The classic family vacation is one of the most coveted- the Disney Vacation. I remember very few details going as a child so I have not even considered taking my children until the youngest is at least potty trained! With that being said I know many friends who have been to Disney and today have a guest post from a soon to be Disney Travel Agent (I believe).
I will be sharing more tips for a Budget Disney as well as a few other posts for a variety of experiences maybe including a Make-a-Wish trip.
- Plan ahead. Do some research online. Decide what you want to do. All four parks? Stay on site or off? How many days? You can go to disneyworld.com to check out your options. Once you get your trip on the books you can start making reservations to restaurants and rides.
- Plan a budget. Then add 15-20% for souvenirs. There are lots of things you can do for free at Disney as well. At Epcot, you can go to Club Cool and try a different soda pop from countries all around the world. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios you can take a free 20 minute drawing class at Animation Academy. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom there’s the Wilderness Explorers program, where you visit different stations and earn badges. (but will take up a large chunk of your day) And at the Magic Kingdom you can get free samples of sweets from the Main Street Confectionary. And never pass up a photo op with the trained professionals all around the parks! (they will even take a photo with your own camera). So as you can see there are lots of ways to have a fun filled trip and keep it in budget.
- Download Disney apps. They will help you see what rides have long lines and keep track of your reservation/show times. That way you get the most out of your trip. A few apps to check out: My Disney Experience, the official Disney app. It tells you what hours the parks are open, when parades and shows start and ride wait times. Another great app is Where in Disney. It helps you find souvenirs, gluten free snacks, restaurants menus and more.
- Eating can be expensive. Consider getting a dining plan or for a less expensive option, pack a picnic lunch.
- Enjoy! Remember to take time to enjoy your trip. It is the most magical place on earth!
Written by Jessica Bornhorst, Disney Enthusiast
Photo credit: Jennifer Lange