There is soooo much information on Disney World Vacations. You can Google it until your eyes start drying out. There are blogs, videos, and a stack of opinions a mile high from friends and family. It’s easy to lose hours upon hours researching a Disney Vacation only to realize that half of what you looked at won’t apply to your trip. Taking a few key steps on the front end of your Disney vacation planning can significantly reduce the amount of time you waste in designing your trip.
Know the dates that you might want to go. Whether that’s a school break or just a non-crowded time, narrow down realistic times when work and school will allow you to travel. Each season at Disney brings different events, crowds, and opportunities. Planning for one season is not the same as planning for another. Deciding up front when you can travel will eliminate you having to weed through all the information on other seasons. While this sounds basic, it is crucial for planning and can affect how long you need to stay and how many park days you need.
People are often surprised when we ask the heights of their group. Height is a major deal at Disney World because it determines what you can ride. It will also affect how your group may visit the parks if you are trying to focus on only rides everyone can ride, or if you are trying to blend in some bigger rides while also caring for children ineligible to ride them. It’s also good to start with any mobility issues. Disney World requires a lot of walking….an average of 10+ miles per day. For some people, children and adults, this is not realistic, and they will need the aid of a stroller or scooter. This affects a lot of how you will go through the parks, and it will be essential to consider it before you start cramming your days with activities.
One limitation that hits everyone hard at Disney World is the need for rest. Disney World is a very active vacation. Your days usually start early to take advantage of less crowded times at the park. The heat in Orlando is no joke and can wear out the most energetic of children and adults. Consecutive days of hard-core park touring can be tiring to the point of ruining a vacation. One of the most common things we advise our clients to do is to add a rest day, or rest periods, into their schedule. Whether you take a whole day in the middle of your stay to rest, or you come back to the hotel in the afternoons for a break from the heat (and a dip the pool or a nap for the littles), rest can be a massive key to loving your Disney World Vacation (and preventing a Disney World meltdown). Planning for rest can affect your park days as well as your length of stay, so it’s best to decide it up front.
There are 4 parks at Disney World: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. Unlike other theme parks, these parks are not located close to each other. It’s usually about 45 minutes-1 hour to switch between parks. Some of the parks can easily fill 2 days with activities. Knowing how many parks you want to visit and how many days you want at each of them will determine your schedule, tickets, and hotel stay.
These 4 things will easily narrow down your Disney World options and planning to save you time.
But just in case you would like additional help with your next step of planning, we have something special for you. We know it can be hard to compare all that is available between each park. So we have created a very special park comparison cheat sheet that helps you see in one place what’s available at each park. This helps you decide where best to spend your time. Click here to get your free copy sent to your email today.
If you are tired of the overwhelming planning process and the amount of time it takes away from your family and schedule, you can talk to an expert travel advisor today who can streamline the design of your onsite Disney vacation with all the latest advantages for avoiding crowds, saving time, and maximizing magic. Contact us today to work on your personalized trip.
About The Traveling Compass:
The Traveling Compass is a full-service luxury travel agency. Our success is built on a foundation of unmatched expertise and outstanding customer service. Our travel agents specialize in international travel, corporate incentive trips, destination weddings & honeymoons, multigenerational travel, luxury leisure, and family travel. We are also Authorized Disney Vacation Planners with experience assisting families that have children with special needs or large families or groups with complicated dining reservations for over 20 guests. Our personalized travel itineraries are designed to help discerning, time-pressed travelers plan the most elaborate vacations, down to the smallest detail. As luxury travel agents, we are dedicated to creating and facilitating travel experiences that expand awareness and give each person a real sense of the country and culture they are visiting. It is our mission to make sure you have the travel experience of a lifetime, every time.