We are at Disney World this week! To celebrate our vacation we're talking all things Disney planning this week. For me, part of the fun of a vacation is in the planning and dreaming. And a Disney World vacation is one of those things that does require some pre-planning - especially since the introduction of the new Fastpass+ system.
This is our 3rd trip to the most magical place on earth so I've gained a bit of experience in the planning department. This week I'm going to walk you through the steps I take to plan our vacation.
Now, one word of warning. I am a planner. I like charts and spreadsheets. If those want to make you tear your hair out you might want to skip this series!
Disney World is not a cheap vacation but we're pretty frugal, so part of the planning involves saving money when we can. A trip to Disney is no exception! It is possible to save money and still have a fabulous vacation. The resources below will help you find the best deal for your family.
Favorite resources for planning a Disney World vacation
Before we jump right into the planning, I want to share some of my favorite Disney World tools, websites, and resources. These are my go-to tools when I am in the middle of budgeting and discussing (another!) trip with my husband.
There are a few affiliate links in this post!
Books that are great to have:
- Passporter's Walt Disney World 2014 (I love the envelopes for keeping myself organized)
- The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World visit 2014 (if you only buy one book - let it be this one!)
If you're a first timer I highly recommend The easy Guide - it's perfect for those who have never planned a day in the parks and aren't sure how to do it. The authors have really created a great resource that will help you plan your perfect trip.
Planning the day-to-day adventures:
My Disney Experience (you'll want to get your account set up - you can book everything from here!)
easy WDW (THE place to bookmark for all things planning!)
easy WDW forums (an extension of the website - great place to talk with others planning Disney World vacations)
Walt Disney World Entertainment (great resources for planning character meets & shows)
Kenny the Pirate (good place to go to check out character meet & greets)
OLP WDW Transportation Wizard (perfect tool for figuring out how to get around the World)
All Ears (lots of Disney information, great for looking at all the menus and pictures of accommodations)
Other helpful websites:
WDW Info (lots of great resources, maps, planning tools)
DISboards (an extension of WDW Info, not my favorite resource for planning but a fun place to hang out)
Mouse Savers (Disney deals - this is the place to find 'em!)
Garden Grocer (get your food delivered! I like to order breakfast items and we eat on the way to the parks in the morning)
The websites and books listed above are my favorite tools for planning a perfect Disney World vacation. I can plan the best time to visit, find deals and sales, and map out our vacation touring strategy. With these tools, you can't go wrong.
Travel Binder Printables
Taking a family trip?
Keep your kids happy while you travel with a few fun activities!
Print these pages, slide them into page protectors and put them in a binder. Include a few dry-erase markers and you have a great surprise for your kids on travel day.