I love making vacation plans for Walt Disney World! With so many great Disney tips available, the planning is truly and joy and just makes the anticipation that much greater. If you know anything about me, you know that Walt Disney World is one of my favorite places in the world. It all stems back to my childhood ~ I’m a lifelong fan of the brand and was blessed to serve as a College Program Intern at the Universe of Energy in Epcot Center. So that’s just carried forward and fortunately I’ve been able to share that magic with my family over the last few years. Along the way I’ve learned a few Disney tips that are widely available and I’m always adding new finds to our Disney Pinterest Board. If you are in the very first planning stage for your trip to Walt Disney World, here are the things that I think are most important to focus on first.
Order a Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD.
Visit the Disney Parks Website where you can easily request your free copy and spend some time there learning. The vacation plans DVD is a great treat for your family to have because you can watch it at home and get excited as you are getting ready for the trip. But it also gives you some vacation planning tips straight from the source. After all, why wouldn’t you want to go to the one who knows the most? Disney themselves.
Research vacation packages, hotel options, and ticket prices.
While you are on the website, look for vacation packages and seasonal specials that could make the difference in deciding when to visit. Research the different hotel packages and learn a little bit about the resort and properties that are available. They come in a wide range of price points to fit in most any budget and make sure to check out the different theme park packages and prices because that is really going to matter when you add it all up.
Set a budget.
This is the most important thing you can do when making vacation plans. There is truly something for anyone in every price range and you need to make the choice that is best for your family. It can be very easy to get super excited and add it all in but take a step back and make sure that the choices that you make are expenses your family will enjoy and meet your budget guidelines. Your research will give you a good gauge for trip expenses and enable you to determine what amount is best for you and our GO MOM!® Organized Expenses worksheet can help you map it out.
Research Disney’s special events calendar.
Before you pick that important date, check the Disney Special Events Calendar. This is where you will find out all the amazing things that are happening all year long. Think seasonal events Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ~ both of which worth every effort to get there during those special times of year. There are also things happening like the Flower and Garden Festival in the Spring or the Food and Wine Festival in the fall, both of which are so very Epcot centric. Thanks to Limited Time Magic there will be something special happening every week all year long from a Valentine Themed week to a 4th of July Patriots Week. You’ll be amazed at what there is and that might have an impact on which dates you choose.
Check your personal planner and create a travel planner.
Your planner is where it all truly begins here at GO MOM!®. There are two things I do when I’m planning a trip. First I make sure to have my family planner handy to tell me all of the key dates that are blocked out for work, school holidays we might maximize, and that helps us know how to budget our vacation so that when we do make that very special once in a lifetime trip we have more than enough time to enjoy it without the rush. The other thing you can do is to make a travel planner. Our GO MOM!® DIY Planner is full of worksheets designed to help you from planning and vacation week calendar, to Organized Travel Packing and Task Lists ~ everything you need to have the trip of a lifetime.
So this is really the beginning stages of planning your vacation to Walt Disney World. Tell me…
Where do you start when you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World?
Look for our next Disney Tips post soon about fine tuning your vacation plans once you’ve decided on the when and where. In the mean time, you might also love our Disney Vacation Planning Tips You Tube Playlist full of ideas for how to pack your family suitcase to how NOT to lose your ticket while at Walt Disney World. Oh yes…I absolutely did =)
Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!