You’re planning your “once in a lifetime” trip to Disney so you want it to be perfect, and not to mention it’s a fairly expensive holiday however you decide to do it. But, we feel it’s important that you enjoy your holiday and not get too tied up in planning and making it more stressful than it needs to be.
In this day and age you can overcome most hiccups on your holiday, there’s the internet, shops and they speak English. So we’re going to focus on the most important things to make sure you get there and are protected against anything major ruining your holiday while you’re there.
So, in no particular order:
The days of completing a Visa Wavier form on the plane as you land are long gone. Now you need to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) for the Visa Waiver Programme or an applicable Visa.
We recommend applying for an ESTA as soon as you’ve booked your holiday in case there are any issues.
Citizens of participating Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries traveling to the United States are strongly encouraged to apply for an ESTA at the time of booking their trip and no later than 72 hours prior to departure.Official ESTA Application Website
An ESTA will be valid for two years unless you renew your passport, it is linked to your passport so if that has changed you will need to apply again. Also, if you have a trip booked after your ESTA expires you can apply for a new one before the expiry date.
Surprisingly as well as the official website there are numerous sites who will offer to complete your application for you, for a fee of course. The application fee is just $14 so please use the official US CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/application
If you are unsure or have any questions you can email the US CBP and they will respond, though it may take a while during busy periods.
Don’t worry – most people find this a nerve wracking part of the holiday booking, particularly when you have to wait for the application to be processed! And although it is not necessary, and we have never had to show it, you can print off a copy to be extra safe.
2. Travel Insurance
Important for cancellation and delays and also health cover
3. Passport Expiry
Now only needs to be valid for the length of your stay
4. What you can take in carry on and checked luggage
CBP website is fantastic for searching what is and isn’t allowed
eg: Light Saber