Growing up I was a very lucky girl.
Every summer my grandparents took me, my brother, and my cousin to Disney World.
We always looked forward to this road trip and the vacation never disappointed.
As we got older my grandparents starting cashing in their Disney timeshare for other trips.
While we haven't gone in years, the memories have never left me.
I may just have the best nanny and papa in the entire world. Just saying!
These days my grandparents are completely uninterested in making this trip.
While that's true, they kept their timeshare so their great grandchildren can have the same memories.
With a new generation on the family tree, our nanny and papa is still the best!
My husband and I agreed this year we'd utilize the timeshare and take the famous road trip.
He doesn't know how we'd spent a night at Savannah, Georgia or about our special detours.
We're going to take this family tradition and make it our own this time.
And I can't wait!!!!
How to plan a Disney vacation in 2016.
1. Start the planning as early as possible.
Things aren't as simple as they were all those years ago.
Everything in Disney and Disney related are based on paid reservations.
Example: We started planning 3 months ago and we're unable to reserve half of what we wanted.
2. Download the Disney application.
This makes booking, changing, and canceling reservations real easy.
It's also a fantastic way to view your "itinerary".
I'm a little disappointed how a Disney trip became all time slots and schedules.
3. Consider opening a Disney credit card.
I've searched high and low for discounted tickets for Disney world. They don't exist.
The best deal was opening a Disney card for a $200 credit on your first large purchase.
Buying the tickets with the card was like having a $200 coupon. Then pay it off.
4. Learn the Disney lingo.
You'll want to research things like "hopper tickets", "memory maker", and "fast pass+".
If all else fails, call Disney direct and have them explain these terms for you.
Overwhelming is an understatement. One plus is "fast pass+" is free!
5. Pick which parks you're going to on which day.
You'll need to know this so you can schedule your "fast pass+" options and reserve dining spots.
Dining reservations seem to book up the quickest. If you're picky with this, do it stat!
I was real sad to learn that all 3 meals with the princesses was booked MONTHS in advance.
6. Decide if you want to attend a character dining.
I wanted to book a fun dining for my mush and a fun dining for my Godson.
Unfortunately, 3 months in advance was too late. Many of these experiences were booked.
I was able to grab a spot for Brunch at Chef Mickeys and a lunch with Safari Donald Duck.
7. Decide if you want to attend a dinner show.
These book just as quickly as the character dining. If you want a popular show, book it now.
Look into the different cuisines, shows, and drink availability to decide which is the best.
We settled for the Hoop Dee Doo Revoo. We were sold at unlimited Sangria. Heyyy!!
8. Research what rides or events have the longest line.
You can only book 3 "fast pass+" appointments per park per day.
You want to pick these wisely. Word is the character signings have the longest lines.
We tried to book our fast passes in the morning and around our dining reservations.
9. Look into the free events that your ticket includes.
There are many experiences that don't cost anything extra once you're in the park.
There are parades, fireworks shows, and other events that go on during the day. Plan around them!
This is when the app's itinerary comes in handy. You can set reminders for these events!
10. Become real familiar with your app.
This app lets you know wait times and character appearances without walking the park.
Use it to avoid long waits and to get the most out of your trip.
The magic of Disney has become a very meticulously planned event.
What are you Disney trip planning tips?