Planning A Disney World Vacation

If you try to think about each detail of your trip, it can be very overwhelming. When I am planning, I always break it down into steps. It keeps me organized and less overwhelmed.

Basic Planning Steps

  • Decide on your travel dates
  • Choose the resort you would like to stay at
  • Create a general daily plan
  • Where would you like to dine
  • What fastpasses will you want to reserve
  • Will you attend any special events
  • Will you add any extra magical experiences

Deciding your travel dates will help springboard you into the rest of your planning. Guests base travel dates on many different things; school/work schedules, specific events/festivals they would like to attend, or even planning the dates around a special event in their lives. Budget may also come into play because the cost of hotels, airfare, and discounts offered vary throughout the year.

Choosing the right resort for your family can be tough. We choose our room based on how much time we will be spending in it for that trip, what our budget is, and what amenities we are looking to have for our time there. Resort categories differ in several ways. Room size, transportation, dining options, entertainment, recreation, and pool features are just a few of the options that vary between the resorts. Something else to consider – not many of the resorts have rooms that accommodate more than 4. Once you have 5 or more guests, you will have to look for a resort that has rooms that will accommodate your party or book two adjoining rooms.

Creating a basic daily plan will help you plan out the rest of your details. Once you know which park you will visit on which day, you can then look into dining options, fast passes, extra magical experiences, tours, & recreation. Park hours and entertainment/character times are usually posted about 6 months in advance. This will helpful when attempting to make a touring plan of the park.

Disney World has some excellent dining experiences. They have everything from buffets to signature dining. You can also dine with characters at locations throughout the resort. Reservations are recommended and you have a much better chance of getting one if you reserve 180 days in advance.

Fastpasses are available to reserve 60 days in advance. I recommend booking them then because they do go quickly! In Magic Kingdom, you can get a Fastpass for any 3 rides. In the other parks, there are “Tiers” and you cannot just get any 3 Fastpasses you want so it’s best to plan accordingly.

Disney World has several special events & festivals throughout the year. They are not offered year-round so check to see which are available during your time of travel. Many of them do require separate tickets. In addition to the Halloween & Christmas Parties, guests can now attend Disney After Hours at 3 of the parks. Typhoon Lagoon is also offering a special event – H2O Glow Night.


There are many experiences you can add to your trip to make it extra magical. Bibbity Bobbity Boutique & the Pirates League are just the beginning. There are wonderful tours being offered at each park, three locations for spa treatments, Dessert Parties, and more.

Happy Planning!

If you would like assistance with planning your trip, I would love to take away the stress and guestwork! Contact me for a quote and let’s turn your dreams into memories! Don’t forget to ask about the Minnie Box!


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