How to Plan a Trip to Disney World

Disney World Trip Planning Tips

Have you ever wanted to plan that magical vacation? Disney World is one of the best luxury vacations for the whole family but many people might have trouble planning it. After all, there are so many things to do there that you might not know where to begin. There are four separate parks to visit, options of staying at one of their many resorts or staying off-site, which resort to choose, dining packages, what you should take with you, and an almost endless list of other needs and necessities. It can be as time-consuming as planning a trip overseas.

When it comes to planning a trip to Disney World, the best thing to do is take it one option at a time. Start planning the trip several months in advance to make sure you have plenty of time to cover everything. Think of how long you are going to be gone, making sure you include travel time in with your stay at the park. This is especially important if you are driving. So how do you plan the trip? There are some basic things to consider.

Agent or Do It Yourself

You can go to the official website for Walt Disney World and look up all the features of the park such as what to do and where to stay. Try to map out all the activities that you would like to do and figure out how long you will be staying. Each of its separate parks is extensive and you can easily spend a full day at just one park. Don’t try to cram a lot in during a short visit. If you are just there for a day or two, choose only one or two parks to visit. You will enjoy the experience a lot more.

Now comes the booking of the trip. You can do it through the website yourself and fill out all of the information. There is a lot to fill out so it could take a while. If you prefer, you can always use a travel agent. It is much simpler than doing it yourself because the agent takes care of all the necessary preparations. All you do is tell the agent what you want. They arrange lodging, meals, figure expenses, and take care of any other problems that may come up.

Where to Stay at Disney World

Where to stay at Disney World is very important and can make the difference in just how much you enjoy the trip. Thousands of people elect to stay on–site at one of Disney’s many resorts. Each resort has a different theme and a different price range. There is everything from affordable economy lodging to the luxury of the Grand Floridian. Staying at Disney World is definitely more convenient and adds to the experience. There are shuttles that take you to all the different parks so travel is no problem. The big drawback to staying on-site is cost. The resorts, even the economy ones, aren’t cheap. You can easily stay off-site at a nice hotel for half the price or better. But you will then have to drive to the park from the hotel and ,iss out on that added experience.

How to Get To Disney World

So now you know where you are going to be staying. But how to get there. Unless you just happen to live right next door to the park, you are going to have to travel to Disney World. This is going to depend entirely on where you live and how far you are from Disney World. Your options are either to fly or to drive.

If you live in Seattle, you will probably want to fly to Disney World. You can be there in a few hours time. Flying is the quickest way for anyone who lives far away from the park. But if you are going to fly, be sure to reserve your tickets as soon as possible, preferably months in advance. The sooner you book your flight, the cheaper the tickets.

Driving is another option if you live just a few hours away or you just like driving and seeing the country. Costs for driving may be cheaper than flying but generally takes longer if you are far away.

When Is The Best Time To Go To Disney World?

Summer is usually when the kids are out of school and most families take a vacation. It is also the hottest time of the year in Florida and the busiest time of the year for Disney World. The crowds can get pretty big which makes for long lines when waiting to get on a ride.

Fall and winter are good times to go because the weather is milder and the crowds are generally smaller. Many families end up spending Christmas and the holidays at Disney World. Even with the larger crowds during these times, it is better than standing shoulder to shoulder and sweating in the sun.


Disney World can definitely be a trip of a lifetime but it can also be terribly expensive. Even if you stay for just a couple of days in one of their economy lodges, it could easily run you, for lodging and park tickets alone, between $1,400 to $1,600 for a family of four and that is on the cheap end. Most families end up spending between $2,000 to $ 3,000 for tickets and lodging. Then you have the cost of meals on top of that. Most packages come with a meal plan but that only covers about one meal a day. Then you can add the cost of travel, either airfare or gas and lodging, to the bill. Altogether, a family of four can expect to pay anywhere from $4,000 and up for a trip to Disney World. So when you are planning your trip, try to consider what you can afford and do not go overboard, even for a magical experience.

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