Disney Parks and Planning, Travel

Disney World 2018 Trip Planning!

There are still 130 days until I leave for my Disney World and Universal trip, and my planning is already fully underway. I feel like planning this trip is similar to going to battle, but in a fun way. Disney World is a planner’s dream vacation; dining reservations are booked a full 180 days in advance and fastpass+ reservations are booked 60 days in advance. Whoa man. I will be heading to Universal Studios in late October, then going to Disney World starting even later October through early November. 11 days will be spent in Disney World, and holy moly that is a lot of planning.

For starters, we are staying at the Beach Club Resort! We chose this hotel for several reasons, including the close proximity to Epcot and Hollywood Studios (both are walking distance), the killer pool, and the hotel’s Cape Cod inspired themeing. I have stayed at the Beach Club’s sister resort, the Yacht Club, before and I am so excited to go back!

Stormalong Bay! A sand-bottomed lazy river
Beach Club Exterior

We opted for the deluxe dining plan which includes three meal credits, two snack credits, and use of a refillable mug for coffee and soda at the resort, per day! This seems like a TON of food–because it is–but we are planning to do a lot of “signature” dining that each take 2 dining plan credits per person. We are also going during the Food and Wine Festival in Epcot, so our snack credits will be put to good use!

The reason our trip is so long (besides spending a ton of time in the parks) is so we can attend both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

The Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus make an appearance at the Halloween Party!!!
Mickey’s Christmas Party!! Look how MAGICAL!

I booked dining at exactly 180 days before our check in day at 3am (I know, crazy!). Dining reservations go live at 6amEST, which translates to me waking up before the sun to ensure I get all my dining! I am SO pleased that I got every single reservation I planned for! Even the ever elusive pre-park opening Be Our Guest breakfast!

I’ll have A TON of dining reviews, outfit posts, and other planing tips coming in the next few months! Until then, here’s some ~vintage~ pics from my family’s trip to Disney World in 2009:

Let’s start with this gem, taken inside the Yacht Club. Ahhh the Abercrombie tops. Also of note: I was still taller than my brother
The castle during the day. I remember being amazed at how BIG it is compared to Disneyland
The castle at night! How gorgeous is that!
My Dad and my Brother on Buzz Lightyear. We take games very seriously.
The Tree of Life in Animal Kingdom
The Morocco Pavilion in Epcot has amazing tile work throughout. I still don’t know what to do with my hands in photos.
“Maybe putting one behind the back will look better?” My thoughts in Animal Kingdom, probably
“Eh, I’ll just cross them. Looks totally natural”- My thoughts in the UK Pavillion in front of a replica of Anne Hathaway’s (no not THAT Anne Hathaway) cottage.

Can’t wait to share more about the trip with you soon!

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