Seven tips to help you plan a magical Disney Vacation without being overwhelmed and stressed!

Cinderella Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom

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Planning a trip to Disney World is definitely overwhelming. When you are spending your hard earned money on a family vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth, you want to make sure that everything is perfect. Trust me, I’ve been there.

 

Even with the many times that I have planned my family’s vacations, it seems like there is always something new learn and try.

 

A bunch of Mickey Mouse balloons at Disney World

 

With all that goes into planning an epic Disney World Vacation, I thought I would try to help the overwhelmed with these 7 Disney World Planning Tips.

 

Also, make sure you check out my Disney videos on YouTube to help you with your planning and get you excited for your magical trip to Walt Disney World!

 

Tip #1 When to Go to Disney World

 

My first planning tip for you is to decide when is the best time for you and your family to visit Walt Disney World. The answer to this will probably be different for each individual.

 

Entrance to Toy Story Land at Disney World

 

For my family, we like to visit in May, for many reasons. My kids are usually done with their school testing, the weather is good in Orlando, it’s not too hot yet and the crowds are lighter than in the summer. May works for us. But, it obviously doesn’t work for everyone.

 

 

You will have to determine if you want to pull your kids out of school, when you will have time off of work, what time of year has the best hotel/flight prices, etc.

 

Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Wreath at Disney World

 

You’ll also want to think about if you want to visit Disney World during a holiday. For example, going during Halloween and Christmas are very magical times at the Parks.

 

 

Tip #2 Where to Stay

 

The second of my Disney World Planning Tips is going to be different for each individual as well.

 

The first thing to consider is if you want to stay in a Disney World Resort Hotel or stay off property.

 

Disney's Contemporary Resort

 

Both options have their pros and cons, you’ll just have to decide what your family’s needs and priorities are.

 

I love to stay on property because of all of the perks. When staying at a Disney hotel, you are entitled to free transportation around the resort.

 

The monorail, busses, and boats are all available free of charge, to get you where you need to go. If you drive, parking at the parks is included.

 

Disney's Magical Express

 

Not only do you get free transportation around Walt Disney World, but you get to ride The Magic Express, which takes you to and from Orlando International Airport!

 

 

On the other hand, you can often find off-property hotels with bigger rooms that are less expensive.

 

Homewood Suites Orlando Theme Parks

 

If you’ll be spending your time at other theme parks or the beach, the perks of staying on-property might not be as valuable to you.

 

 

Tip #3 Travel

 

My next tip is to figure out how you’ll get to Walt Disney World. Fly or Drive? That is always the question when traveling.

 

JetBlue airplane on a tarmack

 

For this decision, you’ll have to factor in time and cost. Most of the time, depending on where you live, it is cheaper to drive. But you should also consider the time it takes to drive, hotel costs if you need to stop on your way, and the cost of food.

 

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After our last vacation to Disney World, we decided to get a credit card offered by the airline that we fly on the most.

 

We have now earned enough points that our on our next trip, our entire family will fly for free! This method is only recommended for those who are very disciplined with their finances.

 

Tip #4 What type of Ticket

 

Tip number four is to determine what type of ticket you will purchase for your family. There are many options when it comes to Disney World tickets.

 

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

 

There are 1-day tickets, multi-day tickets, Park Hopper tickets, Park Hopper Water Park & More tickets, special event tickets, and more.

 

The type of ticket you decide to purchase for your family will depend on you.

 

A boy scanning a magic band at Disney World

 

When it was just my husband and I traveling, we would purchase the Park Hopper Water Park & More ticket. Now that we have three kids under 10, we usually purchase the one park a day tickets and take a day or two off in between park days.

 

But, when my kids are a little older, park hopping will be a little more practical for us. It all depends on you and your situation.

 

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Tip #5 What to Eat

 

My fifth Disney World Planning Tip is to decide what to eat at Disney World.

 

If you’ve ever been to Disney World, you know that half of the fun is the food. If you haven’t been to Disney World, I’m here to tell you that Disney World food is AMAZING!

 

Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich from Sleepy Hollow at Disney World

 

There are so many delicious snacks, quick service locations and table service restaurants to choose from. 

 

Disney World also has many Character Dining experiences that people of all ages will enjoy. You can read all about The Best Disney World Character Meals here.

 

Kids with Piglet at Crystal Palace Character Dinner at Disney World

 

When planning your trip to Disney World, you are able to make Advance Dining Reservations six months before your vacation.

 

For popular restaurants, you’ll want to take advantage of this. Locations like Be Our Guest Restaurant at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, reservations fill up fast.

 

Entrance to Be Our Guest Restaurant at Disney World

 

I have some tips and tricks to help you land a hard to get reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant here

 

The Disney Dining Plan is one of the things that we splurge on when we visit WDW. Read all about why I love it here.

 

Disney Parks are great because you can bring your own food with you. You are not allowed to bring a hard cooler into the parks, but snacks and smaller food items are allowed.

 

Kids eating Cake Pops at Disney World

 

I like to use Amazon to order fruit snacks, diapers, etc. when we visit Disney World. I wrote a post about how I use Amazon to save money at Disney World here.

 

I also like to use grocery delivery services to get fresh food delivered to our hotel on our first day. I use the Walmart Grocery App to order snacks, breakfast items, and water bottles and it has worked out great!

 

Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Disney World

 

Tip #6 Disney FASTPASS+ Service

 

Tip number six of my Disney World Planning Tips is to make sure you take advantage of Disney’s FASTPASS+ Service. It is available to every guest, free of charge, and definitely helps you to save some time.

 

Test Track entrance at Disney World

 

If you are staying at a Disney World Resort hotel, you are able to book your FASTPASS+ reservations 60 days before your vacation and 30 days before, for those staying off-property.

 

Each park has rides that are eligible for this service, so make sure that you check out the rides your family wants to go on and book yours as soon as you can.

 

Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom

 

Tip #7 Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

 

My seventh tip is to book your vacation through an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Using a travel agent to help you plan your trip won’t cost you anything, but will greatly benefit you.

 

Your Vacation Planner is there to watch for specials and deals for you and they will also make dining and FASTPASS+ reservations for you. Read all about why I recommend using a travel agent here.

 

Disney World Monorail
Disney World Monorail

 

I like to use Get Away Today to help me plan my Disney World vacations. Not only do they have amazing customer service, they often have specials and deals on Disney Tickets.

 

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I hope these tips for planning a Disney World Vacation have been helpful to you and that you have a great time when you visit.

 

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