Top Tips for Your Walt Disney World Vacation
Make the Most of Your Time in the Happiest Place on Earth
by Amy Mutscher
If you’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime vacation at Walt Disney World, you likely feel the weight of expectations on your shoulders. Planning a big trip is both exciting and stressful. After saving for many years, you want to maximize your hard-earned dollars and get the most out of your trip. But there’s so much to know about everything Disney – how can you quickly ramp up to expert status? This is where an agent comes in. Vacation has many agents within our network that specialize in all things Disney. They’ve already reached guru status and will be happy to share their wisdom with you!
Don’t you hate it when you get home from an expensive trip and realize that other people had a few budget savvy tricks that you could have used? Well, let this be your notice that a Disney travel specialist is your secret weapon. They make it their business to stay informed about all the applicable discounts, insider secrets, new offerings and ride closures. There will be plenty of decision-making and planning left for you to do – bring in the experts for help with the big choices on how the majority of your budget will be allocated.
Dine like a Princess
There is a lot of time-sensitive planning involved in a special Disney trip. If your mini-princess must dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table, you have a very tiny window of time – exactly 180 days – before your visit to book your reservation. Why take the risk that you’re distracted by a sick kid or a work emergency and miss your chance to book the hottest table in Orlando. Put it in the capable hands of an expert travel planner. A Disney specialist can also recommend the best food experiences and the character dining in each park and resort hotel. Epcot has a variety of delicious authentic food within the World Showcase. Your agent can help you decide between an upscale steakhouse in Canada; a French brasserie with an on-site bakery that produces its own baguettes daily; or a lively German Oktoberfest complete with a polka band.
Beat the Crowds
Since Disney World is perennially popular, many people consider how to beat the crowds – on many levels. First, would you consider taking the kids out of school to visit during the school year? If you have some teacher work days in the fall or spring, you could save a bundle and stroll through relatively empty parks by booking in an off-peak month. Once you’re on-site, many guidebooks recommend that you start your day at the back of the park and walk counter-clockwise. And when it’s time for the big events like the fireworks show and parades – stake out a prime space using a FastPass – or go the other direction and use that time to hit up Pirates of the Caribbean while everyone else is occupied.
Shh, keep it to yourself! One of our agents was formerly a Disney cast member! She’s got great insider information and tips to help you get the most out of our trip. Whether it’s your first trip to Disney World or your fourth, an experienced agent can take the hassle out of planning your ultimate family vacation. You can expect to review multiple itinerary options based on your wish list and your budget. She’ll explain the differences between the parks, how to most effectively deploy your limited FastPasses, and the dining plan options so you can pick the best fit.
Inspired by this article and want to speak with a Vacation travel agent about how you can plan a magical, family-friendly trip to Disney World? Let one of Vacation’s on-call travel experts connect you with a Disney specialist to plan your next vacay.