The Secret to a Stress Free Disney World Vacation Planning


Planning your Walt Disney World vacation to fit your needs can be so much fun! Part of the anticipation process is all the planning that goes into it.  Even if you are a frequent visitor, like many of us here at Chip & Co, planning is still a must!  Getting a subscription to Touring Plans, finding an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, and reading up on the latest Disney news can all be very helpful. Anyway, let’s talk about planning your Disney trip to make it stress free when you arrive.

On or Off Walt Disney World Property.  While there are MANY locations that will fit your accommodation needs in the Lake Buena Vista area, you can’t go wrong with staying on Disney property.  The transportation to the parks, as well as the tiered resorts to fit ANY budget make it a no brainer.  Plus, if you are visiting Universal Studios, you can opt for a Park to Park ticket.  This means that you can get a shuttle from your Disney resort to Universal Studios and back again, making it convenient to visit both the Disney and Universal parks without having to switch hotels.  Not to mention, the Disney customer service, decor, and magic that is present in each and every Disney resort REALLY makes it worth staying on Disney property.

Value, Moderate, or Deluxe.  That is a tough decision to make….as there are perks about all the levels of resorts!  One way to decide is obviously your family’s budget.  Another factor is the number of people you are traveling with.  All tiers of resorts offer options for families of five.  And, it can be a great idea to get adjoining rooms at any of the resorts.  Did you know, that if the number of children traveling in your party outweighs the number of adults, you are GUARANTEED a connecting room?  Sweet!  That means more space for your family, and TWO bathrooms!

Booking Your Vacation.  Using a travel agent, especially one that specializes in Disney, is a good idea.   In fact, it took me FIVE visits to Walt Disney World to finally turn it over to a travel agent.  And, I’m SO glad I did!  Do a little research for yourself, so when  you get in touch with an agent, you have an idea of what type of resort or which specific resort you want.  Disney puts out special offers all throughout the year, but it’s a good idea to nail down your dates and get your $200 deposit paid.  If new offers come out, your agent can apply them for you, saving you money.  Also, with your dates nailed down, you can start making Dining Reservations.  If you choose to book yourself through the Walt Disney World site, allow some time to read up reviews on the resorts and check their latest refurbishments.  These can be easy determining factors for if the resort is right for you.

Park Days or ADRs first?  This is a toss up for me.  If we REALLY want to eat at Akerhaus, then I check the times available for our dates and snag an ADR for it.  Since I enjoy a pre RD reservation, I will look for times that are early for breakfast, and then decide which park to visit that day.  If I can only get an 8:00 at Crystal Palace on the Wednesday of our trip, then that’s the day we are going to Magic Kingdom.  This is where Park Hopper tickets can come in handy, too.

Make a List of MUST DO Attractions.  Ask everyone you are traveling with what their “MUST DO” restaurant, attraction, or show is.  This will help you narrow down your park days, and then decide from there your touring plan of the individual parks.

Wow!  That’s a lot to think about, isn’t it?!  We are always more than happy to help you answer questions to figure out the best planning for your trip to Walt Disney World!

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