You might dream of a Disney World vacation, but have no idea where to start. If that’s the case, follow these Disney World vacation planning tips. They cover four basic steps to creating your ideal Disney vacation.

Nothing makes a kid smile more than Disney World

Nothing makes a kid smile more than Disney World

Choose Your Ticket Type
First, you’ll need to research Disney ticket types and decide which is the right fit for your family. From base tickets to park hopper passes and waterpark add-ons to multi-day combinations, there are a lot of options to consider. A few questions to help you decide:

Do I want to see every Disney World Theme Park: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios?
How much time to I want to spend inside each park?

Next, look at the free days offered for certain tickets. That’s right, free! For example, Reserve Orlando offers a four-day park hopper pass with the 5th and 6th day free. That’s a total of six days to play for the price of four. Deals like these let you better plan your time at the park.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Decide Where to Stay
To stay at a Disney resort or not? That’s the ultimate question. To truly immerse yourself in the magic of Disney, plus get access to extra magic perks, exceptional Disney service and convenient transportation, a Disney Resort is a must. If you want to have an all-encompassing Disney vacation, stay on-property. If you think its out or your budget, think again. Disney World value resorts like Art of Animation and Pop Century are affordable, larger-than-life accommodations. If you’re looking to splurge, the Grand Floridian, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Polynesian Village Resort are outstanding options. In addition, there are top-notch places to stay near Disney World that’ll make it easy to transport between your days at the park. A few to consider are WorldQuest Orlando and Blue Heron Beach Resort.

All Aboard BIg Thunder Mountain Railroad

All Aboard Thunder Mountain Railroad

Choose Your Dates and Length of Stay
When you travel has a lot to do with the final price of your vacation. Summertime is generally the most expensive, while dates in September and October are more budget-friendly. Also keep in mind how rushed vs. relaxed you want to be when choosing your length of stay. You might think four full days at Disney World will be enough. But, if it’ your first time visiting it won’t be. If you want to truly experience all the parks have to offer, including attractions, parades, shows and fireworks, at least five full days are recommended. Luckily, this ticket type offers the best money-saving deals.

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Memory making at the Magic Kingdom

Figure out a Budget
You might think this question should come first. However, you really need to look at what you want first, and then decide what you need. Putting numbers to paper will give you a better understanding of the hard dollars a Disney World vacation will cost. This might also factor into staying an extra day (or leaving a day early), or whether to stay on property or not. After familiarizing yourself with ticket types, discount Disney World tickets available and deals on Disney resorts, you can figure out exactly how far your budget will go and put the finishing touches on your Disney World dream.

Keep in mind, when it comes to Disney, it’s best to book at least 180 days in advance. This will ensure the best availability, prices and will let you have further control of your vacation plans.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.