Plan ahead to make the magic happen at Disney World

Stamina, patience, perseverance and a determination to succeed. Preparation and attention to detail are key. Anything from six months to a year.

ut the hard yards in and the rewards will be great. It’s all about stealing a march, giving yourself an edge.

Apps will need to be downloaded, research conducted, early reservations made and daily itineraries finalised well in advance.

On this trip, spontaneity is eroded before you step foot on the plane.

Yet it works.

The magic of Disney World, Orlando, Florida is only intensified by a well co-ordinated and pre-planned trip.

Purchasing Disney tickets — currently there is a deal to buy a 14-day pass for the price of a seven-day pass — will no longer guarantee entry to the parks. Blame Covid. Instead, at your earliest convenience you must reserve a place each day at either Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios. Failure to do so or leaving it last minute is likely to end in disappointment.

Of course, there is the option of the Park Hopper ticket, which allows you to move to a different theme park during the day after 2pm. As the holiday goes on, it’s a great alternative to have at your disposal.

Then you have an added extra of Genie Plus, a type of fast pass service which when I was there allowed you to book a time slot for rides every two hours, starting from 7am if staying in a Disney resort. With the expected large queues and where waiting times can be two hours, it’s a small price to pay to jump the line. As is a Lightning Lane pass, but only one attraction can be purchased from the app each day such as The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom.

Your smartphone will be crucial

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