If you stay on-property of a Disney Resort Hotel, you stay in the magic of the “bubble.” Disney is an EXPERIENCE, not just a destination, and the Disney Resort Hotels offer as much magic as the theme parks. You can enjoy horseback riding, mini-golf, water parks, shopping, and the myriad of activities at Disney Resort Hotels.
As soon as you book your Disney Resort Hotel and are within 60 days of your dates, book your Advance Dining Reservations. Dining fills up quickly, especially character meals and more popular restaurants like Ohana, Be Our Guest Restaurant, and Cinderella's Royal Table, to name a few.
Be sure to download the Disney Experience App to your phone. This is critical. Downloading your My Disney Experience App will give you access to the newly launched Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ services while also keeping your Advance Dining Reservations in one place. My Disney Experience also includes maps of the parks and is searchable.
You need to have some sort of plan, but you also have to remain flexible. And, remember, this is YOUR VACATION. What you define as a successful vacation will differ from your friends' or family's definitions. So, decide what YOU want to get out of your Disney experience.
First of all, this service is totally free for all park guests. You can access the Disney Genie Service in the My Disney Experience app! All you have to do is to choose the kinds of attractions you're interested in say Star Wars or a general theme like Disney Princesses! Genie will then create a custom itinerary for you.