Planning Our Trip to Disney World

Everyone thinks that a trip to Disney World is expensive and un-affordable to most people. But this is not the case! My family has been to Disney several times and with three children that is no small feat! The trick is doing a ton of research and knowing what to expect. A newcomer with no knowledge of Disney World can easily feel overwhelmed and miss out on a ton of fun. Below are my favorite tips to planning a trip to Disney!

Go During Deal Times
Each year, Disney World offers unique deals that will help you save money. These can range from up to 25% off your hotel stay with a vacation package purchase to a free dining plan. We try to plan our trip during the free dining plan deal so that our meals are paid for! This is a great way to save money and we get to enjoy even more food choices, not having to stick to the lowest priced item on the menu! To stay updated on the current deals, be sure to have Disney send you email updates. Being flexible with your travel times will help you take advantage of the best deals.

Disney has it down when it comes to options for pre-planning. You have the option to check-in online, allowing you to receive an email or text to check-in without ever going to the front desk! You can customize what you wish to see in your room via online at My Disney Experience at the Disney World website and you have the option to schedule dinner reservations well in advance. You can also schedule your Fast Pass times, which I highly suggest. Fast Pass allows you to skip the lines and ride your favorite rides quicker. You have a set time frame when you can begin with booking Fast Pass times, so be sure to book your rides the first day that you can!

Take Advantage of Park Hours
The four Disney World parks are open at set times each day. But, if you stay within a Disney Resort, you have the option to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours, which take place in the morning as well as in the evening. Schedule your trip around these hours!


You will get the most out of your money. If a park is open late, simply head back to your hotel after lunch and enjoy a long nap. You will be refreshed and ready to enjoy the rest of the long day at the park while others have to leave! Take a look at the daily times before you arrive at Disney to be able to schedule which parks you will be visiting each day.

Planning is key when it comes to a Disney World vacation. If you can begin your research months in advance, you will be able to learn as much as you can about the vacation options, and have a fully scheduled trip, offering you tons of family memories and experiences.