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A Disney World vacation is an amazing way to create lasting memories with your kids. For some, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But it’s expensive! Most of us have to save for months or years to afford it. So, how can you ensure you will get your money’s worth? Is there any way to know for certain that your family will have a fabulous time? While there are no guarantees in life, I can share with you the secret to having a great Disney World trip. Read on to find out how.
The 2 Step Secret to a Great Disney World Trip
One of the biggest reasons why people have a bad experience on their Disney World trip is because they mistakenly believe they can just show up and wing it. What they fail to realize is that Disney World is huge. It is about the size of San Francisco! And there are endless options of things to do. It is impossible to do everything in one trip. The tendency to wing it usually results in indecisiveness, long waits, and frustration. Instead, follow this 2 step plan to improve your Disney World trip.
Step 1: Have a Plan
The first step is to develop a plan for each day of your trip before you arrive at Disney World. Having a plan will save you time in a variety of ways. It will prevent those last minute discussions about what to do next. It will also allow you to beat some of the crowds by having fastpasses and dining reservations in hand. The less time you spend waiting, the better your trip will be.
This plan can be as detailed or as general as you would like. However, you need to include at least a few basics. Decide which park you will visit each day, what table service restaurants you will eat at, and what fastpasses you want for each day. You can make your dining reservations up to 180 days prior to check-in. Fastpass selections can be made by those staying on property up to 60 days prior to check-in. If you are staying offsite, you can make your fastpass reservations beginning 30 days prior to your arrival. Our free Disney Trip Planning Worksheet can help you plan your trip. See the box at the bottom of the article for details on how to get it.
Step 2: Be Flexible
Once you arrive at Disney World for your trip, then it’s time for step 2 of the secret: be flexible. Use your plan as a guide, but allow for some last minute changes. You never know when the weather, crowds, or other unforeseen circumstances will throw a kink in your plan. Or you may discover that your kids would rather take another spin on a favorite ride instead of doing something new. Additionally, Disney is notorious for surprising guests with special unannounced offerings. By being flexible and allowing for changes, you will avoid disappointment if something prevents your plan from happening as you envisioned it.
A Disney World trip is a special vacation that can create lifelong memories. Because you have to pay a hefty price tag for that vacation, the last thing you want is for your magical trip to leave a bad taste in your mouth. But this doesn’t have to happen. Following the above 2-step secret will help you make those vacation memories as magical as you imagine. For help planning your trip, see my step-by-step guide, quick tips, and best resources. To book your trip, visit Disney’s website. Have an awesome Disney World trip! Happy travels!
P.S. Don’t forget to get your FREE Disney Trip Planning Worksheet to make your Disney trip even better! You will find it in our Travel Resource Library. See the box below for details on how to get the password.