The weather is turning warmer and with it, thoughts of planning a vacation start popping up! Our favorite place to vacation is Walt Disney World, but if you want the most stress-free Disney vacation, you actually need to do some planning.
If you’re thinking about planning a Disney World trip, here is all the information you need to make it the best trip ever!
Walt Disney World really is the Happiest Place on Earth, but a Disney vacation requires some advance planning to make it the best, most enjoyable vacation possible. Here is a round-up of the best Disney World planning tips you will need for the most magical vacation!
This great chart, courtesy of buildabettermousetrip.com, shows the average highs, lows, and precipitation for Disney World by month. I know many of us have school-age children and we’re pretty much locked in to the summer months, Christmas break, or spring break, but if it’s possible to visit during the cooler, less rainy months, it’s worth it.
Magicguides.com gives us this chart that lists by month the crowd sizes at Disney World. Disney is always crowded, but there are times throughout the year when the parks are less crowded. If you can combine a cooler, less rainy visit with a time when the parks are less crowded, it’s a win!
WDWprepschool.com has created a very concise list of every Walt Disney World resort including the pros and cons of each, room views available, bed size, and number of people allowed. Rates vary according to the time of they year you’re visiting, and reservations can be made online at
Of course, you don’t have to stay on Disney property, but, most people agree that the proximity to the parks and the easy accessibility of transportation is worth the extra price, and Disney offers an accommodation for every budget. You also don’t have to fight the crowds to park every morning and leave each evening!
The mouseforless.com has compiled a comprehensive guide to dining at Disney World including what an Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) is, when you can begin making reservations (the dates differ if you’re staying on or off property), how to make your ADR’s, and much more. This is the best guide I’ve seen to date for how to navigate the sometimes complicated dining system at Disney World, especially if you want one of the harder to get dining reservations.
The BudgetMouse.com has a wonderful guide about FastPasses ~ what a FastPass is and how they are used, including how far in advance of your arrival you can schedule them, how many you can schedule, what are the absolute must-have FastPasses, and which rides and attractions you don’t need a FastPass for. FastPasses are certainly not mandatory, but if you don’t love standing in long lines (who does??), then you will want as many FastPasses as you can get your hands on!
MagicBands 2.0 have made a Disney trip so much easier! You use them to open your hotel room, charge food and merchandise to your hotel room, as your ticket into the parks, and as your FastPass ticket to access rides and attractions! This guide from TravelingMom.com has made it easy to learn all you need to know about these lifesavers!
FlipFlopWeekend.com has compiled the definitive guide to the awesome Disney app, My Disney Experience! According to their website, “If you are planning to go anywhere near a Disney park, there is one place you have to start: My Disney Experience, either through the Disney website or the My Disney Experience Mobile App.”
This couldn’t be more true! FlipFlopWeekend explains it this way,
“My Disney Experience is the one-stop shop to link all of your Dining Reservations, Fastpasses, Payment options, hotel reservations—check attraction wait times, purchase memory makers…. in other words, it’s everything. “
It is EVERYTHING you need and it’s at your fingertips on your phone. All of that information will be right there when you need it and all you need is your phone. See what I mean? It is crucial and this guide explains it all!
Effective October, 2108, the cost of Disney World tickets now depends on the dates on which you are using the tickets. The BudgetMouse.com explains in the link above how the new date-based ticket system works and how to find the cheapest dates to visit.
Essentially, the cheapest tickets are now those for the least-busy times of the year at Disney World. The busier the parks, the more expensive the tickets will be. For example, tickets for dates during the Christmas holiday season will be more expensive than those for the less-busy last weeks in January. Great information to help you budget for your Disney vacation!
Finally, I have a ton of information on my Pinterest Board, Disney ~ All Disney, All the Time, and I encourage you to take a look at everything I have compiled:
You will find information for everything at Disney that wasn’t covered in this post to include tips and hints for each park, visiting Disney Springs, what to pack for Disney, new 2019 Disney rule changes, how to visit Disney with babies, toddlers, and older children, Disney for adults only, and SO much more!
Hope you have fun planning the Disney trip of a lifetime! Please subscribe so you get all my new posts and please comment – I love your comments!