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.