What Most People FORGET When Planning Their Disney World Vacation

Planning a trip to Disney World is almost as fun as the trip itself! At the same time, however, planning a Disney World vacation can feel overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time or your first trip in a long time!

Magic Kingdom

There are a few common areas folks may skip over or completely forget about while planning their trip — don’t let that be you!

Don’t forget to plan around Disney transportation.

Disney World offers several complimentary transportation options, including the Monorail, the Skyliner, buses, boats, and even walking paths. It’s important to review what your options are and where each option takes you (for example, you can’t take the Skyliner to Magic Kingdom!).

Even the monorail is celebrating the 50th Anniversary!

It’s also important to understand just how big Disney World is and how long it can take to travel from point A to point B. If you’re staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, you can get to Magic Kingdom relatively fast — but it’ll take you much, much longer to take a bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

A not-so-mini Minnie bus!

Be sure to take a look at where you’re staying and where your hotel is located in relation to the parks. From there, be sure to buffer plenty of time in the morning and evening so you aren’t rushing to dinner reservations, park opening times, etc.

Don’t forget to set a clear spending budget.

Nothing can vanish faster in Disney World than a spending budget. It can (and will) be so tempting to buy that extra pair of Minnie Ears or that tasty looking snack from the snack cart. If you’re staying on Disney World property, you can charge purchases to your hotel room, but you better be prepared for the bill at the end of your trip!

It can be hard to pick just one pair of Minnie Ears!

Be sure to budget for souvenirs and for food, especially if you’re visiting EPCOT during one of its festivals. Those small purchases add up quickly, and if you aren’t careful in tracking how much you spend, you may wind up with a larger bill than you anticipated.

Don’t forget to plan a resort day or a day “off” from the parks.

Depending on how much time you’re able to spend in Disney World, consider taking some time off to recharge! A day off from the theme parks can allow you to explore other areas in Disney World, like Disney Springs.

Stormalong Bay

If you’re staying at a Deluxe or even a Moderate resort hotel, there may be many hotel amenities you’re missing out on if you’re only going to the theme parks. You’re spending a lot of money to stay on Disney World property — take the time to enjoy those amenities! Spend an afternoon by the pool, or book a dining reservation at one of the hotel’s restaurants.

Don’t forget about your Advance Dining Reservation window.

Speaking of dining reservations, it’s imperative that you remember your Advance Dining Reservation window. Guests are able to book dining reservations 60 days out ahead of your arrival.

Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom

If you want to have your pick of reservation times, you will want to be ready to book those reservations when your booking window opens. Many of Disney World’s restaurants will fill up prior to your arrival! Don’t find yourself looking for dinner and there aren’t any tables available!

Don’t forget to book your Park Pass Reservations.

Finally, don’t forget to book your Park Pass Reservations. As of this writing, Park Pass Reservations are still required in order to enter a theme park (valid park admission alone isn’t enough!). Our suggestion would be to book your Park Pass reservations right after you purchase your theme park tickets.

Magic Kingdom

You’ll also want to make sure your park reservations line up with your dining reservations. Depending on what you book first (it’ll likely be your park reservations unless you’re planning a last-minute trip), you’ll need to make sure all of your reservations are for the same park on the same day!

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2 Replies to “What Most People FORGET When Planning Their Disney World Vacation”

  1. You nailed it on the head. “Don’t forget to do this.” Planning a vacation is suppose to be fun. Planning a trip to Disney World is no longer the vacation it use to be.

  2. we are bring our 8 children and spouses and 20 grandchildren to Disney World 5he first week of March 2022. Our 50thwedding Anniversary is now almosoo years over do and we changed all of our plans to Disney World. We are all very excited!! Our dreams are coming True. Can’t wait to see you.