Is planning your Disney vacation overwhelming?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Planning a Disney vacation is busy and expensive. There are a lot of moving pieces involved in planning a Disney trip.
Which hotel should you book? Where should you eat? What order should you ride the rides to avoid long lines? How do you use Genie+, and what is a Lightning Lane?
These simple steps can help you plan a low-stress Disney World vacation.
You don’t have to do it all on your own. A travel agent that specializes in Disney is just a call away. Even if you’ve already started planning your trip, Jessica Lieb with ET Family Travel can help.
Pro Planning Tip: We recommend using Jessica Lieb with ET Family Travel to book your Disney vacation!
How to Plan Your Disney Trip
Choose Your Travel Dates
You may not have specific dates in mind, but choosing a time of year when you’d like to travel is a great place to start. Prices in Disney vary based on the time of year you visit. Check the Disney World website for special events that may overlap with your travel plans.
Set Your Budget
Again, you may not have a specific budget, but take a realistic look at your finances to set the maximum amount you feel comfortable spending. A price range will help you narrow down accommodations and the length of your trip.
Contact a Travel Agent
A travel agent will help you find and create a vacation that will fit your family. Find a travel agent specializing in Disney; their expertise and knowledge will be invaluable in planning your vacation.
Start A Mood Board
Disney World is huge, and you can’t possibly do it all in a week… or maybe ever. To have the best vacation, you must choose your must-dos for the trip.
If you have a little one who adores princesses and wants to eat inside Cinderella’s Castle, you should plan to spend more time in the Magic Kingdom. If you are a Star Wars fan, you will want to spend more time in Hollywood Studios.
Choose Your Resort
The accommodations you book have a significant impact on your entire vacation. Staying in an on-site Disney resort has perks you won’t find staying off-site. However, you can save considerable money if you stay off-site.
Also, there are over 25 Disney Resort hotels, so there is something for everyone.
Plan Your Dining
If you want to eat in Cinderella’s Castle or dine with Mickey Mouse, you have to plan in advance. Disney Dining Reservations can be hard to get so using a travel agent who knows all the tips and tricks will help you secure those hard-to-get reservations.
Add Other Reservations
Do you want to build a lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop or have your child get a makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique? You will need a reservation for these and other select activities.
Rank Rides and Shows
Seeing and doing everything on your Disney World vacation is impossible, so you must prioritize. Our family picked our Top 3 Must-Do’s in each park. We made it a priority to do those rides first, if possible. Then, we ranked the rest of the attractions. The lower on the list, the lower the priority.