So you have decided that you are going to plan a trip to Walt Disney World. One person out of the family or group usually gets designated as “The Planner” of the trip and sometimes it can be overwhelming to try to create the perfect trip. If it is your first trip or your fifteenth, you should keep “DREAM” in mind when planning a vacation.
D stands for Decisions. Walt Disney World vacations include many decisions in the planning process, especially if it is your first trip and you would like everything to run smoothly. If you have trouble making decisions, then you might need to start the planning process a year in advance. You will need to decide on transportation, meals, hotel, rides, and more. After you decide on these things though (and make sure everyone is in agreement) then you can move on to…
R which is Reservations. Book the resort or hotel reservation first, especially if you are staying onsite. Transportation is next, depending on the form of transportation. If you are driving, you are fine. If flying though, watch the flights and book when you can get the best deal, which might not be until after you start booking dining reservations. Then once it gets closer (usually 180 days before the trip begins), you will be able to book Advanced Dining Reservations on WDW property. After, you can make Fastpass+ Reservations if you choose to do so.
E is for Experiences. Disney is great with coming up with a wide range of experiences for both children and adults. You could have your child have their first haircut at the Barber Shop on Main Street in Magic Kingdom or you could go on a Behind the Scenes Tour as a whole family. You could even go Parasailing at the Contemporary! Experiences also need reservations usually, although the timeline for booking greatly depends on the time of year and the event. Look into special experiences ahead of time to see if there is anything you might be interested in doing.
A is for Arrange. While planning, do not forget to arrange your plans day by day or park by park so that you can remember everything. Organization is super important, especially if you have a lot of Advanced Dining Reservations or Fastpass+ Reservations that you do not want to miss. Keep everything in a Disney themed folder or binder from the Decision phase all the way until the trip is over.
M is for Magic. Even though planning can be tiring and stressful, especially when coordinating a big group, remember to keep the Disney Magic alive! Try to sprinkle bits of the Disney Magic before the trip with your family such as watching Disney movies, playing Disney music, or even making a Disney sticker countdown calendar. And enjoy the trip once it begins because it will be amazing. No trip/trip planning time can be problem free but get over the bumps and move on. Have a magical vacation and remember to relax by eating a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar!
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