This week we asked Jason from DisneyGeek.com to share some of his top tips on planning for a trip to Walt Disney World. Feel free to share your own tips in the comments!
Why do you think someone going to Walt Disney World should pre-plan?
Walt Disney World is large. It encompasses resorts, themeparks, golf courses, water parks, entertainment districts, out door recreation, and more. If you do not have an understanding of what you are getting into one of two things happens:
- You arrive and are overwhelmed and spend a good chunk of time playing catch up and trying to figure out what you want to see You get home and someone asks did you go see X and you realize you did not even know that existed
By planning ahead you can get into the resort or restaurant you want. Because of the explosion of dining plans and promotions over recent years dining at some Walt Disney World restaurants has become a challenge and the prime times and locations fill up as soon as the booking window opens, which for many is 180 days. If you just walk up or even try for a reservations a couple days or weeks ahead of your trip you are out of luck at some.
What handy tips do you have for anyone going to Walt Disney World?
When it comes to visiting Walt Disney World a little pre-planning for your trip will save you a lot of stress and make the trip more enjoyable for everyone. Here are some tips to get you started:
Engage the entire family/traveling group. Find out the must sees of each person. This will make sure everyone feels included and that you schedule time to see what they view as important. As you plan out your trip remember you are on holiday. Be sure to leave time to stop and smell the roses. Be prepared to call an audible as you go through your trip. Having too rigid of a plan can lead to frustration and mutiny from the rest of your group. Include time to rest, relax, and to visit favorite attractions. We like to schedule a day near the end as a free day which allows for a buffer to visit favorites, or if you have bad weather earlier in the trip, etc. Be sure to check the weather before you go. In general Florida is hot and humid, but they do have cold spells so sometimes warm clothes are required.