15 Days To Go Disney Vacation To Do List!

You've been watching that count down clock for months and your Walt Disney World vacation just keeps getting closer! Excitement fills the air at home, but there are still quite a few things that need to get done. With a great pre-travel checklist and a little organization you can check off those last minute tasks a few at a time with no sweat at all. Below is peak at what my personal pre-Walt Disney World routine will looks like as I count down the last two weeks before a trip!

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10-15 Days Out: Confirm Plans, See Your Doctor

  • Now is the time to confirm all of your travel reservations are in place and nothing has changed. Checking at two weeks out gives you a chance to deal with surprises before you're face to face with a glitch.
  • I always take this time to go over your Advance Dining Reservations and be sure that they still match up with your travel plans and party. Cancel any ADRs that you no longer need, and fill in any last minute meals that you have open.
  • Be sure that celebrations are marked and notate special dietary considerations as needed.
  • If you have any health conditions that make travel difficult be sure you get in to your doctor and discuss your travel needs.

7-10 Days Out: Documents, Shipping & Cell Phone

  • Be sure that you have made copies of all important documents for your trip. You'll need to have your confirmation numbers, copies of medical cards, identification, and insurance.
  • Now is also the time to think about shipping any packages to your destination. Be sure that your name and arrival dates are clearly marked so that the hotel knows the package is for a guest.
  • If you'll be traveling internationally to get to Walt Disney World, or if you are taking a Disney Cruise, become familiar your international cell phone service. It's a good idea to touch base with your service provider for details.

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5-7 Days Out: Check Medications, Pick Up Last Minute Necessities

  • Be sure you have a ready supply of any prescription medications that you take. Pack enough that if your travel is delayed you will not run out.
  • Make sure that you have over-the-counter staples packed too. Tylenol, Advil, and some Cold medicines are usually available at your Walt Disney World Resort hotel gift shop, however the packages only have one or two doses and the price is much higher than if you just bring it along. If you're prepared the touring doesn't have to stop.
  • Don't forget the sun screen, and small toiletries while you're at it!

3-5 Days Out: Get It In The Suitcase

    Honestly, I'm usually packed for myself sooner than this (I start gathering my own things up about 30 days out) but 3-5 days before leaving is when I remind the rest of the family that they need to have their clothing washed and in the bags ready to travel. Having this out of the way is one of the biggest stress reducers that I've ever found. The last bags that get packed up are toiletries and the electronics which doesn't happen until right before we walk out the door. If you need help making a packing list check out this previous article.

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2-3 Days Out: Take Care Of The Homefront

  • If a family member or house sitter will be watching your place while you are gone, be sure to leave them with the supplies that they will need while you're out. Have a full supply of pet food, and a full fridge. Make sure that any household business is taken care of in advance as well.
  • If you do leave your home vacant while traveling this is a good time to have your mail stopped and touch base with whoever is picking up your paper and packages, or taking care of the lawn.

1-2 Days Out: Relax & Refresh

  • Make one more run through all of your travel documents to make sure you have everything you need. Gather your tickets and vouchers all in one place , and don't forget those magic bands!
  • If you haven't been able to check-in to your hotel or flights yet, now is the time to consider that. Many airlines and resorts allow guests to check-in 24 hours in advance. Walt Disney World Resort Guests should have checked in long ago at 60 days in advance.
  • Take a couple of days before you leave to recharge your batteries so that you'll be ready to tackle the Disney Parks. I like to get my hair cut or have a manicure to help me relax after the crazy pre-vacation days. Stay home at night, order in dinner, now is the perfect time to sneak a couple of Disney movies into your busy schedule.

And there you have it - my pre-travel routine to keep me sane while still getting everything taken care of. One of the best ways to have a stellar vacation is to reduce the stress associated with it, and following this routine has given me a new outlook on what used to be a chaotic race before we left.

Do you have a pre-vacation routine? Leave a comment and share your tips!

alicemouse wrote on Fri, 08/07/2015 - 16:39:

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Awesome list, Kristen! I'll be using this a lot :)

Mara Cullen wrote on Sat, 11/14/2015 - 01:52:

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What does that part where it says " walt disney world guests should have checked in long ago, 60 days ago" mean?

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 16:41:

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Hi Mara! Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels (those run by Disney) are able to take advantage on online check-in at the resort as far as 60 days in advance. This speeds up the process arrival process greatly and confirms with the resorts that you do still plan on coming. At 60 days those guests are also able to make their Fastpass+ reservations.

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