I can’t believe it. I’m planning my next Disney trip with only 76 days to go. I joined in 2018 and took our first ever WDW trip as a family in June 2019. I learned so much from this site and forum that my trip was flawless (minus the summer heat) and I felt like I truly earned my status as a Liner.
This trip will be just my husband and me. Being at Disney during the holidays is on our bucket list and we are intrigued by the “new” way of Disney (no fast passes, etc) and we are pulling the trigger this week. I am so excited I could cry.
HOWEVER… I feel like a first timer again. With shortened park hours and restaurant closings and such, I am frantically researching and can’t seem to find everything that I need which leads me into a tailspin. In an effort to ENJOY the more relaxed planning of Disney right now and calm my OCD, can you, my helpful, sweet, sometimes sassy, but always full of advice Liner Friends just answer these questions for me so I can stop wondering what is accurate, current information:
Is the monorail running? I think it is, but on a modified schedule. Or is it simply 1 hour after park closing? Where can I find that info? @TarHeelTiff I feel like you can answer this.
If purchasing tickets from a third party vendor (undercover tourist or Boardwalk for example), do I get some type of code that allows me to link those tickets to my MDE app? I assume it’s pretty easy? First time not purchasing a package.
I’m also going to book my hotel (Dolphin) through the actual Marriott site. I assume same situation here- some type of link that connects the reservation to MDE. If any tips needed, let me know.
I’d like to purchase new Magic Bands. Any tips for connecting my ticket and resort reservations from above to the new magic bands? Is there any advantage to ordering the Magic Bands AFTER my reservations are connected to MDE?
I love reading all of your Trip Reports. It’s really helping me with ideas for how things are right now at Disney. For those who have been recently who are usually Rope Droppers: Would you recommend getting to parks earlier than park opening? Maybe for specific parks but not others? It seems like Hollywood Studios would be a good one to get there early. How early to be toward the front of the line for MMRR, for example?
Thanks for brightening my day, Liner Fam.