Rides, shows, food, tours and fireworks can all be part of Disney vacation fun. With so much to see and do at Disney Parks, where should you even start? The best way to plan a Disney vacation depends on how much time you have and what you’re willing to do. These days, Disney vacation packages consist of hotel stays and tickets only but there are many little particular details to know about in 2022, like that you have to buy a ticket and have a reservation to get into a park.
The Best Way to Plan a Disney Vacation
It’s possible to have an amazing trip at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort whether you have a Disney travel planner plan your trip or do it yourself. Here’s some helpful information about either route.
Use a Disney Travel Planner
What’s amazing about hiring a Disney travel planner is that there is no additional cost to you. You read that right. It’s free to have a professional plan your Disney vacation. How it actually works is they make a commission off of your trip. There isn’t a fee or up charge for you, Disney just gives the travel planner a portion of what you pay. So how do you find a Disney travel planner? Ask your Disney friend for a recommendation. I feel like we all have one, if not more than one, friend who gets it. They visit Disney every year and probably know someone who plans Disney travel. If that doesn’t work, take to social media. Crowdsourcing and asking your social media connections for recommendations often brings back great results. It’s also pretty easy to find a Disney travel planner if you start looking through related hashtags on Instagram. Find some and look over their content to see who shares helpful information about the kind of trip activities you’re interested in. A good Disney travel planner is familiar with all aspects of the trip and can help you get the most in while spending the least.
Plan Your Own Disney Vacation
Planning your own Disney vacation is also possible though it will take some time and a lot of research. If you’re more casual about how you spend your magical vacation time and don’t have any expectations, it might not be that serious for you. However, if you have heard a lot about offerings at Disney Destinations and have a lot you want to make sure you get in on the trip, that will require some more serious itinerary work.
Knowing that there are four parks, two water parks and a shopping and dining district at Walt Disney World Resort can help you get an idea for how long you might like to stay. Budget also plays a big part in planning. The hotel you stay at, there are more than thirty to choose from, can help you manage how much you spend. Then you have park tickets to buy. At this point in time, summer of 2022, hotel and tickets are the main Disney planning components and make up a Disney vacation package. They can be booked together online. Typically the Disney Dining Plan is another option you can add but that offering has not been available since Disney closed in 2020. With tickets, you’ll need to choose how many days you’d like and if you want the Park Hopper addition. This allows you to visit more than one park in a day. Note that at this time, you need a reservation just for the park you plan to visit in the morning but can’t enter another park until 2:00 p.m.
Outside of the basics of a hotel and tickets, food is pretty important. There is a lot of fun food to choose from inside the theme parks but the Disney Resort hotels also host incredible options. Disney restaurants usually require an advance dining reservation that you can make online or in the My Disney Experience app. The app is free and can be a great help before and during your trip. Even after if you purchase a photo package. Other things to consider for your trip include extras like princess makeover experiences at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage cruise and dessert party.
Undoubtedly, if it’s your first trip, you’ll learn a lot that you can apply to your next visit. Sometimes it’s your personal preferences that you discover along the way like what shows you and your party want to make sure to see again. Other times you learn that some things aren’t for you, items you want to bring next time or offerings you missed that you’ll need to plan into your next visit. There’s just so much you can’t expect to do it all or get it all right. It’s best to do an amount of planning that feels right to you upfront and go with an open mind.
DVC Resale Experts Can Help
If you absolutely love Disney vacations and are enchanted with the thought of visiting the parks every year, Disney Vacation Club is something to consider. The Disney timeshare provides Deluxe Resort hotel stays at a much better cost and there are even more savings to be found on the resale market. That’s where DVC Resale Experts comes in. DVC Resale Experts is a licensed real estate broker with a team that specializes in DVC resale. Resale contracts are those being sold by Members. You can expect pixie dusted service from our licensed real estate agents who are former Disney Vacation Club Guides. See these current resale DVC listings for a look at pricing and availability.