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How to Start Planning a Disney World Vacation


Disney World Trip Planning

Walt Disney World vacation planning can be very daunting task. So how do you start planning your Disney vacation? What Disney hotel do you stay at? Do you stay on-site or stay-off Disney property. How many days should you stay for?

These are so many questions that need to be answered when you initially start planning for a Disney vacation. Follow along for an outline of how you start planning your next Disney World vacation! 

Disney World planning

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When to Visit Disney World

The first question you need to answer is when to visit Walt Disney World. Some people are on a strict timeline based on school or work schedules and can only visit during spring break or holiday breaks.

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For people visiting Disney during spring break or holiday break, you will be visiting Disney at the busiest time. Because your Disney vacation will be during the busiest time periods, you will need to create a plan to make the most out of their Disney vacation.

You will want to plan ahead to secure the Park Passes, Dining Reservations and Fastpasses you want. 

If your schedule is more flexible, I would recommend visiting Disney at a less busy time of the year. As a rule of thumb, Disney is less busy when kids are in school.  I would plan based on this premise and crowd calendars. 

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There are lots of crowd calendars available online but generally good times to visit are early January, February, early March, May, September, early October, early November, and early December.

Personally, I think the best times to visit Disney are May and September. Both September and May have amazing weather, there are fun festivals at Epcot, and the crowd levels are low. 

Bonus Tip: Regardless of when you decide to visit, I always remember to bring a Collapsible, Reusable Water Bottle from Amazon. It’s convenient and it will end up saving you lots of money because everything at Disney is expensive! 

The first step to planning your Disney vacation is picking a time frame. 


How Long Should You Stay at Disney World?

The length of your Disney vacation should be dependent on what you want to accomplish. For example, a one day trip to the Magic Kingdom would require significantly less time than a trip to all four theme parks.

Each Disney theme park is unique and appeals to different families so I would recommend researching each Disney World park. Your Disney trip planning research will help you determine how long you want to visit.

Disney World vacation planning

The get the most out of your Walt Disney World vacation, I would recommend roughly 5 to 7 days!  A Disney vacation of this length allows you to visit all four Disney World parks and gives you time for Disney Springs or a Disney Resort pool day.  

If you want to do and see all of what Disney World has to offer, I would recommend a 7 day vacation or longer. There is so much to do and see it’s nearly impossible to see all of Disney World in one trip.

Regardless of how long you’re going to visit, take into consideration how much walking you do at Disney parks. In a typical Disney Park day, I usually walk about 22,000 steps. I always remember to bring my favorite pair of Adidas Sneakers from Amazon, they are cute and so comfortable! 


Where Should You Stay at Disney World? 

The final step to planning a Disney World vacation is choosing a Disney resort! 

Disney World has more than 25 hotels to fit every price range, location preference, and amenity options.

To decide on a resort, you will need to determine what location is most important to you and the price point you are comfortable with.  Our Disney World Resort Overview provides a great guide to all Disney World resorts! 

Disney's Contemporary Resort over looking Bay Lake
Photo credit: www.magicguides.com

Disney World has Disney value, moderate, and deluxe resorts to accommodate all your dreams.  The Disney Value resorts are loved by kids off all ages because of their elaborate theming and fun swimming pools. They are also loved by parents for the great price ranges.

The Disney Moderate resorts offer both great theming but other amenities like restaurants, elaborate pools, and more.

Disney’s Deluxe resorts offer the most luxurious experience and offer close proximity to the parks and all the amenities you could want! If your looking for a memorable Disney vacation, check out the Disney Deluxe resorts. If this doesn’t fit your budget, consider doing a split stay! 

Regardless of how you plan your Disney vacation, consider getting a LeSport Sac backpack for your next family vacation!  


Disney World Trip Planning 

When starting your Disney World vacation planning, make sure to consider when you should visit, how long you should stay, and where will you stay.

These questions will surely bring more questions and require additional research but these questions give you a jumping off point. Disney vacation planning is a daunting task but your Disney vacation will be even more magical because of it. 

Are you interested in Disney’s Value resorts? Check out our guide to Disney value resorts! 


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