Has booking a Disney Vacation become too complicated?
Taking a Disney vacation can be one of the most magical memories you create. But it comes with a cost! Not just a monetary one. In recent years it has almost become a job just to plan and book a Disney vacation. Gone are the days when you could just show up to the parks, purchase a ticket, and head through the turnstiles.
Since the parks reopened after the pandemic closure, things have gotten more complicated for guests. Even Disney parks veterans have been left confused over changes to the planning process, and while new systems like Disney Genie+ have promised to help navigate all of this, many guests feel that it does just the opposite.
Guests are finding the overall process of planning a Disney vacation to be an exhausting one. So much planning and research needs to be done before you even get to the parks.
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Some of the big changes that have come to the parks include:
- Park Reservations
- Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, Lightning Lane
- Park hopping at a specific time
- Advanced Dining Reservation booking date
- Mobile Dining
- No more Magical Express
Let’s go over a few of the major changes. Magical Express, Disney World‘s complimentary airport shuttle, is no longer available. Guests now need to find another way to get from the airport to their Disney resort AND budget for that cost. Park pass reservations are now required. Guests will need to decide ahead of time what parks they want to visit on which days of their trip and make reservations. Not much room for spontaneity. Park hopping has also changed. Guests visiting Disney World now have to wait until 2 pm before they can park hop and at Disneyland, they have to wait until 1 pm.
Guests have also been complaining that they need to be on their phones more now than before while at the parks. The complimentary FastPass system has been replaced by Disney Genie+ (an additional cost). While some might think it’s convenient to be able to make Lightning Lane reservations on your phone, others have found it to be bothersome to need to be on your phone checking for passes throughout the day. Another mobile aspect that has grown recently is Mobile Ordering. More quick service locations are now available on the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps. Disney is trying to make everything more convenient for guests but not everyone sees it that way.
Have you booked a Disney vacation recently? Did you find the process to be too complicated?
If you are wanting to book a Disney vacation but don’t want to be overwhelmed with the process, contact me today! I am a travel agent with Destinations to Travel, my services are free, and I’d love to help you plan a magical vacation! I can help with as little or as much planning as you’d like.