Planning your trip — Two months before arrival

Planning your trip - Two months before arrival

Last time we covered things to do six months before you arrive in Disney World. Unlike six months out, two months out you have two things you need to keep in mind.

First, you can customize and order your Magic Bands if you’re staying on property. If you aren’t staying on property, you can purchase a Magic Band for $12.95 plus tax at any of the parks or Downtown Disney once you arrive. For those ordering their Magic Bands online, you can pick your color and customize the text inside the Magic Band through My Disney Experience.

Customize Magic Band

Customizing your Magic Band is easy. You get to choose from seven colors, and you can add up to 9 characters inside your band. We’ve always put our names on the inside, but you can use any combination of letters, numbers, and spaces. Your Magic Bands should ship around 30 days before your arrival date. Unboxing the Magic Bands is too fun. I’m already looking forward to it.

In addition to your Magic Bands, you can also make your Fastpass+ reservations starting 60 days before your check-in date, starting at midnight Eastern Time. So for example, if your checkin date is Oct 1st, you can make your Fastpass+ reservations at midnight Eastern Time on Aug 2nd. Login to My Disney Experience and find the Fastpass+ section on the main page.

Fastpass+

You should be able to make up to 10 days of Fastpass+ reservations starting 60 days from your check-in date, just like dining reservations. I wasn’t sure about how the Fastpass+ reservations worked, so I contacted a friendly Cast Member via chat on My Disney Experience, and Mariah was very helpful.

Before you arrive, you can make three Fastpass+ reservations per day. You cannot have two Fastpass+ reservations for the same time, and you cannot choose attractions from multiple parks. You also cannot make advanced reservations for the same attraction more than once a day. Once you are at the park, you can make additional Fastpass+ reservations one at a time after you have used your first three, and if you are using Park Hopper you can make reservations in a different park. Your additional reservations can only be made at an kiosk. You cannot make additional selections using the mobile app.

fast_pass_kiosk

I suggest figuring out what Fastpass+ reservations you want before your reservation time arrives. Some attractions run out of Fastpass+ slots very quickly. I’ve heard of folks not being able to get a reservation for Anna & Elsa at Princess Fairy Tale Hall just a minute or two after the reservations opened. So depending on what you want, you may have to be fast.

Since you can make additional reservations after you’ve used your first three, I would also encourage you to choose times earlier in the day if you want to maximize your Fastpass+ usage.

I think that’s about it. 60 days out is the last really important time before your trip. After that, sit back, and try to relax until your trip arrives. I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty hard for me.

What did I forget? What other tips do you have for making your Fastpass+ reservations?

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