Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Magical Blogorail Teal: Disney Trip as a Christmas Gift

Welcome to those of you joining me from My Dreams of Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Are you getting or giving a Disney vacation for Christmas?  If so, you'll need to know what to do next! Here are the things I would do if I were giving my boys a WDW trip this December:

1. Start a countdown.  See exactly how many days you have until you arrive at Disney.  If you are inside 180 days, make dining reservations.  If you have more than 180 days, start looking at your dining options so you'll know what you want to book.  When you reach 25 days (or whatever your magic number is) start the countdown calendar!

2. Make your hotel reservations and buy your park tickets.  Visit Disney's web site or call your favorite travel agent.  Remember to ask if there are any specials going on for your time of travel (free dining, kids play free, etc).

3. Start looking at flight deals, if you are flying.  Keep an eye on this so you can hopefully get the best price.  Talk with your travel agent if they are helping with your vacation.

4. At 180 days out, start making your dining reservations.  If you want to dine in Cinderella Castle, with characters or at a dinner show, make sure you make your reservations at 180 days out.  These fill up quickly!  

5. Now, you should have the basics covered: flight, hotel, tickets and dining reservations.  If you have a Disney Visa Rewards card, start making purchases on it (or better yet, book your trip on it!) so you can earn 1% back in Disney dollars.  We also buy Disney Gift Cards at local drug stores when we have extra cash at the end of the month.  These can be used to pay for your trip, food, souvenirs and more while at Disney!

6. A few months/ weeks out start making a plan for your trip.  Look at crowd calendars and trends to see which park would be best each day of your trip and plan accordingly. 

7. Start your packing list!  Plan for different temperatures during the winter/ spring months and rain/ sun for summer and fall.  You'll need all types of clothing. 

8. Keep your eyes open at drugstores, grocery stores and "big box" stores for Disney themed gifts, trinkets and goodies.  These are excellent for travel, waiting in lines and gifts left on the beds each day.  It also helps us not spend as much in the parks on souvenirs- and it's much cheaper! :)

I hope this list helps you organize and plan your Christmas gift trip!  Have fun!

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Teal this month. Our next loop will be in December with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Loop should you happen to have tomake a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ YourFirstVisit.net


  1. What a great list!!! It is amazing what we do to prepare for a trip. A bit scarry when you list it all out. : )

  2. agree! And I think I even left off a few things I do as I prepare! ha!