Chapter 1: First Things First

First Things First:


There are a few things that need to be figured out before you start looking at Disney deals, discounts, and specials.  Let’s go through these.



As much as we want to go when the crowds are the lowest and the specials the best, it never works that well does it?

Here is a crowd chart courtesy of WDW Prep School.

As easy as this might be to answer, nothing can affect your vacation more.  Your timing will affect prices, ease of the vacation, restaurant reservations, and more!

These are some less know events that can affect crowds, and your experience courtesy of!




You now have a good idea of when you can, or want to head over to Orlando but aren’t quite sure of how long.  This largely depends on what you want to do while you are there.  Let’s go over a few of the main offerings at Walt Disney World.

  • Walt Disney World (WDW) consists of 4 major theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom)
  • Disney Springs (shopping and dining district)
  • Over 20 differently themed resorts
  • 5 Golf Courses
  • Lakes for boating and fishing
  • DisneyQuest (Virtual Theme Park)
  • 2 Water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon)


Here’s a chart to show you how long you should expect to dedicate to each park:


how many days magic kingdom




For a first time visit, I would head to Orlando for a week and then plan specifics from the guide as you read on.  I will include a free Day by Day Planning page at the end for an easy way to organize.


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