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Disney Vacation Planning: Where to Start

This is a series of blogs I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. If you’ve ever asked me any question about planning a  Disney trip, you probably know how long I can ramble on about it. I love talking all things Disney and giving any helpful information I can. Whether you’re embarking on your very first trip, or you’ve been so many times the Cast Members know you by name, every visit is special and magical. 

Along with the weekly Tuesday Travels blogs, I will also be doing Disney Travel Thursdays during the month of August. Because let’s be honest, planning a Disney trip is an entirely different beast than planning any kind other trip. 

This week let’s start with the basics. Before you start the planning and booking process you need to have a foundational plan.

💰 Budget – How much money are you planning to spend in total? 

🗓 Timeframe – When are you planning to go? How far out is it? Do you have a specific date? Do you want the cheapest/less crowded deal?

🤷🏼‍♀️ Who – Who all is going on this trip? The whole family? Just you? Is this going to be to celebrate a special occasion? 

🏨 Length of Stay – How many days are you planning to stay? How many days are you planning to go to the parks? 

✈️  How – Are you flying or driving?

🛏 Where – Are you planning to stay on property or off? If you’re staying on property, what type of resort are you wanting to stay in? 

🍽 Food – Will you be eating in the parks? If you’re staying on property, are you planning to get a dining plan? 

‼️Priorities/Must-Do’s – What is at the absolute top of your list of things to do/see during your trip? 

Personally, I always recommend staying on property. You get the full, immersive experience this way, plus the benefits you get by staying on property make the extra price worth it (in my opinion)! If you stay at a Disney resort you get complimentary transportation to and from the airport if you’re flying in, complimentary transportation to all parks, Disney Springs, and other resorts, access to special park hours, dining plans, and so much more! So much of the stress is taken off your shoulders when you stay on property. From the time you leave your house to the moment you leave property, Disney takes care of it all! 

I am not an official Disney vacation planner or travel agent, but I would be happy to answer any questions you have (if I can). If you are looking to book with a Disney travel agent, I would recommend checking out Wendell Mann or Ashton McGill. Disney vacation planners are free of charge to you and are a great resource if you are new to Disney or just don’t have the time and energy to plan every detail on your own.