In 2018, more than 20 million people visited Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
Visiting Disney World at least once is basically a rite of passage for Americans. Everyone has to go at least once.
Planning a vacation in general can be pretty stressful, and this might be particularly true when planning your Disney excursion.
Let’s take a look at what you need to know when planning your Disney vacation.
Decide When You Want to Visit
There are a number of different factors to take into consideration when you are deciding what time of year to visit Disney World.
Weatherwise, the best time of year is to go between late September through early November or late February through April. These are the times when the weather is more temperate. If you love the heat, then May through late–August is your time to shine.
There is an annual hurricane and storm season that occurs in late summer and early fall. While you might be able to visit during this time without it affecting your plans too much, you do run the risk of having your vacation spoiled by a hurricane.
You also might want to look into when Disney World is the most and least crowded throughout the year. Planning around this can help you keep wait times down.
Decide What Type of Vacation You’re Looking For
Disney World is only the most famous of the Disney vacations, but there are many more options depending on what you’re looking for.
Are you looking to leave the mainland a bit? There are Disney fishing excursions and Disney cruise excursions that could be just what you’re looking for.
Determine How Long You Want to Stay
There is such thing as both too much and too little time on a Disney vacation. If you’re going on this trip mainly so your kids can experience the magic, 6 or 7 days is a good trip length.
This incorporates the idea that you should probably build a day or two of rest into your itinerary. It’s a vacation after all!
You’ll probably want to spend at least a day or two at Universal Studios as well.
Decide Whether or Not You Need a Rental Car
Many people rent a car at Disney and pretty much only use it to get from the airport to Disney World. There are a number of ways that you can save on this expense. Consider looking into the shuttle offered by Disney that runs from the Orlando Airport to Disney World.
Make Dining Reservations Way Ahead of Time
There are so many fun places to eat once your in Disney World. To make sure you get a table at some of the best restaurants, you’ll want to make your reservations well in advance.
It’s best to make your dining reservations up to 180 days ahead of time. If you show up for your vacation without reservations, don’t fret too much. You can always call the restaurants to see if there have been any cancellations.
Purchase Your Park Tickets
When purchasing tickets, you are incentivized to purchase multi-day tickets versus single-day. That’s because the single-day tickets are much more expensive than the price-per-day of multi-day tickets.
Decide Where to Stay
There is no shortage of places to stay in Disney World and Orlando at large, but choosing where to stay can bring you decision making fatigue.
You can stay in Disney World proper, but this can be a rather pricey endeavor. There are also plenty of options in Orlando in general where you might be able to find a better deal. It’s up to you and your family to decide how important it is for you to have the full Disney experience.
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Consider a Vacation Package
Vacation packages include bundles of park tickets, hotels, and dining. Sometimes these are a great deal, sometimes you’re just paying full price for each element.
It’s worth taking a look to see what’s available. You might find just what you’re looking for a heavily discounted price.
Create Your Itinerary
Creating an itinerary can feel like a big job, but once your there you’ll be glad you did. While some people can make itineraries that schedule every last minute, other people might create a loose plan for what they’ll do on each day.
Having a plan is a good idea even if it’s just a loose one because it can help you avoid crowds and long lines. Do some research online and determine which attractions you and your family definitely want to see no matter what, and what attractions you could live without.
Make This the Disney Excursion of a Lifetime!
Americans are notorious for their tendency to be hyperfocused on their work. While people in other countries have a greater grasp of the importance of relaxation, more than half of Americans let their vacation time go to waste.
Some studies have found that taking a vacation could even help you live longer. So if you are never taking a break or getting away out of some sense of guilt that it’s selfish, you should realize that you might be shortening your lifespan!
Everyone has to experience Disney World at least once. Why not make your next vacation a magical one for the whole family? It’s a truly remarkable place with so much going on that there’s something for everyone in your family to love.
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