I am less than a month away from my next Disney trip! Though there’s plenty to be done the week before you leave, I’m already itching to try and get some other stuff done as well. And the more you can do ahead of time, the better. There are certainly some things that are good to check off your list a month ahead of time. Since I’m making my own checklist I figured I would share it with you, too!
Pay your balance
If you’ve booked a Walt Disney World package (room, tickets, and/or dining), your balance is due 30 days before you travel. Disney doesn’t mess around with this – miss your payment and your reservation will be cancelled. If you have a room only reservation you don’t have to pay the remainder of this until check out.
If you haven’t sent in your flight information for Magical Express, you want to do it ASAP. If you did it ahead of time you should be getting your luggage tags soon, so put those in a safe place. Even if you wait until the last minute to call in your Magical Express you can still use the bus, you just might not receive your luggage tags in time.
Magic Band orders also have to be placed 30 days ahead of time, so while you’re making that final payment make sure everything is set with your magic bands! You can customize the colors and names on the bands. If you forget to fill it out they’ll give them to you at the resort, buy you’ll just get gray ones.
Make an itinerary
If you’ve booked fastpasses, dining reservations, your flights, etc., now is a good time to put all of that information in one spot. I like to use Google Docs to make my itinerary. I include what time everything is scheduled for as well as confirmation numbers. I also look up park hours and extra magic hours to add to my list.
Book fastpasses (if off-site)
For people staying off-site (at a non-Disney owned hotel), you can start booking your fastpass+ reservations 30 days ahead of time. So if that’s the case make sure you have your park tickets purchased and linked to your My Disney Experience account and get on first thing in the morning on your 30 day mark!
Create a packing list
It might be a little early to start packing, but you can at least start thinking about what you should pack. The advantage to making a packing list early on is that you may thing of other things throughout the next few weeks you forgot about and you can add that to your list.
I’ll be writing a full blog post soon on how to order groceries to be delivered to your Disney World hotel, but for now if it’s something you’re thinking about check out Garden Grocer. Even if you just have some basics delivered like bottled water, bagels, etc., it can save you some money in the long run especially with a larger group.
Order memory maker
Thinking about Memory Maker? Now’s a good time to purchase it! If you decide to buy it in advance of your trip you can save some money. You can always get it later too, but you’ll pay more for it. I find the Memory Maker to be well worth it for all of the photos you get.
Disney runners – practice in your costume!
This is only for those of us going for a RunDisney event. In addition to all of the training you should be doing, you’ll also want to test out your costume! Running in a costume is usually different than running in regular clothes, so you want to be prepared. Better to look a little silly running around the neighborhood than to be in the middle of the half marathon to find that your thighs are chafing badly because of your tutu rubbing against them, that your hair won’t stay up, or that your cape keeps falling off.
Leave the last week open for last minute prep
There are plenty of other things that need to be done within the last week before you go to Disney, so make sure you get these items done so you don’t have to worry about them last minute! Then you can move on to what you should be doing the week before you leave.
Did you think this was helpful? Make sure to also check out What to do the week before you leave for Disney!
Anything that I missed? What do you do the month before you go to Disney?