We’re counting down to our next Disney World trip in just a matter of days! I’m fairly certain the number of trips under my belt is somewhere in the double digits by this point, but the fun never gets old! We’re staying for the first time in our new Keystone Passport travel trailer at Fort Wilderness. Last Christmas, Noah surprised his cousins with tickets to come with us! It will be their very first time at Disney, so this trip is going to be extra special!
As I’ve been starting to prep for this trip I thought it would be a great idea to share my tips on Disney World travel. I consider myself a seasoned veteran and I know many of my friends and clients have asked for this post for a while. So, here ya go!
Okay, so you may think this post just serves as a plug for my mom, Sheri, who’s a Independent Travel Agent with Destinations in Florida, and you’re right! I couldn’t share this post without telling you how amazing it is to have a seasoned Disney traveller as your agent. Especially if it’s your first trip, you’ll want to be prepared and have lots of insider tips only she can provide! And here’s the most important thing; using an agent doesn’t cost any more if you booked the trip yourself and it will probably SAVE you money!
I’ve vacationed at Disney both ways and hands-down it’s SO much better to stay at a Disney resort. Disney hotels might have a bit of a higher price tag, but they more than pay for themselves in the perks. Here are my main reasons for staying on Disney property:
If you’ve never been to Disney World, you may not know that there are FOUR full-size theme parks and two water parks. (Not just the one with the big castle!) You can purchase multi-day tickets and even add a Park-Hopper option if you want to visit more than one park per day. Keeping this in mind, it’s a good idea to have a rough plan in place. You can view park hours in advance for your stay on the My Disney Experience app or website. I suggest to schedule your days based on the Extra Magic Hours and try to leave a day or two open for resort activities, shopping, or resting. I’ve been telling my sister-in-law, niece, and nephew that a Disney vacation is not a restful vacation!
Your planned itinerary doesn’t have to be set in stone. Ideas may change and you’ll need to leave some wiggle room in case of weather. But, I do suggest you write your plans on a calendar or if you’re an organization freak like me, make a spreadsheet! 🙂
I’m all about capturing the memories and I do take one of my dSLR cameras with me to at least the Magic Kingdom one day. But, I would really like for Noah to remember I went on this trip, too. In comes Memory Maker! Not only does Disney take photos on rides, but there are tons of photographers stationed all around the parks. They will scan your magic band, take your photo, and they will almost instantly appear in your My Disney Experience profile! The photos are even downloadable so you can save them to your phone and/or computer and print as you wish!