Today I’m going to give you some of my tips for planning a Walt Disney World vacation! I’ve planned three of them in the last 5 years and I’m currently planning my next one! Some people like to just go with the flow on their trips, but not me. Especially at Disney World, I like to have about every aspect of my vacation planned out. The way we do it, you almost have to! So here you go! Here are my tips for planning your Disney trip!!
- Have a budget in mind when it comes to your resort. There are levels: Value, Moderate and Deluxe. The names are self explanatory. If you are wanting to not spend a lot of money, value is the way to go. If you have the money and you want more amenities, deluxe is where you want to be. And I would definitely recommend staying on site. There are many pros to staying at a Disney World Resort as opposed to staying offsite, like Magic Bands and Extra Magic Hours.
- Do your research on the resorts to see which one will accommodate your family better. Pinterest is my best friend when I need to look for something Disney related. Some resorts are more family friendly than others. Some are in walking distance to certain parks.
- If possible, figure out which park you will visit each day, especially if you don’t take advantage of the park hopper option. Once you do that, plan your dining and rides based on the park you’ll be visiting. That way, you won’t be running everywhere on site just to make reservations.
- In speaking of reservations, make your dining reservations in advance. You can start making your dining reservations if you are staying on site at the 180 day mark for your trip. I would also consider getting a dining plan. I feel like it takes a lot of the guess work out of paying for the meals. We usually get the Deluxe dining plan, but that is a lot of food. Most people could probably get away with getting the normal dining plan, especially if they don’t plan on eating at a lot of signature restaurants.
- If you stay on site, you can make fast pass selections starting at 60 days before your trip. You initially get three selections at one park and once you use them, you can add one at a time as you use them. Some rides, you must fast pass if you don’t want a huge wait. The Frozen ride in Epcot and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are two that you definitely need to get fast passes for to avoid waits over two hours at times.
- Consider getting the park hopper option added to your tickets. We use this all the time! For example, this past trip, we spent maybe an hour in Hollywood Studios and then left and went back to Magic Kingdom. No separate ticket, just used the park hopper option and went back. We could have gone to every park if we wanted to in one day (some people try that!). Park Hopper saved us this time around, since Maddie enjoyed Magic Kingdom so much. We spent a little time there about every day.
- Consider adding the Memory Maker to your tickets as well. I carried my camera too, but it’s nice to be able to have someone else take pictures of us as a family and not just two of us at a time. And they have nice cameras and can add little things to your picture. And seriously, those people are EVERYWHERE. You won’t have trouble finding them. They’ll take your pic, scan your magic band, and it’ll link to your account. It’s wonderful!
- Budget your money for souvenirs! We saved money through various means throughout the year and then used what we saved for souvenirs, tips at restaurants and gas money for the drive. Never worried once about having money or having to use a credit card.
- Relax and enjoy your family. Don’t get upset if you miss a reservation or a fast pass. Just spend time with your family and enjoy! It’s the most magical place on earth! And you’ll be making so many memories on your trip! I can’t wait to go back this fall and make more memories with Kenneth and Maddie!
Any questions about anything I covered??? Any questions about something I missed??? Comment or email me and I’ll answer your questions!!