Disney World always invokes a sense of wide-eyed wonder and endless excitement. Picture your kids meeting Mickey Mouse for the first time or beholding Cinderella’s castle illuminated at night. The magic-filled atmosphere, the lively characters, and the thrilling rides craft a perfect place for the young and the young-at-heart. Isn’t that exciting?

Undoubtedly, that may be what’s getting you to consider a Disney World vacation with your family. But just like most travel adventures, a good deal of planning is vital to ensure everything goes smoothly. 

This is where this guide comes in. After reading these seven tips, you can plan the most magical Disney World holiday for you and your family.

Here’s what you need to know.

  1. Buying Tickets For Florida Theme Parks

One of the most important steps in any Disney World holiday planning is buying tickets for entry.

You’re almost always better to buy tickets to the theme parks you want to visit before you travel to Orlando, as you can take advantage of package deals and bargains. Orlandoattractions.com is a great source for tickets to all Florida parks and attractions, including some unique combo tickets for Disney and Universal parks.

Going this route can save you more money than purchasing tickets for everyone going.


  1. Choosing Ideal Dates For Your Visit

Choosing the best time to go is crucial. You certainly want to avoid excessive crowds, severe weather, or closed attractions due to maintenance.

So, consider visiting during off-peak periods. By using crowd calendars online, you can gauge the expected crowd levels.

But if your family thrives on the vibrant energy of a bustling park, peak periods may be right up your alley. For the best weather, consider spring or fall.

Remember, Florida is prone to sudden showers, so pack that poncho just in case!


  1. Setting A Budget

Getting down to the nitty-gritty, let’s talk about budgeting.

It’s essential to know your budget before jumping into bookings. Divide it into accommodation, tickets, dining, souvenirs, and contingencies.

Dining and souvenirs are where costs can quickly get out of hand. One tip you can use is to eat a substantial breakfast before leaving for the parks. This way, you’ll save on one meal a day at the pricy park restaurants. 

As for souvenirs, consider setting a limit per child or implementing a ‘one souvenir per day’ rule. For example, each kid can pick one Star Wars figure or plushie of Minnie Mouse or Buzz Lightyear. This way, you prevent an overflowing suitcase and an overstretched wallet by the end of your holiday.


  1. Planning Your Park Itinerary

Planning your theme park itinerary is critical. With so many attractions distributed across multiple parks, you must prioritize. Always consider the interests and preferences of all family members.

Start with choosing the must-see attractions and divide them across your stay. Consider mixing lighter picks between thrill rides to balance the day. For instance, you could save the meet-and-greets with favourite characters before and after a go at Big Thunder Mountain.

  1. Selecting Your Accommodation

There’s plenty of accommodation in and around Disney World, each offering a unique experience. Choose the one that best fits your family’s needs and budget.

Opt for on-site lodging options if you’re enjoying the luxury of returning to the hotel for an afternoon nap and quick refreshment. Not only will this cut back on transit, but it also maximizes the time you spend at the park.

On the other hand, if your family is on a tighter budget, the surrounding area has plenty of affordable local accommodations, from motels to vacation rentals.


  1. Booking In Advance

If you plan to eat at one of Disney’s sit-down restaurants or attend an event, booking in advance is best. This way, you’re guaranteed a spot without stressing out with day-of reservations or lack of availability.


  1. Knowing How To Cut The Lines (Properly)

To get the best out of your Disney holiday, try using FastPass+ or Genie. These services allow you to skip the queue for selected attractions, stage shows, parades, or even meet-and-greets. This can be a game-changer on crowded days.

For example, you can secure fast passes for the most popular rides that typically have long wait times. This way, you can enjoy the experience without investing much of your precious holiday time standing in lines.

Ready For A Fantastical Disney Journey?

With these tips, you can create unforgettable memories with your loved ones, especially before your kids grow up.

Just keep in mind to stay flexible throughout your holiday. Unexpected situations may arise, but don’t let them spoil the fun. Have a blast with planning now!


About Jennie McNichol

After spending 11 years in London working in the television industry for the BBC, Jennie McNichol made the move to Perth in 2010. As the Co-Founder and Editor of Buggybuddys, she has been able to use her experience and passion for helping families to create a trusted online resource for parents across Perth.
Jennie is the proud mother of two daughters, aged 14 & 12 and is a big advocate of the family-friendly lifestyle that Perth has to offer.

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