Deciding to take a trip to Walt Disney World is the first step in many on crafting the perfect vacation at the most magical place on earth. Once the initial excitement wears off, now comes the hard part: what do we do next? There are many things that need to be done from the time you decide to visit until the time you actually arrive to ensure your vacation is stress-free and enjoyable. Here are six things to do in preparation for your trip:
1. Start budgeting
It’s no secret that a trip to Walt Disney World can be pretty pricey, especially for larger families. The best way to combat the cost is to begin budgeting as soon as you decide you want to visit. Figure out how much you’d ideally like to spend before diving into looking for flights, hotels, tickets, and potential dining packages. You can also start to set aside money for spending in the parks, because who can resist buying a souvenir or two?
2. Decide on a time to go
Before you can make any other decisions, you have to figure out what time of year you want to go! Every season has its pros and cons, which means there really is no bad time to visit. However, holidays and spring and summer vacations tend to be the busiest times of the year, so you’ll want to plan accordingly if you’re looking to avoid extreme crowds. If you want to take advantage of the events around Walt Disney World property, such as festivals at Epcot, taking a look at their special events tab will give you an idea of what goes on throughout the year.
3. Staying on or off property
One of the most important aspects you need to plan in advance is where you’ll be staying. There are plenty of great resorts both on Disney property and off, so it’s going to depend on your budget and how important it is to you to be within close proximity of the parks. Staying on Disney property does come with its own set of perks, such as free transportation and extra magic hours, but it can get pricey. You could find lodging off property, but then you’ll be tasked with either renting a car and parking every day or using rideshare services. Take some time to explore all of your options and pick the best one for your family.
4. How you’ll get there and get around
The next big step is to figure out how you’ll be getting to Disney and how you’ll be getting around during your vacation. Depending on where you live, driving might be a more feasible, and cheaper option. If you plan on flying, you might want to consider staying on property in order to utilize the Disney’s Magical Express service, saving you from having to either use a rideshare service or renting a car for the duration of your trip. Crunch numbers and decide on the option that won’t burn a bigger hole in your wallet than is necessary.