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Jimmie is a retired school teacher from Texas, who has been going to Disney World for 25 years. He has experience in taking large groups to Disney, in addition to taking his own children and grandchildren. Jimmie and his wife Rhonda make annual trips to Disney World, Disneyland, and sail on the Disney Cruise Line.

How to Plan Your Walt Disney World Trip in 10 Fool-Proof Steps

Cinderella Castle

So, you’ve decided to take a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida?  Congratulations!  You and your family are in for a fun vacation, creating memories for a lifetime.  Beware, you might get hooked and become a Disney fanatic, like many of us have.  If this is your first trip or you haven’t been in several years, rest assured planning ...

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How to Plan Your Walt Disney World Trip in 10 Fool-Proof Steps

Castle, Balloons, Crowd

10. When to go If you have school-aged children, your options are summer or holidays, both busy times at Disney World. Don’t fret though, you can still have a great time!  The parks and resorts are built to handle large crowds.  If you home-school or don’t mind taking your kids out of school for a few days, your options increase.  ...

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How to Plan Your Walt Disney World Trip in 10 Fool-Proof Steps

Castle and money

9. Cost How much will a Disney vacation cost?  To answer that question, you will need to make a few decisions.  How long will you stay?  5-7 nights are best, in my opinion.  Disney World has a lot to do.  Will you stay onsite at a Disney resort or offsite?  What will your budget allow?  If Disney World is new ...

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How to Plan Your Walt Disney World Trip in 10 Fool-Proof Steps

Monorail

8. Book early Consider booking your trip early, up to a year in advance.  This gives you several advantages.  It helps build excitement and allows you to make payments/save up money before your trip.  If you decided to stay onsite, you might want to consider a package, with hotel and tickets.  You can also add dining, airline tickets, waterparks, golf ...

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How to Plan Your Walt Disney World Trip in 10 Fool-Proof Steps

Breakfast

7. Make ADRs at 180 days If you plan to dine at any of Disney’s table-service restaurants (and you should), make Advanced Dining Reservations at the 180 day mark, precisely at 7:00 am eastern time.  The most popular restaurants and character meals book up quickly!

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How to Plan Your Walt Disney World Trip in 10 Fool-Proof Steps

Disney Tickets

6. Buy tickets If you haven’t already, purchase you park tickets somewhere around 75 days out from your trip.  Consider how many park days you will need.  Be aware, the more days you purchase, the less you’ll pay per day.  A one-day ticket is over $100!  A 10-day ticket is about $45/day.  You can also add park-hopping to your tickets, ...

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How to Plan Your Walt Disney World Trip in 10 Fool-Proof Steps

FastPass+

5. Reserve Fastpass+ at 60 (or 30 days) At some point prior to 60 days out, go to mydisneyexperience.com (or get the app for your device) and put in your reservation and ticket numbers.  All your plans should pop up, including any dining reservations you have.  At 60 days out (if you’re staying onsite) or 30 days otherwise, make your ...

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How to Plan Your Walt Disney World Trip in 10 Fool-Proof Steps

Disney's Magical Express

4. Book Magical Express Have you considered how you will get from the airport to your hotel?  If you’re staying with Disney, the cheapest option is Magical Express bus service.  It’s free-can’t beat that!  Like any other airport, you can also rent a car, hire a taxi, Uber, etc.  The Orlando airport is about 30 miles from Disney. 

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How to Plan Your Walt Disney World Trip in 10 Fool-Proof Steps

Memory Maker

3. Photopass or Memory Maker It’s important to document any vacation with lots of pictures.  Unfortunately, someone has to actually take the pictures, usually mom or dad.  Disney offers their Photopass service, where they’ll take your pictures for you, including several onboard ride photos!  You have two options.  One, let Disney’s Photopass photographers take your photos, then you can look ...

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How to Plan Your Walt Disney World Trip in 10 Fool-Proof Steps

Disney Suitcase

1. Packing After you decide what to pack in your luggage, put half of it back.  Don’t over pack!  You’ll need room for all those souvenirs you’re going to buy!  *Bonus tip: Relax and have fun on your magical Disney vacation!  

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