Planning Your Magical Disney World Vacation
Planning Your Magical Disney World Vacation
Walt Disney World is considered by many to be one of the most magical vacation destinations in the world. With numerous parks, resorts, professional level golf courses, Magical recreational activities, and the best customer service, Disney World can be the ultimate vacation destination. However, due to the scale and variety of options, planning can also be a very confusing and overwhelming process which takes up a lot of your time and energy. While there will always be a certain level of research involved, there is a guided process to help make planning a magical vacation a little easier and fun.
To begin planning your Disney World vacation, you need to determine your requirements and parameters for your trip first. The starting point for this should be your budget. Try and be realistic with what you can actually afford to spend on your vacation. Disney World is not a cheap vacation destination but there are a lot of different options to explore to improve the affordability. With your budget set, you need to determine when you can make the journey. Try and come up with time windows and not specific dates like spring time or early March through late April along with the minimum and maximum length for your visit.
Since Disney’s prices
Since Disney’s prices vary based off the time of year, this will give you some flexibility later when deciding on a package. Another factor you need to determine is who is going and their ages. With family and group visits becoming more common, this can have an impact on what resort options are available along with possible additional charges and dining difficulties. Finally take an inventory on what your priorities are and rank them in order. A priority list could be a simple as this:
- Stay at the Animal Kingdom
- Visit the Magic Kingdom
- Dine at 50’s Prime Time Cafe
The goal is simply to identify your priories for the trip so you can identify the things that are the most important to everyone. With this list in hand, draw a line after the last deal breaker for your trip. A deal breaker would be something that you absolutely must have or do to make the trip worthwhile. Now you have all your requirements to get started with your planning.
Having all your requirements in hand, you can start considering your reservation/vacation package. The first thing to go check for is any promotions that are available during your desired travel windows. Disney tends to provide a lot of great offers throughout the year like free dining plans, room discounts, extra days, and more. Promotions typically have availability windows for when you can arrive and still receive the promotion. This is why it is always good to review these before picking specific dates. It is also a good idea to keep an eye on the promotions after you make your reservation because you can always adjust your travel dates or change them on your existing reservations.
potential travel windows
With the amount of time you have to spend in mind along with potential travel windows, you can start selecting your preferred resort. Disney World has an extensive selection of resort options available to choose from ranging from value to deluxe resorts and villas, campgrounds, cabins, and several Good Neighbor hotels to choose from. While non-Disney resorts, like the Good Neighbor hotels, are generally cheaper, Disney’s resorts provide several additional benefits and are typically required to take advantage of several promotions. Resort prices vary a lot based off of the Disney season and the day of the week. This factor can have a huge impact in the cost of your vacation so it is always a good idea to check out the season dates on the Disney World website and the room prices and begin selecting the best dates for you.
Now that you know how long and where you are staying, you can decide on your ticket packages. Again you need to review you and consider the length of your visit when selecting your tickets. If one of your mandatory is to visit all four parks but you are only staying 3 days, then you seriously need to consider adding the Park Hopper option to your tickets. Or maybe you want to Visit the water parks or some other outside the theme parks so you can add the Water Parks, Fun, and More option. Maybe your budget is getting tight and you would rather just stick with the base tickets. Again you need to review all your and budget.
planning to stay
At this point, if you are planning to stay at a Disney resort, you may want to consider the dining plan which provides you Magical with credits to eat at the extensive dining. Try and review various dining choices and menus before deciding since you may be surprised by the prices at the parks. Most menus can be found on Disney Worlds website.