Wondering if you’ve got what it takes to be your own Walt Disney vacation planner? Are you the kind of traveler who delights in scouring websites and books for information and piecing it all together for a successful journey? Good news! There’s more than enough information available to help you plan your Walt Disney vacation, but at the same time, too much information can be overwhelming. Try a few of these helpful tips to make sure you stay on track while planning your family’s Disney adventure!
- Choose when you want to travel, but be flexible with hotel and flight availability. You’ll want to make your reservations as early as possible, because spaces fill up fast. Also, call continuously up until the time of your departure, just in case any discounted hotel rooms have opened up!
- Some dinner reservations can actually be made up to two years in advance – that’s how popular they are! If you’re going to want to visit the All American BBQ at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, or if you want to see the Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau at the Polynesian Resort book now!
- Six months before you go, buy your tickets for the Cirque du Soleil show at Disney. This is one show you don’t want to miss, but like most things at Walt Disney World, it can sell out in minutes.
- If you’re going to pre-plan each day down to the last detail, try to get it done at least three months ahead of time. This will give you some leeway to call for confirmations down the road, and will also be enough time to make adjustments if necessary. You don’t want to be stuck scrambling at the last minute to make alternate plans if something falls through.
- All transportation should be taken care of at least two months in advance. That means tickets for your flight there and back, as well as arrangements for a rental car if necessary.
- One month before you head to Walt Disney World, make sure you have all of your park tickets purchased and stored in an accessible place. If you need to take care of some things at home before you go, like placing your pets with a boarding service or arranging a house-sitter, do this now. The last thing you need to be doing in the days before you go is scrambling to find someone to take care of your house!
- In the week before you leave, call your airline, hotel, rental car company, and any other reservations you’ve made. Double check your daily itinerary, and pull out that suitcase!
- The day before you go, call the airline again! Boarding times and flight times sometimes change in the hours before departure, which can be crucial if you’re on a tight schedule. Ship off the pets, finish packing, and get a good night’s sleep.
- You’re off to Walt Disney World!
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