As you know we paid cash for our upcoming Disney Vacation. Planning a trip to Disney World is not something to take lightly. If you want to make the most of your time at Disney it is important to plan.
Tips for Planning Your Disney Vacation:
Deciding when to go to Disney is your first step. We made the decision to go during May because it is a lower crowd season and not as hot as June/July/August. Though May is not cool by any means it is not as intense as the summer. We found a code to use which also made our decision to go in May easier. I suggest looking for discount codes and special offers when planning. One tip is to search on the disboards.
Decide if you are staying on property of not. It is much less expensive to stay off property however we prefer to stay on property. We enjoy the benefits of Extra Magic Hours and the convenience. We also always chose to get the Dining Plan. You can not get it if you don't stay on property. We like to go to several Character Meals and by choosing the Disney Dining Plan there is no stress in how much those meals cost.
Next decide if you are driving or flying. Because of the increasing gas prices we made the decision to fly. Also transportation to/from the airport is included as well as transportation within Disney from parks/hotels/Downtown Disney etc. If you decide to fly be sure to check out these tips for saving money on air travel.
Be sure to pack snacks or ship them to your hotel (if you are flying). We place an order for drinks/snacks from Staples to arrive the day or two around our arrival. Please be sure not to ship too far in advance though. Another idea if you are flying is to use the Garden Grocer.
I suggest making a room request when booking your trip. Do your research on room locations, again I suggest the Disboards after you select the resort you want to stay in. Things to consider are if you want a garden view/pool view, if you want to be near an elevator or what floor you want to be on.
Finally you want to map out your days. Decide if you are doing 1 park per day OR if you are getting a park hopper. Because our son is only six we know that we won't get our money out of a park hopper. We chose 1 park a day with a base ticket plan. By choosing this option you have to plan more because if you have the dining plan you will want to make advanced reservations and you will need to know what parks you are going to each day. In addition you will want to plan around Extra Magic Hours to take advantage of those too!
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