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elisje

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Best time to visit wdw in 2020
« on: February 24, 2019, 09:25:29 AM »
Hallo everyone

After many many trips to Disneyland paris we are planning to go to walt disney world for our honeymoon.
It wil be our first trip to wdw and out first trip outside Europe.

What is a good periode to visit (crowds and weather)? We are getting married on 7 may 2020 and are planning to stay for 2.5 weeks. Can we leave the 8th of may or is it better to wait for a later periode? (We are Also planning to visit universal and new york)

Does anyone has any tips about travelling from Europe (the netherlands) to the us?

You would help us a lot.

Thank you
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Re: Best time to visit wdw in 2020
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2019, 10:42:12 AM »
Hallo everyone

After many many trips to Disneyland paris we are planning to go to walt disney world for our honeymoon.
It wil be our first trip to wdw and out first trip outside Europe.

What is a good periode to visit (crowds and weather)? We are getting married on 7 may 2020 and are planning to stay for 2.5 weeks. Can we leave the 8th of may or is it better to wait for a later periode? (We are Also planning to visit universal and new york)

Does anyone has any tips about travelling from Europe (the netherlands) to the us?

You would help us a lot.

Thank you

I've been to WDW two times, in September 2010 and in September 2013, with the third time coming up September this year. Since I've only been there for Sepember, I can't speak for May. But looking at this crowd calendar it won't be to bad: https://www.dadsguidetowdw.com/may-disney-world-crowds.html

Regarding weather, it's gonna be hot almost no matter when you go, except for around Desember to January or so.
You can see the weather forcast here: https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/orlando-fl/32801/month/328169?monyr=5/01/2019

We are living in Norway and have been to USA 4 times so we are familiar with traveling there.
First of all, you'll need to apply for the ESTA if you are eglible for that.
Use only the official link: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

In New York we only took public transportation, but in Florida we have rented cars from Alamo several times and was happy with them.

Where are you planning to stay in Florida?
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Re: Best time to visit wdw in 2020
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2019, 10:44:38 AM »
And when you first arrive in the US, be prepared for longer wait times at the immigration.
You may or may not be able to use the immigration kiosk at arrival to speed up the process.
You will have to see a immigration officer that check your passport, takes your fingerprints and pictures and then stamp your passports if you are approved to get in to the country.
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Re: Best time to visit wdw in 2020
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2019, 10:50:02 AM »
If you live near Amsterdam, Norwegian Air have some good prices on both economy class and premium class over the Atlantic ocean.
From New York to Orlando it's a 16 hour drive or a 3 hour flight.
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Re: Best time to visit wdw in 2020
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2019, 01:28:38 PM »
If you live near Amsterdam, Norwegian Air have some good prices on both economy class and premium class over the Atlantic ocean.
From New York to Orlando it's a 16 hour drive or a 3 hour flight.

Thanks tot the kind reply

May looks perfect. But going in Halloween season is also very tempting.

We are planning to fly from amsterdam to new York. Stay in new york for a few days and fly from new York to Orlando.
We will probaly stay in a Disney world hotel (We can splurge a bit since it is out moneymoon).

How long before the trip should we aply for the esta?
 
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Re: Best time to visit wdw in 2020
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2019, 03:38:52 PM »
If you live near Amsterdam, Norwegian Air have some good prices on both economy class and premium class over the Atlantic ocean.
From New York to Orlando it's a 16 hour drive or a 3 hour flight.

Thanks tot the kind reply

May looks perfect. But going in Halloween season is also very tempting.

We are planning to fly from amsterdam to new York. Stay in new york for a few days and fly from new York to Orlando.
We will probaly stay in a Disney world hotel (We can splurge a bit since it is out moneymoon).

How long before the trip should we aply for the esta?

For ESTA I would say 2 to 3 months before. You usually get the decision there and then if you are approved to travel under it, but it can take up to 3 days. If it's denied, you'll need to apply for a regular Visa at the local American embassy.

In WDW, the 3 All Star hotels are the cheapest of that can help.
I don't know how much planning or information you want to have about WDW, but wdwinfo.com is a big fansite with a lot of information.

If there's anything specific you'll want to know, just ask  :)
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Re: Best time to visit wdw in 2020
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2019, 03:50:05 PM »
Im from Ireland and I have been travelling to America since 2001 and to Disneyland California since 2010. Im a member of an American Disney forum and here are some tips for Walt Disney World that I have picked up from them

1. Star Wars Land called Galaxys Edge is due to open in Walt Disney World November / December 2019. This is by far the the biggest thing to hit both Disneyland California and Walt Disney World. Crowds are expected to be astronomical and even though you will be there 5 months after it opens, people are predicting the huge crowds to last for at least the first year if not longer.

2. Walt Disney World has Magic Bands and Fastpas ++. This is an electronic tracking system for park tickets and Fastpasses.

Fastpasses
1. Are booked in advance online through My Disney Experience App
2. You can also get electronic Fastpasses at kiosks in the park
3. You can change or modify Fastpasses through the App online, on your phone or at the Fatspass kiosks in the park
4. If you stay at a Disney Resort you can book Fastpasses 60 days out from the first night of your stay
5. If you stay at a non Disney Resort you can book Fastpasses 30 days out from the first night of your stay
6. It is advisable to know when either your 60 day or 30 day time is. There is a huge demand for Fastpasses and many people will be online at the exact time their 60 or 30 day window starts, even if it is the middle of the night in their timezone.
7. The My Disney Experience App is set for the Orlando timezone.The Fastpass booking becomes available at 7am Orlando time.
8. When you do the 60 / 30 day advance Fastpass booking you can only book 3 Fastpasses per person per day
9. The 3 Fastpasses must be at a single park
10. Rides are tiered for Fastpasses, Tier 1, the most popular rides and Tier 2 everything else. 
11. You can only have 1 Tier 1 Fastpass when you do the advance booking
12. Once you have used all your prebooked Fastpasses, you can then obtain another Fastpass through the App or at the kiosks. Once you use the 4th Fastpass you can obtain another one and so on. However all this depends on the availability of Fastpasses.

This is a great blog which really explains the whole Fastpass process https://www.mousehacking.com/blog/disney-world-fastpass-strategy

Advance Restaurant Reservations
1. Table Service Restaurants and Dinner / shows  in Walt Disney World are very popular and many are themed.
2. Dining Plans are also very popular and as a result it is really advisable to make restaurant reservations in advance.
3. Many restaurants will not have walk up on the day availability.
4. All Disney guests can make Advance Dining Reservations from 180 days in advance.
5. Dining reservations can be made online through My Disney Experience
6. Make sure to know when your 180 day window starts
7. Restaurant Reservations are available from 6am Orlando time
8. Many people are online at 6am Orlando time even if it is the middle of the night in their time zone.
9. Many restaurants will book out fast and you may find no reservations available for your stay if you leave it too near your arrival date

This is a great blog which fully explains about the restaurants in Walt Disney World https://www.mousesavers.com/advance-dining-reservations-system-at-walt-disney-world/

Transatlantic Flights
1. I usually book my flights direct with the airlines. This is a great fight comparison website www.skyscanner.com
2. In general direct flights are more expensive. Flights with 1 or 2 stops  are cheaper.
3. Check out the airlines before you book a flight. Like with our European airlines, there are both budget and national airlines.
4. In general the national airlines will have in flight food, in flight entertainment, checked bags etc included in the price. Some transatlantic budget airlines do not
5. In general checked luggage weight is 20kg or 23 kg and 1 checked bag is included in the price
6. It is recommended that you arrive at the airport 3 hours in advance
7. There can be up to 300 people on the transatlantic flights and boarding usually starts about 1 hour before departure
8. It might be a good idea to bring sleep mask, earplugs and travel pillow for the flight

Tourist Visa For America
The tourist Visa for America is called Electronic System for Travel Aauthorisation
This is for people whose country is part of the Visa Waiver Scheme. To make sure you are eligible for ESTA check here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_Waiver_Program#Eligible_countries
You get your ESTA online here https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
It costs $14, if you are quoted more than that, you are not on the official website / being overcharged
ESTA is valid for 2 years
With ESTA you can stay a maximum of 90 consecutive days in America
Make sure to print out and keep a record of your ESTA application number
You need to apply for ESTA no later than 72 hours before departure

Getting Your Passport Stamped When You Land in America
Once your flight lands and you leave the plane, you will go through security checks BEFORE retrieving your checked luggage.
You hand  your passport to the security officer and you will be asked questions about your visit, the purpose of your visit, your travel companions etc etc. You will get an eye scan and a fingerprint scan. Once the security officer is happy with your answers, they stamp your passport and you go to baggage reclaim. American airport security take their job seriously and can be intimidating. This is not the time to joke or be funny.



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Re: Best time to visit wdw in 2020
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2019, 03:28:15 PM »
Thank you both for the information.
Planning a wdw vacation is something quite different that a dlp trip.

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Re: Best time to visit wdw in 2020
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2019, 03:43:25 PM »
Thank you both for the information.
Planning a wdw vacation is something quite different that a dlp trip.

Yeah, it's quite a difference.
But also another tip: don't overplan.
Even though there's a good idea to know what's there, remember to also soak in the atmosphere  :)
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