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How To Plan A Spontaneous Trip to Walt Disney World in 2021

With our routines changed so much after a year of the pandemic, it seems weird to think that you can plan a spontaneous trip to Disney, but you can!  While there is still a small amount of pre-planning that is required, visiting Disney right now is both safe and more adaptable to your specific touring plan than it is during times of FastPass+ and Advanced Dining Reservations.  Follow these quick tips and you can still have a spontaneous trip to Disney World!



1. Ticket In Advance

It is hard to be completely spontaneous with a Disney trip and guests will need to have tickets purchased in advanced and linked to their My Disney Experience account.  You’ll also need to take note of the type of ticket that you have and what type of guest Disney classifies you as — be sure to check current ticket sales — Florida Residents currently can get a ticket to one park a day for $50 a day — much better than single day tickets that were on sale previously.

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2. Make a Park Pass Reservation

Currently Disney classifies guests as either Annual Passholders, Resort Guests, and Day Guests.  Knowing your classification is important because Disney is requiring guests to have tickets in advance, as well as make a park pass reservation through My Disney Experience.  Guests are required to do this so Disney can monitor guest levels in accordance with their capacity and social distancing guidelines.  There is a calendar on-line which will let guests and passholders know which dates are available and what parks have capacity on which ones do not.  It can be frustrating, but keep checking as Disney does occasionally add space based on occupancy rates at their resorts.


3. Check Hotel Deals

If you are planning on spending the night and going to the park for a few days, Orlando currently has some fantastic hotel deals since tourism isn’t back to the same level as pre-pandemic, so guests can find great deals both on property, as well as off — currently, guests staying on property do receive slight preference for park pass reservations, but with no Extra Magic Hours, it may not be in your interest to stay at a Disney resort as opposed to stay slightly off property and driving to the parks.

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About Tyler

Tyler is a lawyer living in South Florida who visits Disney World at least once a month. He enjoys re-living classic Disney experiences and discovering new things about the parks when he visits. Friends and family always ask him to plan their trip for maximum Disney magic!