How to Plan a Disney Vacation in Just Six Steps

Are you unsure about how to plan a Disney vacation? We get it—there’s a lot to think about, so the process can seem overwhelming at first. Thankfully, we’re here to help! In six simple steps, you can organize a trip you and your family will always remember.


Step One: Keep Things Organized

As you’re planning your vacation to Disney, you’ll need to keep everything organized. Dedicate a folder, notebook, and pen specifically for your trip. This way, you can jot down preliminary ideas in the notebook and stick copies of confirmation numbers, reservations, and other pertinent documents in the folder. You can always also bring your folder and notebook on your trip; if family members ask about each day’s plans, they can reference these resources.


Step Two: Plan Your Time at The Resort

It’s apparent that when planning any Disney vacation, you have to start months in advance. If you fail to plan, the more popular attractions may book up quickly!

First, you’ll need to decide when you want to go. Keep in mind that the parks will be busiest around holidays and over the summer. Many people recommend using a crowd calendar to determine the best dates to visit Disney World.

Once you choose a time, you’ll want to book your tickets to the Disney parks. There are four themed parks—Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Magic Kingdom—as well as two water parks—Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Each park has its own special events and rides, so be sure to look into what’ll be happening at each park during your stay.

An often-overlooked part of the planning process is dining reservations. There are dozens of restaurants throughout Disney’s parks, so making these in advance will save you time. Plus, you’ll be able to eat at some of the most enchanting spots at the resort stress-free.


Step Three: Book Your Flights

Be sure to take a look at flights early on; of course, compare pricing, then buy your tickets. If you purchase them roughly four to six months in advance, you’ll save yourself money and future headaches down the road.


Step Four: Select A Hotel

For some vacations, you won’t necessarily have to worry about the hotel you select; however when it comes to Disney, your selection matters. There are a variety of on-site and off-site options, and all of them differ from one another. While you’re sure to save money by lodging outside of the resort, Disney-owned resorts provide free, convenient transportation to their guests. There are perks and disadvantages to both on-site and off-site lodging—weigh your options, and choose whichever resort works best for your family and your itinerary.


Step Five: Pack Your Bags

Now that you’ve completed the planning process, it’s time to pack your bags. Be sure to pack weather-appropriate clothing, as it’s generally hot and humid in Orlando. This means tank tops, T-shirts, shorts, and even a rain poncho. Also, don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes. The parks are huge, so you’ll be doing plenty of walking.


Step Six: Enjoy!

Truthfully, the most important advice we can give you is to plan and execute according to whatever makes sense for you and your family. There is no “wrong” way to plan a Disney vacation—enjoy yourselves, and if you need assistance when you arrive, Disney employees will already be there waiting to help you!

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