Oh what a magical vacation!
Disney Theme parks and Adventures are considered amongst the elite in vacations. Though pricey in some cases, Disney does offer flexible payment and all inclusive options, to make sure every family has the one of a kind Disney experience suited just for them. And all Disney Vacations can be combined with a park stay. Only a Certified Disney Travel Planner can give you access to all Disney Vacations.
Disney is broken up into 6 main categories
- Walt Disney World Resort- Orlando, FL
- Disneyland/Disney California Adventure- Anaheim, CA
- Disney’s Aulani Resort Kapolei, HI
- Disney Cruise Line- Port Canaveral, FL
- Adventures By Disney- Multiple Locations
- Disney Abroad- Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong
Walt Disney World Resort:
- 5 Parks, 4 open year round
- Ticket Options: One Park per day or Park Hopper with or without the water park
- Hotel, Transportation, Disney Dining Plan, Special Park Hours for On Park Guest
- Magic Kingdom:
If you have small children this is where you will spend 90% of your time. Magic Kingdom has the only truly dedicated area for children 8 and under. This is where you will find ALL of your princesses, Popular Disney Rides, Most of the Disney Resorts, and the Castle.
Most fun for parents, and the best place to eat. There is little to no interactive areas that children of smaller ages find enjoyable. There are plenty of shows and allows you to “Tour the World” through Disney colored glasses.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
Best for older children. This is where all the adventure rides and the best shows are. My suggestion, start your day here. The lines are shorter and you can get to the best rides before the bigger crowds start in. The Rockin’ Roller Coaster is a thriller must! Make that the first line you stand in.
- Animal Kingdom:
Fantastic larger family resort villas, wild animals right outside your door, culture, and adventure. If your family is big on animals, there is no bigger or more beautiful park.
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon:
Only open in warmer months. For sure worth the add on if you are going in the summer. This park allows for you to spend a day relaxing while the kids play their hearts out.
Tips From a 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 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 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 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!
Disneyland/ Disney’s California Adventure
- 2 Parks open year round
- Ticket Options:
Single Park or park hopper
- Disneyland Resort:
Basically just Magic Kingdom in California. Lots of shows, Princesses, and rides
- Disney’s California Adventure Park- Disney California Adventure® Park featuring the 12-acre Cars Land
Tips From a Travel Agent
- Stay on park. The options off park are few and pricey. For the money, its better to get more time in the park.
- The park hopper isn’t really needed here. Each park is filled with lots to do to fill an entire day.
Disney’s Aulani Resort
- Tropical Paradise
- Water Park
- Rooms & Suites: 351 hotel rooms, including 16 suites
- Villas: 481 Disney Vacation Club units, including 19 Grand Villas
- Dining: 2 restaurants, 3 lounges and several quick-service dining venues
- Laniwai – A Disney Spa
- Fitness center
- Aunty’s Beach House kids club
- Painted Sky teen spa
- Pools, waterslides and more
*Amenities are subject to change
Disney Cruise Line
Stunning vessels that pay homage to the grand era of the luxury ocean liner, Disney’s 4 distinguished ships pamper Guests with state-of-the-art comforts, legendary service and Disney-exclusive activities that bring families together en route to exotic ports of call. From bow to stern, each magnificent ship brims with restaurants, nightclubs, shops and recreational facilities that make cruising a pleasure for Guests of all ages.
With so much to experience built right in, getting there is half the fun!
What’s Included on the Cruise:
- Enchanting Entertainment: Delight in Broadway-caliber musicals, lively deck parties and fireworks at sea (fireworks on most cruises).
- Spacious Staterooms: Designed for Families: extra space and storage, sitting area, and split bath to allow more people to get ready at the same time.
- Disney’s Private Island: Relax in paradise with beach chairs, umbrellas, waterslides and a buffet lunch (on most Bahamian and Caribbean cruises).
- Variety of Dining Options: Enjoy upscale restaurants, buffets, poolside snacks and 24-hour room service.
- Imaginative Youth Clubs: Play in themed clubs for every age, staffed by specially trained Disney counselors.
- Nightclubs & Lounges: Discover adults-only areas that include a variety of bars and pubs.
- Pools & Recreation: Splash it up in freshwater pools and waterslides at sea.