How many of you love planning your ideal vacation way in advance?

It’s great fun envisioning all of the fun you’ll get to have, all the amazing food you’ll get to eat, and all of the amazing memories you’ll get to make along the way.

The kind of magic that comes with a well-planned vacation is one-of-a-kind, and that magic doubles when you’re dreaming about Disney!

But the thought of planning your ideal Disney vacation can get a bit overwhelming, especially when there are so many different things to do and consider before you even arrive.

Let’s break down some of the most important things to consider now prior to your arrival at the most magical place on earth. This way, you can have your perfect Disney vacation planned and your dreams will all come true before, during, and after your trip!

Choose Your Dates 6 Months in Advance

In order to make the most of your vacation to Disney, you’ll want to start your plans at least 6 months in advance. This allows you to consider the special events that Disney offers year-round, when peak times are at the parks, and what sorts of activities you want to prioritize. 

Keep in mind, the special events that Disney offers, including Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas or Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, will cause the parks to be twice as crowded, but the events themselves can be so worth the crowds. 

Many rides and restaurants also get quickly booked out, so the earlier you start planning, the more likely you’ll get to do everything you’ve dreamed about at Disney!

Contact a Travel Agent

Disney travel agents are free resources for you that will help you save time, money, and headache! When you book through a travel agent, they can find you deals you wouldn’t have known otherwise, they can let you in on insider tips for your trip prior to and during your vacation, and they can keep all of your concerns and desires in mind while preventing you from getting stressed.

And that’s exactly what I love to do! I have helped dozens of families plan their ideal Disney vacation, keeping allergies, desires, and budgets in mind, and I’d love to do the same for you. Request a free quote here!

Know your Travel Party

If you’re traveling with a bunch of people, whether with friends or family, you’ll want to keep everyone’s desires and physical capabilities in mind. Younger members of your party may be able to walk across the parks for hours, while older or much younger members may need naptime halfway through the day. 

Be realistic about how many days you can have intense activities, remember to insert some rest time in between big events, and keep in mind that you can always come back another time to experience the magic again.

The priority for this dream vacation is to have fun and experience the magic that Disney has to offer, so try not to exhaust your party out.

Choose your Resort

I, and many others, believe that in order to truly experience all of the magic that Disney has to offer, you must stay at one of the Disney resorts. You get granted tons of special privileges, including:

  • Free transportation to and from both the airport and the parks
  • Extra magic hours at all the parks
  • Special access to free resort events, pools, amenities, and more
  • Early access to Fastpass planning
  • And more!

There are three types of resorts: value, moderate, and deluxe, and each resort is in a different area closer to different parks, so take some time considering which one would best suit your needs.

Evaluate the parks and their daily events

Each park has a ton to offer and will suit the various desires of your travel party, so take some time to review what each park has to offer and create your battle plan as needed.

Here are the parks:

  • Magic Kingdom – best for younger kids, features smaller roller coasters and amazing yearly events
  • Animal Kingdom – zoo-themed amusement park, great for older kids 
  • Epcot – best for walking around and enjoying amazing food and international feels
  • Hollywood Studios – great for older kids with larger roller coasters
  • Typhoon Lagoon – water park for younger kids
  • Blizzard Beach – water park for older kids
  • Disney Springs – fun area for shopping, fine dining, and enjoyable shows

Look through each park, choose your priorities of attractions, and plan your time accordingly.

Keep fun and magic at the forefront of your mind!

Remember, the whole point of this vacation is to experience the magic and fun of Disney. Sure, taking all this time to plan your vacation may seem a bit stressful, but have fun even while you’re planning, and you’ll be experiencing the magic even before you arrive in Orlando, FL!

These are just the basics of things to keep in mind while planning your ideal magical Disney vacation, but if you keep in mind everything you’d like to do and experience, you’ll have an amazing time!

But if even after all this, if you are still stressed about trying to manage all of these parts, or if you’d like more amazing tips about how to save money, time, and stress during your Disney vacation planning, then feel free to reach out.

I have been planning Disney vacations for family and friends for years, and I want to extend my extensive knowledge of Disney to help others plan their dream vacation. And I do it at no additional cost to you!

Send me an email at or go to my website to learn more information. Have a magical day!