Perfecting Your Disney World Vacation Planning
Nobody wants a vacation snafu, that’s why most families planning on vacationing in Florida and visiting Disney World spends countless hours looking up planning tips, ideas and reviews before putting their vacation plans in stone.
Make sure that the places on your priority list are attractions that you can enjoy for hours, even if a ride is temporarily closed.
What's on the Top of Your Priority List?
Start of with deciding what type of resort, hotel or villa you would like to stay in.
With over two-dozen options this is one of the larger decisions you will need to make.
If you plan to spend a bit of time at Epcot you may want to consider Boardwalk due to it’s close proximity to the park, with it’s own rear entrance, and ferry service.
There is no need to map out plans to head to a beach for the day if the rest of your group would prefer to check out Animal Kingdom and be nearby the parks during your stay.
Consider a comparable alternative if you want to enjoy some waves and sun in your swimwear.
Blizzard Beach is a great place to kick back in the wave pool or get your adrenaline pumping on a few water rides. Keep in mind that these parks also have showers, full service restaurants and cabanas. If you are in the Orlando/Disney World area it is very likely that your hotel is a lot closer to the water park than the beach.
Similarly if your party only wants to check out one ride at a specific park, move that park into your wait list.
Nothing is worse than dreading that you spent 40 minutes in line at a park for one ride to hear that it is closed for the afternoon.
The Most Bang For Your Buck
Every park and attraction in Central Florida is unique.
With Disney park tickets you get the opportunity to enjoy a restaurant reservation style system, Fast Pass+.
With Fast Pass+ you can select three attractions that you would like to ride on the day of your visit.
With queue times above 70 minutes on some rides and shows this is a great way to save time.
The system is free, all you need to do is link your ticket number with an account that you create on My Disney Experience and go create a schedule for your day.
After you have completed the three rides you can use the mobile app or Fast Pass+ kiosk to see if there are any other time slots available for other rides.
Can You Get it All Done?
This truly depends on two factors, the length of your stay and the pace of your schedule.
If you only have four days, you can whiz through as many parks as your feet will allow.
You may return home more tired and looking less refreshed than when you left though.
If this is your plan be sure to pack comfortable shoes and map out your park schedules to minimize chaos.
This is a vacation, a time to enjoy yourself and explore the World of Walt Disney.
An optimal time length would be a week long, giving you enough time to explore each of the four theme parks, the water parks and enjoy a bit of time using your accommodations’ amenities.
If you are traveling with small children or someone with mobility concerns you may want to invest in a wheelchair, scooter or stroller to help them enjoy the parks as well.
Strollers are perfect for children up to ages seven since they may get drained after four hours of walking and meeting Disney characters.
Pro-tip: Buy or borrow a low cost stroller that you can easily fold and gate check when you head down to Florida.
How Much & When?
To of the most important questions to ask yourself when you are planning your Disney vacation: How are you going to pay for this trip and when are you going to be there. Cost is a large factor in vacation planning.
Resort and hotels range from value to high-end.
You should be able to find something in your budget that will work with your goals whether it is a Disney or off-site property.
The second major cost that you will incur during your stay is due to park admissions, which went up recently.
Consider saving on costs by buying multi-day park hopper passes that will allow you into parks over a number of days.
As for travel dates it is always ideal to head down with children when they are out of school, but many other parents have that same plan in mind, especially during Spring Break.
Of season months, such as October and February will present you with shorter lines, slightly cooler weather and a more personal feel.
There are also special events and festivals that occur during the off-season.
While this isn’t going to work for everyone at the present time it may be something to consider for a future trip to Disney.
There are many other things you can add to the list of things to cover while planning for your Disney vacation, but once you have these basics covered you can start looking into dining options and other excursions you may have an interest in.
By Marie Ospina
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