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So, you’re thinking about a Disney vacation…Florida, California, Hawaii, a Disney Cruise, Adventures by Disney…the possibilities are endless! Disney can take you to almost any corner of the globe (how cool is that?)!
Once you get your destination narrowed down, the planning can begin!
Ummmm, RIGHT NOW!!!! Who cares if it is a year away or 2 months away…there are things that need to be done. Although I do tend to plan for really big trips (large groups or special occasions) about a year out, six months is a good rule of thumb for most vacations. To me, planning is almost as much fun as the trip itself!
I start getting input from my family, checking resorts, comparing prices, and compiling “color coded spread sheets”. Yes, I am THAT person…but nobody complains about it when they can’t remember what time our ADR (Advance Dining Reservation) is for the day.
What can I do to start the planning magic?
There are quite a few things that you can do to start the Disney Magic flowing even if your tips seems like a long way off.
2) Read Tips from the Disney Diva! There is SO much great information here. It is going to take you a little while to get through it all, but give it a go starting here. You’re going to want to come back often because we always have something new to tell you about. There are some really great articles dedicated solely to planning your trip, what to pack for your trip, what to do with little ones on your trip, and reviews on where to go and what to do while on your trip! Try keeping a list of things that you and your family would like to see and do (there are some various lists you can print out here too).
3) No matter when you start planning, set a budget. Disney can get crazy expensive, so set a reasonable budget for your family and stick to it. Again, we here at Tips from the Disney Diva are here to help…we all like to save money too and there are articles that can show you how to do that!
Are there any benefits of planning early?
What if I am more of the spontaneous type…can’t I just wing it?
You’re not a bird, so don’t wing it! I wouldn’t suggest going into any sort of Disney vacation without some sort of plan. Even if you feel that you are short on planning time, there is still some planning (and deals) that can be had. If you are flexible with your travel dates and have always wondered about Disney’s Vacation Cub, you can book a DVC rental without being a member! There is an awesome site called David’s Disney Vacation Club Rentals that lets non DVC members book rooms and villas at DVC properties! If you sign up for their newsletter, they will notify you when they have any last minute deals! You can end up booking a larger villa for close to the same price that you would a regular resort room.