Tips for planning your Disney trip

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Many people are planning a trip to Walt Disney World later this year. Here are some things you can do now to prepare for your big trip:

Make dining reservations: You can make restaurant reservations up to 180 days before your trip. For some of the popular restaurants, it’s recommended you make your reservation at exactly 180 days before your trip.

Check refurbishments: To avoid disappointment, you probably want to check the refurbishment schedule to see if an attraction will be closed during your trip. Many rides close in the fall for regular maintenance.

Start making a plan: Show your kids videos on YouTube and build excitement before your trip. You can also visit TouringPlans and WDWINFO to find answers to common questions.

What’s new at Walt Disney World? New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom: Journey of The Little Mermaid, Storybook Circus and Enchanted Tales are all new in 2013. Starbucks has been added to Magic Kingdom and will be added to Epcot later this year. Princess Fairytale Hall, a meet and greet with princesses, is scheduled to open in Fall

Going in September? Get free dining!: If you’re traveling to Disney World in September, make sure you add free dining to your reservation. Your package must include park tickets and a hotel stay at a Disney owned hotel. Here’s more information.

Halloween and Christmas parties: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are both held on select dates in September/October and December. The events are not included in your regular theme park admission, but they are a lot of fun. Disney only sells a select number of tickets for each event, so if you’re interested you can purchase your tickets now.

MagicBands and FastPass+: Later this year, Disney will introduce MagicBands and FastPass+. MagicBands are the new RFID wristbands that Disney will provide to guests. The bands will contain room, ticket, and payment information. Guests will be able to use the band to purchase food/merchandise, gain entry to their hotel room, gain entry to the park and redeem FastPass+ reservations. FastPass+ is an upgrade to the current FASTPASS system. Guests will be able to visit MyDisneyExperience.com and make FastPass+ reservations before they arrive at Walt Disney World. Here’s more information about the program.

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