When you are planning on traveling to Disney, you want to be sure that you have as much fun and enjoyment as possible. You want all aspects of your trip to be enjoyable, memorable, and fun. When it comes to planning a memorable and fun vacation to Disney, you must think about all of the elements that matter and that are important to you and your family. Such as trips to the theme parks or shopping sprees in the resort shops. A memorable trip will be one that creates a lasting impression. So, to get started on your journey to a Disney vacation, what must you consider?
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Who Are You Traveling With
Are you planning a multigenerational trip
You will make valuable memories with the ones that you travel with, so just who are you going to go to Disney with? Do you have children that love Disney, or are you going to travel with extended family? You can sometimes find that there are better deals to be had for larger parties and group bookings. So, think about how many of you are going to be traveling. When you are considering who you will travel with, also consider any special requirements or needs they may have. For example, if you are traveling with an older generation of your family, do you find that they need fantastic access and lower floor rooms to sleep in? If you are hiring a car, will they need a higher or larger car to get into? It is also important to establish who is traveling because this will ultimately affect your budget, your plans, and the duration of your visit. So, how many people are you going to vacation with? Is it just immediate family, or are you casting the net a little wider?
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How Are You Getting to Disney
Knowing how long you will travel is important and essential
Travel plans and how you travel can account for a large proportion of your budget, so carefully think about how you are going to get to Disney. For instance, do you need to travel by airplane? Or, are you perhaps already in the States and able to travel by another mode of transport? How are you going to get to Orlando Disney, and are you flexible with your needs and requirements? For example, if you are looking at flying, then it is worth knowing that deals can still be found. When you purchase your airfare in advance or travel outside your preferred hours, you will see that you can get to Disney for a reasonable price. When you know just how you are going to get to Disney, you will have extra peace of mind. Remember that if you are traveling by airplane, you will need to look at airplane transfers, too, as these can sometimes cost more than your plane ticket does!
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Duration of Visit
How long will your vacation last?
As there is so much to see and do at Disney, you have to decide how long you will visit. Is the duration of your visit going to be short and sweet? For example, will you try and pack lots into a week-long visit? Or are you looking to give yourself more time to explore? Are you looking at giving yourself maybe 2-3 weeks to take in what the resorts and attractions have to offer? When it comes to organizing the duration of our visit, you need to know that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach. You have to do what is right for you and for your family. To help you ascertain the right duration, you need to think about where you want to visit and you need to think about how many people are traveling. For example, if you are traveling within a larger group, you will definitely need more time to explore. Whereas if there is just 3 or 4 of you traveling (and no young or small children) are traveling, then you will be able to move around the sights, attractions, and parks quickly and easily.
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What Do you Want to See?
Do you want to visit the Epcot center
This is a big question, and it is an important question nevertheless – but what do you want to see and do during your visit to Disney. Do you have a mini bucket list of everything you want to see, or are you just going to try and see what you can fit into your timeframe? If you have things that you want to see and do, then they need to go at the top of your priority list. If you do not put them here, then you will end up finishing off your vacation without perhaps even visiting them, and this would be a shame. So, what is it that you want to see? Do you want to see Mickey and Minnie in Disneyworld? Would you like to venture outside of Disney and perhaps head to Universal Studios, Wet ‘n’ wild, or perhaps even Busch garden for some thrill-seeking rollercoasters and rides? When you start prioritizing what you want to do and see, you can then begin to plan an itinerary for your visit. Even if you are only visiting for a short time period, you will find that an itinerary will help you split your time.
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What Accommodation and Lodgings Do You Need
Do you want to stay in the Lakes resort near to Disney
An important consideration in your vacation to Disney is your lodgings and accommodation – so just where are you going to stay? Are you going to stay near Disney, or are you looking at staying in multiple locations to allow you to explore all areas of Disney, Orlando, and Florida? When you are looking at accommodation and lodgings, you need to look at the star rating you are going for. If the star rating is too low, it could impact enjoyment. Getting the right balance is very important. So, are you looking for a full-service resort that has everything conveniently located on-site? Or, are you after accommodation that is basic and low-cost. Establish what you need and want out of your accommodation for the duration of your visit, and then from here, you will be able to select the right accommodation for you and for those you are traveling with.
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How Much Are You Looking to Spend
What do you need to save to bring your vacation dreams to life?
A vacation to Disney can cost a lot of money if you are not careful, and if you are looking for a budget vacation, you have to start preparing in advance. How much you want to spend will depend on how many people are traveling and at what time of year. For example, if you are traveling in the off-season, you will find that your budget will go that little bit further. However, if you are traveling in the middle of summer, you will find that everything will cost slightly more. So, with this in mind – just how much are you looking at spending on the whole vacation, and what are your expectations for this budget? If you are working on a smaller budget, you may find you may have to make compromises along the way. Ideally, including accommodation, you should be looking at spending anywhere in the region of $300 a day.
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Booking Theme Parks in Advance
Book parks before you arrive to save money
No matter what time of the year you visit Disney, you will always find that it is beneficial to book as much as you can in advance. When you book ahead, you save time, and you save money too, and both of these resources are essential to you and to your vacation. When you book theme parks in advance, you not only guarantee you will get to where you want, but you also guarantee that you will get the best prices. Park tickets are not cheap. However, if you book in advance, you can save money on the entrance fee. Saving a few dollars here and there will add up over the course of your vacation, so do not dismiss booking in advance. Instead, focus on making it one of your top priorities.
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What Do You Have Aside for Food and Drink?
Spending on food and drink is essential
A big part of your vacation time is spent eating and drinking. So, just how much have you got aside for this, and how much would you be looking at spending each day. Food and drink in themed locations and on-site in the parks is likely to be rather expensive and should be avoided (except for in emergencies). Outside of the park, you will get better value for your money on food and drink. You will also need to think about what food and drink you want for your budget. Do you want to stick to trusted burgers and chips, or are you looking at exploring new cuisines? Setting aside a portion of your food and drink budget may take the fun out of eating in or dining out, but it is essential, especially if your vacation is going to last two weeks or more. Without a budget, you will be at risk of overindulging and overspending, and this will mean you have less to spend on other areas of your vacation.