How to Plan the Perfect Disney World Vacation
I’m a firm believer that everyone should get to go to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida at least once in their lives. It didn’t earn the title of “most popular vacation destination” for nothing, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
Of course there are theme parks and thrill rides, fairy tales and Disney characters. But you’ll also find Championship golf courses, world-class restaurants and relaxing spas.
If you have decided that it’s finally time to take your loved ones on that vacation of a lifetime then here are some things you need to know to help you plan the perfect Disney World vacation.
1. The best time to go to Disney
The first thing you need to think about is the best time to visit Disney World. There are good points and bad points about pretty much every month of the year. From crowd levels and temperatures to special events, there are many things that you need to consider. Click here to find out the best time to go to Disney for you and your family.
2. Whether to stay in a Disney World hotel or not
Once you’ve decided when to go to Disney World you need to think about where to stay. There are Disney World hotels to suit all budgets from the Value Resorts like the All Star Sports Resort, through to the Moderates like Port Orleans Riverside and then the Deluxe Resorts like the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the flagship Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
Staying in a hotel onsite has many benefits including free Disney transportation to the themeparks and extra Disney magic.
But there are times when it might be better for your family to stay in the local area. If your party is large then you might prefer to rent a private house with the luxury of a kitchen and your own swimming pool.
3. How long to stay for
The amount of time you can spend on your vacation will depend on your budget and the amount of vacation leave you are allowed to take. It really doesn’t matter whether you are planning a weekend trip or whether you are lucky enough to stay for two or three weeks, you will always find something to do. You just need to avoid making the mistake of trying to see more than you have time for!
4. How to save money on Disney World tickets
If you plan to visit the themeparks then you will need to buy tickets. The ticket options are endless from one day passes to multi-park hopper passes. You can add on water parks and extra days, and make sure they don’t expire… It can all get really confusing which is why I include a section on how to choose the right tickets, and how to save money safely in my book Disney World: Beat the Crowds.
5. Where to eat
As I said, Disney World has many world-class restaurants and if you want to eat in any of them then you need to make reservations in advance.
180 days in advance to be precise.
Yes, you read that right, to secure the restaurants and the dining times you will need to get your planning completed and book those Disney dining reservations 6 months ahead of your trip.
If you do want to test out as many restaurants as possible then you should consider adding the Disney Dining Plan to your package, paying for your food in advance can save you lots of money.
6. How to beat the crowds in the themeparks
Do you know the one thing that puts a dampener on my Disney vacations? Watching people standing in long lines looking tired and grumpy.
We don’t suffer that fate ourselves, in fact my husband and I very rarely spend longer than 20-25 minutes in lines. Over the years we’ve mastered the art of enjoying more attractions in one morning than most people dream of experiencing in a day. You just need to know a few tips and secrets, and luckily for you those too are in book Disney World: Beat the Crowds.
7. How to ensure you get the best deal on your Disney World vacation
Once you’ve decided when to go to Disney, where to stay, how long to stay for and where to eat you then need to think about how to book! You have a number of options. You can book your vacation yourself by searching for the best deals on the Internet. You can book direct with Disney themselves. Or you can use a Disney World vacation planner. The benefit of using a planner is that they not only help you design the perfect Disney World vacation for you and your family but they will also keep an eye out for any deals that come up even after you’ve booked and apply them to your reservation! Click here to get in touch with the Whimsical World Travel Concierge Team who are ready and waiting to help you plan your vacation.
A Disney World vacation isn’t like a trip to the beach.
Even when you know how to save money to make your vacation more affordable you will still have to pay for hotels and themepark tickets and food and souvenirs.
Don’t save long and hard to take your family to Disney World and then have an awful time standing in long lines and trying to find a restaurant that can fit you in.
A little bit of planning goes a very long way and I hope that you will find the information you need here at Operation Pixie Dust to make sure that your family has the most amazing Once in a Lifetime Disney World vacation that you all want to go back and do it again next year!