Personally, I can’t think of a better place to go with my family than Disney World. It’s a magical place where you can leave all your cares at home and just have fun. Here are some tips from someone who has been there a few times.
1. Do some homework. The library is an excellent place to check out travel books on Disney World. My favorite is the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. It’s a very comprehensive book with lots of common-sense ideas. Disney World is a massive place, and you will have to make a lot of decisions, such as whether to fly there or drive, to stay on site or off site, to buy basic theme park tickets or add on extras, and much more. There are a lot of excellent web sites out there too. My favorite is allears.net. Make sure you read in advance about what attractions may be closed for maintenance.
2. Save up for this vacation. Vacations are wonderful but can be very expensive, and Disney World is not known for being affordable. There are ways to save, but there is no getting around it… it’s going to cost you. Don’t put your vacation on a credit card. Take your time and save for this one. You’ll be glad you did when you get sticker shock from most of the prices there. It’s a lot less stressful when you’ve got cash in hand.
3. Everybody has a different opinion about this, but I really recommend staying on site. I have stayed at the moderate resorts and the value resorts. Both were absolutely wonderful. I could have just stayed at the resorts and been happy. The last time I went, my daughter and I went together, and we stayed at the All-Star Sports resort. The pool was the biggest I have ever seen. The room was very nice. I read a lot of warnings that the rooms would be very small, but I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it was. We were able to find a discount code from an e-mail from Disney (get yourself on their e-mail list), and we paid only $85 per night. By staying on site, we did not have to rent a car. The bus service is very good, and they also picked us up from the airport and dropped us off as well.
4. Pack food from home. The food at Disney, in my opinion, is not very good and is very expensive. McDonald’s food is better than the fast food Disney serves. Pack a suitcase full of items that don’t need refrigeration, such as breakfast foods like Pop-Tarts or bagels, bread, crackers, fruit cups, peanut butter, etc. We even brought canned tuna and mixed it with the mayonnaise from the condiment bar at the hotel cafeteria and had tuna on a bagel. We saved a lot of money, and it tasted better than the food Disney was serving.
5. Wear good walking shoes. You will not believe how much walking you will do in the Disney theme parks, and a good pair of shoes will make a huge difference. If blisters start to develop, put some moleskin (sold at the hotel gift shop) on right away. Make sure those shoes are good and broken in before you leave home. It wouldn’t hurt to start a walking routine before you go so you’ll be in better shape for the trip.
A vacation at Disney is bound to be great no matter what, but follow these tips, and you can save some money and frustration. Bon voyage!