How to Pull Off a Spontaneous Vacation to Walt Disney World

Spontaneous vacations to Walt Disney World are just as fun as the vacations that are planned well in advance.  The key is just to be at Walt Disney World and enjoy all of the magic that surrounds you.  If you are considering a last minute trip, then definitely check out our tips for how to pull off a spontaneous vacation to Walt Disney World:


10. Consider using a Disney Travel Agent

There are authorized Disney Travel Agents who specialize in booking Disney vacations.  Their services are free to guests as Disney pays their commission.  They typically know all of the different deals and promotions to help you get the best deals. They will even help you with dining reservations and other special event bookings, too.

9. Leverage My Disney Experience

As soon as you have your resort or vacation package booked, then you will want to make sure that you get everything linked with My Disney Experience.  This will help you with planning your trip and keeping all of your details together.  You can also leverage the helpful features while you are on your vacation, too.

8. Check for dining reservations

Even if you are booking a vacation late in the game, you can still book dining reservations.  There will be a variety of different restaurants and times still available, so start looking them over and make your selections after you have your dates.


7. Don’t forget about the water parks

There are two different water parks on property, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach.  Both of these are great options for a last minute trip since the restaurants there don’t take reservations and there aren’t FastPass+ selections.  You have the same advantages as any other guest who shows up that day.  Plus, they are also just a ton of fun!

6. Make FastPass+ selections as soon as you can

Once you have your dates selected you will want to link your park tickets within My Disney Experience so that you can make FastPass+ selections.  We recommend buying your tickets in advance and doing this so that you can save time while there and get a better selection of FastPass+ times and options.

5. Enjoy counter service meal options via Mobile Order

Even if you have trouble getting your desired table service locations, there are still a ton of great quick service options at the counter service locations.  You also don’t have to waste time waiting in line to order since Disney has rolled out the Mobile Order service within the My Disney Experience app.  You are able to order and pay from the app and then just pick up your food at the pickup window when it is ready.  It is so convenient!

4. You can still order customized MagicBands

Even if you book a Disney vacation a couple weeks out, you can still get customized MagicBands.  Just link your reservation as soon as you have it in My Disney Experience and get the order complete.  Typically as long as you are within around 11 days ahead of your trip you can still customize and have time for them to be shipped to you at home.

3. Check out discount sites for airfare

If you are booking last minute flights, you may want to look outside of your typical airline.  Sometimes last minute flights can be very experience so use some of the discount sites or sites that do price comparisons so that you can get the best deal. Just don’t forget to consider any additional luggage fees that may be applied, depending on the airline.

2. Don’t stop trying for reservations

If you have your heart set on a certain dining reservation or FastPass+ selection, definitely don’t give up.  You may be able to find exactly what you are looking for even on the day of.  So keep checking back periodically and you may luck out as another guests releases their reservation.

1. Don’t over plan and be flexible

Since you are already booking a last minute trip, then you probably already like to be a little more spontaneous.  Don’t feel like you have to over plan in the last few days, you can still have an enjoyable Disney vacation with spontaneity.  Just be flexible and patient if you encounter possible longer waits for certain things.

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!