It’s that time again, the holidays are here and that very special Christmas vacation is in sight. I’m talking about Disney Vacation Planning of course. Nothing is more magical than waking up your little one with princesses and superheroes alike. But Disney can be a truly intimidating task to take on if you are not properly prepared. On the Disney travel pages in this website, there are great everyday tips about how to get the most out of your vacation. In this post, I’ll go over the tips more in depth, offer some serious cost-saving advice, and get you ready for that one of a kind vacation.
Tips From a Disney Travel Agent:
- Spring for the for the fast pass! It will allow you to schedule out your day, give you specific ride times, and boost you to the front of a very long line.
- Get the park hopper. I mean it when I say that Epcot is the best place to eat. A lot of times lines in one park or another will be too long, hopping to another park will allow for your family to extend their day, without being forced to stay in a hectic, or not so exciting park. Without the park hopper, you will only be allowed into one park a day.
- Spring for the Dining package if staying on the park. You will be able to find a sit-down dinner on the fly or grab a snack at just the right time from park kiosk.
- Stay off the park. Though there are HUGE perks with an on park stay, larger families can find vacation homes with rooms for 14+ or larger if needed, and I can give you great tips on how to keep the overall cost down without feeling like you cheaped out your vacation. Disney has a ton of good neighbor resorts that will give you more options on things to do.
- Take water! There is water in the park, but it is massive. Camelbacks come in very handy
- Bring a stroller even if your child is old enough to walk, and put small children on a tethered string. Like I said the park is Massive!
All of these tips and more can be found within the site. Along with many more. Some that may also be helpful are:
- Wear bright colors and/or hats in order to identify all members of your family and party quickly. There is nothing scarier for a parent than looking away for even a second, and turning around and not instantly seeing your child. Not to mention children get lost in the wonder of it all and tend to stray off.
- Backpacks, not diaper bags. They will also need to be clear. With all of the chaos that is going on in the world, Disney is doing all it can to keep guest safe, so transparency is the name of the game.
- The Fanny pack is your friend! It allows for maximum usage of hands and limbs, all while keeping your items safely by your side.
- Purchase a “Disney” cup. You will get discounts on refills and hydration is the silent enemy of the Disney guest.
There are several different ways you can go about making Disney more cost-effective. It all starts with on park or off the park.
- On Park Pros: Longer park hours, Disney Dining Plan, Preferred Seating to Light and Firework Shows, Character Dining, Shuttle Service
- On Park Cons: Breakfast lines, Shuttle Service Wait Times, Limited Cost Effective Dining Options
**If you stay in the park it is actually cheaper to get the deluxe dining plan overall. Smaller kids are snackers and this options gives you more snack throughout the day that are included in what you paid for. No to mention, with being able to book up 18mo in advance, you will have all meals covered by the time you get there.
- Off Park Pros: Resorts have other activities, Larger families have more room, more dining options, Way cheaper lodging cost, Kitchens
- Off Parks Cons: Parking, Waiting to get into the park, Shorter park hours, Fighting the masses, No Dining Option
**If you stay off the park, as your agent I can get you the absolute best accommodations for exactly what you want to pay. Most resorts have better pools and children’s clubs in case you want to extend the vacation, but only have enough for a few days in the park.
If you have come this far, it’s all now in the details. Booking your Disney vacation at least 4 weeks in advance allows for Disney to do the organizing for you. Disney will send you a complete package to help with everything you need to go. You can even book your flights through your Certified Disney Travel Planner. Which I am. So if you are ready, take a stroll through the website and prepare yourself for what is to come. On the bottom of the Adventures by Disney page is a form to fill out to get a quote within 24 hours. Remember Christmas and Spring Break are peak seasons, so no matter what you decide, the cost will be higher than at other times of the year.