First 5 Things to do to Make Planning a Disney Vacation Simple

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First 5 Things to do to Make Planning a Disney Vacation Simple

 

Planning a Disney vacation can be insanely stressful.  You are not alone if you agree.   

On top of that, the internet has so much information out there that you can easily become overwhelmed. 

Where does one start?

Forget about all the tips and tricks you know about planning a Disney vacation.  Don’t worry about the fact that Disney is 47 square miles big.  Let’s get down to basics and give you the best head start ever.

 

#1 Request a Free Disney Vacation Planning DVD from the Walt Disney Company

Every year, Disney creates a set of planning videos that anyone can get for free.

Why?

These videos are so great. They show you everything you need to see that’s perfect at Disney World.

If you’re at all on the fence about going to Disney World, this video will give you the answers you need……To go.  And that’s why Disney has no problem giving them away like candy on Halloween.

Click here to request yours. FREE

 

 

#2  Organize

Decide on one place where you will keep all of your notes, budgets, plans, etc on Disney World.  

My organizational tool of choice, in almost all things I do, is Google Drive.  When I am planning any vacation, all I do is create a sheet on Google Drive and keep everything that pertains to that vacation in one place.

I like the drive because it is easy to use and accessible from anywhere.  iPhone, Andriod, home computer, work computer.  Anywhere.  And you can share documents with anyone you want.  

However, I also do like writing things down.  So maybe a notebook you have laying around or one from the dollar store is your thing.

The point is to find one place where you can keep everything Disney vacation oriented. This will help as you gather more and more information.  

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#3 Figure out the WWH.  

Before we start figuring out some of the logistics of your trip, remember that most things are not set and in stone and this is just something we do to give the vacation a little structure.  

The first W is the when.  When are you going to Disney World?  Accomplishing the dates will allow you to do so many things such as check lodging and flight prices, the average temperature in Orlando during that time, and more.

The second W is the what.  What do you want to do while you are there?  Again, this is super preliminary, you might not even know what you can do while at Disney World but just jot some stuff down.  

The H is how long.  By jotting down the what, you can now guestimate the how long.  Start by estimating a day for each activity with a rest day or two.  

 

#4 Go to Disney World’s website and put together your vacation to see how much money it will cost.

Beware. This is probably going to be a huge number. But go into this knowing this is just to help guide you on the financial side of your Disney vacation.

Take this a little further by creating three budgets. A value one, moderate, and deluxe (or bronze, silver, gold).

Spend some time looking at the resorts, the ticket options, etc.  

 

#5 Buy the BEST Disney World guide book

I’m a Disney World veteran, but I still get the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World every single year.  

This guide book is good for planners at all stages.  It breaks down Walt Disney World, every park, every ride, even the restaurants.  


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30 thoughts on “First 5 Things to do to Make Planning a Disney Vacation Simple

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    We go every year, so I have it down pat. I am the go-to person for all of my friends to help them plan their trips 🙂

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    It’s so cool to know that they have a DVD guide for people, especially those who are going there for the first time. Keeping things organized is definitely a must!

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    This is such an awesome guide for people who are planning to go on a Disney vacation! I think it’s really helpful to get that guide from Disney! Setting up a budget definitely helps when you’re planning for your family.

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    Great tips! Totally do your research on the resorts. You may find that staying at certain deluxe resorts are worth it…hello monorail!

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    If I’m ever able to either afford or get the chance to go to Disney, I’ll make sure to plan according to your tips. Thanks for sharing!

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    My parents just came back from Disney World, and they told us next time we go we need to do a much better job planning than they did. I’ll be sure to start with your tips!

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    We are going this spring and I have to say I am really overwhelmed. We went about 8 years ago last and it was so unplanned and we didn’t get to do a lot!

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    Love all these tips. I went last Christmas and could have used them. I will keep them in mind for the next trip we go on!

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    Going on a Disney vacation has always been one of my kids’ dreams.. Hope we can go soon!

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    Great tips! I live in central FL so we go to Disney often. Even living so close, it takes a good bit of planning if we are going for more than just a day trip.

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    I think by adding everything up ahead of time really helps me determine what is worth doing and what we should skip. THanks for sharing.

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    Living in California it’s been decades since we visited Disney World. But your tips are great for Disneyland as well. Thank you!

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    Disney is definitely a place you can’t just decide to go to on a whim, unless you live nearby. It really helps to have a plan, especially when it comes to budget. You want to enjoy your trip without worrying about your wallet.

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    Such great ideas here! Wish I read these before the first time we visited Disney. The park can be so huge and you don’t know if you are really using it to it’s full potential

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    These are all such great tips! I love Disney and I agree… organization is key!!!

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    We have not been to Disney in a few years but these tips are a great way to start if we go back. I love the idea of the wwh and checking out the website before you go.

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    I can’t wait to plan our first Disney trip! These are great tips and I will definitely put them to use!

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    Thanks for breaking this down. My husband and I want to visit Disney because we have never gone, but it has always been very intimidating to us.

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    Ha Ha Ha! Love the part where you warn them its going to be pretty expensive. So true, but worth it. I’m a huge Disney fan. Always enjoy all they do.

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    Excellent tips! We are visiting next weekend in California and are so excited. We visit very often but with a two year old daughter every trip brings new magic. She’s going to love Christmas there!!!

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      Take lots of pictures! Can’t wait to have kids of my own to experience that.

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