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    Planning: Just Before Your Trip

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Consider the following suggestions for the last month before your Walt Disney World vacation.

Buy Tickets

If your travel package does not include theme park tickets, use our Ticket Calculator to shop for the best deal. Get your tickets in advance! Buying at the theme park gates is usually more expensive and always takes more time.

Check the Crowds Again

Disney often changes park hours a month or less in advance. Before leaving home, check out the Crowd Calendar to see how predications have changed. If you use our Crowd Tracker, you will receive email alerts about any changes during your travel dates.

Find Out What Is Closed

Look at our closures page to see what attractions will be unavailable during your stay. With this knowledge, you can set your family's expectations appropriately and tour the parks more efficiently.

Use Online Check-in

If you are staying at a Disney Resort, you can check-in via the Internet up to 10 days before your stay begins. If you do this, upon arriving at your hotel you will wait in a separate line and should experience a streamlined check-in process.

Schedule Magical Express or Private Transportation

If you are using Disney's Magical Express to get between Orlando International Airport and a Disney resort, make sure that you receive your luggage tags and boarding documents prior to leaving home. If you are taking a private car service to your hotel, book that in advance, as well.

Order Groceries

Stores at Disney resorts stock basic groceries staples at very high prices. If you will need groceries during your trip and will not have a car, to save money consider setting up an order with an Orlando-area grocery delivery vendor.

Pack What You Need

Look at Orlando weather predictions prior to packing your bags and bring appropriate clothing. This will help you avoid buying a swimsuit or sweatshirt at inflated theme park prices.

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