Land is scheduled to open June 30, 2018.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Also at Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open sometime in 2019. This area will include new Star Wars themed attractions and restaurants. Eventually, there will be a special immersive Star Wars hotel as well.
These festivals are included in your regular admission to Epcot. However, there are usually special events that you can attend for an extra cost. During these festivals, Epcot will typically be less crowded on weekdays. Unlike other events that you might want to avoid, the Epcot festivals are definitely worth a special visit. The festivals are:
- Festival of the Arts: Mid-January to Mid-February
- Flower and Garden Festival: Late February to Late May
- Food and Wine Festival: Late August to Mid-November
- Festival of Holidays: Late November to Late December
Holidays throughout the year are usually the busiest times at Disney World. This is especially true for three day weekends and holidays that center around fireworks like 4th of July and New Year’s Eve. However, Halloween and Christmas are the biggest holidays and some of the busiest times of the year.
Halloween decorations start going up in late August and last through Halloween in October. On select nights in August, September, and October, Magic Kingdom closes early for a special ticketed event: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This event requires a separate ticket for admission. If you’re attending Magic Kingdom on the day of the party, you’ll be ushered out of the park starting at 7pm unless you also have a Halloween Party ticket. This can significantly reduce the amount of time you have to explore Magic Kingdom. Additionally, guests with a Halloween Party Ticket can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm which may result in increased crowds between 4pm and 7pm.
Christmas decorations start going up in early November and last through the first week in January. November and the beginning of December before school is out are usually the best times to see the decorations while avoiding the crowds. Much like at Halloween, on select nights in November and December, Magic Kingdom closes early for a special ticketed event: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Again, regular park goers will be required to leave the park at 7pm unless they also have a ticket to the Christmas Party. Christmas Party goers can enter Magic Kingdom starting at 4pm which may result in increased crowds from 4pm to 7pm.
Disney World hosts several marathons and half-marathons throughout the year. These cause an influx of guests to Orlando which makes the parks more crowded even if you are not participating These weekends are:
- Marathon Weekend: January 9-13, 2019
- Princess Half Marathon Weekend: February 21-24, 2019
- Star Wars Half Marathon the Dark Side: April 19-22, 2018 and April 4-7, 2019
- Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend: November 1-4, 2018
Start Planning Early
It’s never too early to start planning a Disney World vacation. A year? 18 months? Two years? Start planning as early as you can. There are a lot of things to do and see at Disney World and they all come with a hefty price tag. Planning early will help you narrow down what you want to do and give you time to save money for your dream vacation.
Look Out for Opportunities to Save Money Year-round
Two great ways to save money on a Disney World Vacation include stockpiling Disney gift cards and booking flights with points & miles. For gift cards, take advantage of Target’s sale on Target gift cards in December which you can then use to purchase Disney gift cards. And keep an eye out for deals from your credit cards like additional bonus points for certain purchases. For example, multiple times in December 2017 and January 2018 Chase offered bonus points for using Chase Pay at Best Buy where you can buy Disney gift cards. Finally, don’t forget to ask for Disney gift cards instead of gifts for holidays and birthdays.
Using points & miles to book your flight to Orlando is a great way to save money on a Disney World vacation. Make sure to check out my recommendations for the best travel credit cards when you start planning. It’s usually easier to book award flights when they are first released which is typically 330 to 355 days in advance. Give yourself plenty of time to earn the points & miles needed to book flights so you can save your cash for Mickey bars and churros.
Also, make sure to check out my tips on How to Save Money on a Disney World Vacation with Points & Miles.
2. Choose Between Staying at a Disney World Resort Hotel and Staying Off Property
Have you ever heard of the Disney Bubble? If not, you’re not alone. I hadn’t heard the term until I planned my first Disney World vacation. The Disney Bubble is the concept of being surrounded by Disney magic and all of the happiness that comes with it. The best perk of staying at a Disney World Resort hotel is that you never have to leave the Disney Bubble. From the minute you arrive at the airport, Disney whisks you (and your luggage) to your hotel where you find convenient transportation options to take you to and from the parks without ever having to leave the greater Disney World Resort.
This is usually the number one reason why families choose to stay at a Disney World Resort hotel. No one wants to leave the Disney Bubble. Cost is usually the number one reason why families choose to stay off-property. Or family size. Large families can find much cheaper and roomier accommodation off-property.
Perks of Staying at a Disney World Resort Hotel
Aside from the Disney Bubble, the real perks of staying at a Disney World Resort hotel include early access to FastPass+ reservations (book 60 days in advance rather than 30), extra magic hours, complimentary MagicBands, complimentary transportation and parking, and access to Disney Dining Plans. Disney World Resort hotel guests can also charge theme park purchases to their room and have those purchases delivered to their resort.
Disney World Resort hotel guests make dining reservations 180 days in advance like everyone else, but they also get to book for 10 additional days or the duration of their stay at the same time. This means you only have to get up early once to make all of your reservations.
Disney World Resort hotel guests not only get to make their FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance, but they also get to make them for their entire stay up to 14 days at the same time. In my opinion, 180+10 day dining reservations and 60 day FastPass+ reservations are well worth the added cost of staying on property.
Choose the Right Disney World Resort Hotel for Your Family and Budget
Disney World Resort hotels offer accommodation that ranges from extravagant deluxe villas to value hotel rooms to campsites. (Hey, don’t knock the campsites. They are the cheapest reservations you can get at a Disney World Resort hotel!) Below I’ve listed each Disney World Resort hotel by category. Many of these properties can be booked through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. I would only recommend this strategy if you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve so that your points are worth 1.5 cents each.
Deluxe Villas aka DVC Resorts
- Bay Lake Tower at Contemporary Resort
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge
- Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Wilderness Lodge
- Animal Kingdom Villas
- Beach Club Villas
- BoardWalk Villas
- Old Key West Resort
- Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
- Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Villas at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Beach Club Resort
- BoardWalk Inn
- Contemporary Resort
- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Polynesian Village Resort
- Wilderness Lodge
- Yacht Club Resort
- Caribbean Beach Resort
- Coronado Springs Resort
- Port Orleans Resort
- The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort
- All-Star Resorts: Movies, Music and Sports
- Art of Animation
- Pop Century Resort
Campgrounds and RV Park
- The Campsites at Fort Wilderness Resort
Consider Renting Disney Vacation Club Points
The properties listed under “Deluxe Villa aka DVC Resorts” are part of the timeshare program called Disney Vacation Club. DVC rooms are some of the nicest rooms in all of the Disney World Resort hotels. Many even include full kitchens or kitchenettes. Their system is points based which makes it fairly easy for owners to rent out their points to other families. There are two reputable companies that act as brokers to facilitate rented DVC reservations. They are DVCRentalStore.com and DVCRequest.com. You can often save $100’s if not $1000’s renting points for DVC rooms rather than booking directly. When staying on rented points, you are entitled to all of the previously mentioned perks of staying on-property.
Choose a Non-Disney or Off-Property Hotel
Lake Buena Vista, Florida has nearly every hotel chain you can imagine. If you have status or a co-branded credit card, consider staying at those properties. There are a number of non-Disney properties that are located within the greater Disney World Resort. However, the farther you get from Disney World the cheaper the hotel.
SPG has two properties called Dolphin and Swan that are located within the Disney World Resort complex. Starting March 6, 2018, both properties will be Category 5 and rooms can be booked with 12,000 Starpoints per night. If you book five nights with points, your fifth night is free. Guests at these resorts receive all of the same benefits as Disney World Resort hotel guests.
The Disney Springs area is home to a number of hotels like B Resort & Spa; Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort; DoubleTree Guest Suites by Hilton Orlando; Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Palace; Hilton Orlando Resort Lake Buena Vista; Holiday Inn Orlando; Wyndham Lake Buena Vista; and Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista. Throughout 2018, guests at these hotels will be able to arrive at the parks early or stay late during Extra Magic Hours. If you book one of these properties through a Walt Disney Travel Company, you can take advantage of 60 day advanced FastPass+ reservations.
MouseSavers has a great list of off-property hotels and discounts which you can find here. Or use the booking engine below to find your own discounted off-property hotel.
Consider Renting a Car if Staying Off-Property
If you stay off-property, you will probably need a rental car. This is another area where you can save money by using points to book a rental car through a portal like Chase Ultimate Rewards. All of the major rental car agencies have counters at Orlando International Airport (MCO). MCO is about 30 minutes from Disney World and there are toll roads so plan accordingly and bring quarters.
Parking at Disney World theme parks is $20 per day. You pay this fee once per day and then you are free to park at any theme park in the same day. Make sure to include this cost in your Disney World vacation budget.
3. Purchase Theme Park Tickets
Single day, single park tickets at Disney World range from $102-$122 plus tax depending on the day of the week and season. Prices for multiple day tickets range from about $45-$105 per day plus tax depending on the number of days. The more days on your ticket, the cheaper the per day cost of entry. Military and Florida resident discounts are available as well as annual passports for frequent visitors.
Save money on Disney World tickets by purchasing through an authorized third-party ticket seller such as Undercover Tourist. When comparing gate prices to third-party prices, remember that Disney World gate prices do not include tax whereas third-party prices do. Discounts usually increase as the number of days on the ticket increase.
Also, if you have an American Express card, check your account for Amex Offers at Undercover Tourist. These offers get you cash back in the form a statement credit when you make your purchase with an enrolled American Express card. This can save you $20-$30 more depending on the Amex Offer. Several of my recommendations for best travel credit cards include Amex Offer eligible American Express cards.
Pick Which Parks to Visit and for How Many Days
Before you purchase park tickets, decide which of the four Disney World theme parks you’d like to visit and for how many days. Again, the more days you spend at theme parks the less the per day cost of admission. Each of the four theme parks offer more than a day’s worth of activities to keep your family entertained. But each is very different from the others.
Magic Kingdom is a classic Disney World theme park which rides and attractions featuring nearly all your favorite classic Disney characters. It’s very similar to Disneyland in California and it’s a great park for young children.
Animal Kingdom is a combination high-end zoo and theme park. It includes extreme rides for adults like Expedition Everest and DINOSAUR and live entertainment for all ages like the Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo: The Musical.
Epcot consists of two distinct areas: Future World and World Showcase. Future World includes rides for all ages as well as an aquarium. World Showcase features countries around the world with fewer rides and more adult oriented experiences.
Hollywood Studios is a theme park in transition. It will soon be home to Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. In the meantime, it has attractions for all ages and experiences for children like Disney Junior – Live on Stage and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. It’s similar to Disney’s California Adventure. It also has more extreme rides for adults like Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror.
Park Hopper vs One Park Per Day Tickets
As discussed in Disneyland vs Disney World: 10 Big Differences, the Disney World parks are relatively far apart. This makes park hopping more difficult and more time consuming. If you’re trying to save money, don’t bother purchasing park hopper tickets. Instead, focus on one theme park per day and use any extra time for non-theme park activities like those discussed below.
Consider Adding in Water Parks
If you’re visiting Florida in the summer, you might need a day to cool off. Disney offers two water parks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Certain multi-day park tickets include admission to these water parks.
Consider Adding in Non-Park Days
A Disney World vacation can be exhausting. When planning your vacation, make sure to include time to relax. Ideas include arriving at the parks late, leaving the parks early, or adding in non-park days. If you’re staying at a Disney World Resort hotel, spend a day at the pool which are usually mini water parks. Or spend a day exploring entertainment and shopping districts like Disney Springs and the BoardWalk. Finally, spend a day or an afternoon playing golf at one of the four golf courses or playing mini golf at one of the two mini golf courses located within the Disney World Resort.
Link Tickets to Your My Disney Experience Account
Once you’ve purchased your tickets, make sure to link them to your My Disney Experience Account. This will allow you to make FastPass+ reservations either 60 days or 30 days in advance. If you’re staying at a Disney World Resort hotel, your ticket will be linked to your complimentary MagicBand for easy use when you visit the parks. Also, make sure to download the My Disney Experience app before you arrive at the parks. This app allows you to see all of your reservations in one place as well as your PhotoPass and ride photos.
4. Book Dining Reservations 180 Days in Advance
Everyone can make dining reservations 180 days in advance at Disney World, even if you don’t have a room reservation or ticket linked to your My Disney Experience Account. However, if you’re staying at a Disney World Resort hotel, you can book dining 180 days in advance AND up to 10 additional days at the same time. Reservations open at 6am EST. That’s 3am for those of us on the West Coast. Make sure you are online right when your booking window opens, or you’ll miss out on the most popular restaurants and mealtimes.
If Staying at a Disney World Resort Hotel, Consider Adding the Disney Dining Plan
The Disney Dining Plan is a pre-paid meal plan that provides guests with credits which can be redeemed for snacks, quick-service meals, table-service meals, or signature dining. It is only available to Disney World Resort hotel guests. Every person on your room reservation must participate in the Disney Dining Plan if you choose to add it to your reservation except for children under 3 years old who can eat off an adult’s plate.
There are three dining plan options:
- Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan: Includes 2 quick-service meals and 2 snacks per night plus a refillable mug for your stay. Costs $52.50/adult and $21.74/child per night.
- Disney Dining Plan: Includes 1 quick-service meal, 1 table-service meal, and 2 snacks per night plus a refillable mug for your stay. Costs $75.49/adult and $25.75/child per night.
- Disney Deluxe Dining Plan: Includes 3 meals at either quick-service or table-service restaurants and 2 snacks per night plus a refillable mug for your stay. Costs $116.25/adult and $39.99/child.
As of 2018, alcoholic beverages are included on all Disney Dining Plans, so adults can select one alcoholic beverage per meal. Tax is included, but tips are not so don’t forget to leave gratuity. Also, you must purchase theme park tickets directly from Disney to be eligible for the Disney Dining Plans. The third-party tickets described above are not eligible.
A complete list of dining locations can be found on the Disney world website here. Dining credits can also be used at select restaurants in Disney World Resort hotels and Disney Springs.
Consider Booking Early Morning Reservations
The best way to start off a day in the parks is with an early morning, pre-park opening breakfast reservation. Certain restaurants allow you to make reservations starting at 8am which is often an hour before the parks open. This gets you inside, fed, and in a great position to line up for rides before the official rope drop ceremony. Keep in mind that park hours sometimes change so an 8am reservation is not guaranteed to be an hour before park opening.
Participating restaurants include:
- Magic Kingdom: Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Table, Crystal Palace
- Animal Kingdom: Tusker House
- Epcot: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Garden Grill
- Hollywood Studios: Hollywood & Vine
Consider Booking Specialty Dining
Disney World offers numerous specialty dining options from character dining to dessert parties. If your budget allows, consider adding one or two of these experiences to enhance your Disney World vacation. Keep in mind that some of these experiences require full payment in advance.
Below is a list of each restaurant that offers character dining and the characters you can meet there. Keep in mind, these are not guaranteed character meetings and they may change.
- 1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian Resort: At breakfast, meet Alice, Mary Poppins, the Mad Hatter, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh. At tea, meet Alice and the Mad Hatter. At dinner, meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella.
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot: Meet Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, and Snow White
- Cape May Cafe at Beach Club Resort: At breakfast, meet Minnie, Donald, and Goofy.
- Chef Mickey’s at Contemporary Resort: Meet Donald, Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto.
- Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom: Meet Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Belle, and Snow White.
- The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom: Meet Eeyore, Piglet, Pooh, and Tigger.
- Garden Grill in Epcot: Meet Chip, Dale, Mickey, and Pluto.
- Garden Grove at the Swan: At weekend breakfast, meet Chip, Dale, Goofy, and Pluto. At dinner, meet Goofy and Pluto.
- Hollywood & Vine in Hollywood Studios: At breakfast and lunch, meet Doc McStuffins, Handy Manny, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and Sofia the First. At dinner, meet Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy.
- Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness Resort: Meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip, and Dale.
- ‘Ohana at Polynesian Village Resort: At breakfast, meet Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto.
- Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk: At breakfast, meet Ariel, Eric, Flynn Rider, and Rapunzel.
- Tusker House in Animal Kingdom: Meet Daisy, Donald, Goofy and Mickey.
- Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
- Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
- Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Polynesian Village Resort
- Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience in Hollywood Studios
- Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise in Magic Kingdom
- Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing in Magic Kingdom
- Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace in Magic Kingdom
- Frozen Ever After IllumiNations Dessert Party in Epcot
- Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party in Hollywood Studios
- Tiana’s Riverboat Party – Ice Cream Social & Viewing Party in Magic Kingdom
Book the Most Coveted Dining Reservations first
When your booking window opens 180 days in advance, make sure to book the most coveted reservations first. This includes early morning reservations at restaurants that open before the parks, character dining, and dinner shows. If you don’t get the reservations you want, keep trying. Cancellations occur all the time so you might get lucky. Also, make sure to include children on your reservations. This includes infants so that you will have ample table space.
5. Book FastPass+ Reservations up to 60 Days in Advance
FastPass+ reservations can be made 30 days in advance or 60 days in advance when staying at a Disney World Resort hotel. Before making reservations, you must have a ticket linked to your My Disney Experience Account. Reservations start online at 7am EST. That’s 4am for those of us on the West Coast. You absolutely must be online at that time to have any hope of getting the best FastPasses. But if you don’t get what you want, keep checking back because they do release more as the date gets closer.
Make a Touring Plan
A touring plan is a list of rides and attractions that you want to visit during your Disney World vacation. With so much to see and do, you really need to narrow things down before you arrive. I personally use TouringPlans.com. It’s a paid service that offers suggested schedules and predicted wait times. They also have a lines app that is updated in real time with wait times. This is an invaluable tool for planning a Disney World vacation. Undercover Tourist also offers touring plans.
Suggested Touring Plans
Below are my suggestions for how to spend your time in each park along with highlights from our most recent trip. These are geared towards parents of young kids since we have a toddler.
- 2 Day Magic Kingdom Plan for Parents of Young Kids
- 1 Day Epcot Plan for Parents of Young Kids
- 2 Day Animal Kingdom Plan for Parents of Young Kids
- 1 Day Hollywood Studios Plan for Parents of Young Kids
Book the Most Coveted FastPasses First
When you get online to make your FastPass+ reservations, start with the most hard to get FastPasses. These include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and “The Mountains” in Magic Kingdom, Flight of Passage or Na’Vi River Journey in Animal Kingdom, Frozen Ever After or Soarin’ in Epcot, and Toy Story Mania, Star Tours, or Tower of Terror in Hollywood Studios.
TouringPlans.com also offers great (free) information about which FastPasses to prioritize. The links for each park are below:
Remember to use Rider Switch
If you are traveling with an infant, toddler, or short kid, remember to take advantage of rider switch. It works like this: two adults and an infant present themselves to a cast member at the ride entrance. The first adult goes on the ride while the second adult is handed a rider switch pass. The second adult and infant wait for the first adult to ride and then they switch. The second adult enters the queue through the FastPass line with the rider switch pass.
If you use this system, you can usually reserve different FastPasses for each adult. There are occasionally reports of cast members demanding to see FastPasses for both adults before providing a rider switch pass, but they are rare. Most reports are from Seven Dwarfs Mine Train so keep that in mind as you make your touring plans.
The following attractions offer rider switch:
- The Barnstormer
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- Expedition Everest
- Kali River Rapids
- Primeval Whirl
- Frozen Ever After
- Mission: SPACE
- Test Track
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Remember to Use Single Rider Lines
Single rider lines are another great way to skip the queue. This is especially great for parents when your kids are too young to ride. There are far fewer single rider lines than rider switch attractions. This is only offered on Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom, Test Track in Epcot, and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster in Hollywood Studios. But please don’t be one of those couples that use single rider lines and then beg to be put together. Use it alone or if your party is 100% willing to be split up.
Bonus Step: Have so much Fun!
When you finally walk through the gates into your first Disney World theme park, don’t be surprised if it makes you a little emotional. Planning a Disney World vacation is hard work. And, for many people, it’s the realization of a lifelong dream. So take time to really let go and enjoy yourself.
Consider Purchasing Memory Maker
A great way to get the most out of your visit is by purchasing Memory Maker. This ticket add-on gives you free downloads of all PhotoPass and ride photos taken throughout your vacation. Yes, it’s expensive: $169 when purchased at least three days in advance. But it will help alleviate your worries about preserving your memories. And maybe, just maybe, mom (or dad) will get to be in a photo (or 10) with the whole family.
If you spring for Memory Maker, make sure to take lots of photos so you get your money’s worth. And explore the Magic Shots feature that allows you to add Disney characters and digital borders to your photos.
With all of that said, have a magical Disney World vacation!