Our Walt Disney World Planning Guide is here to help you plan your entire Walt Disney World vacation from start to finish- all while saving you as much money as possible at Disney.
In this planning guide you'll find links to our most helpful Walt Disney World planning articles including tips, money saving hacks, packing lists, and more!
Each of our Walt Disney World planning guides are updated regularly. We recently went through a large overhaul of our content to discuss the COVID-19 impact on Walt Disney World and how to stay safe during your visit.
- Where to find best discount Walt Disney World tickets?
- Where to find cheap Walt Disney World tickets?
- Which Walt Disney World hotel should I stay at?
- Which Walt Disney Word hotel is the cheapest?
- What should I do for transportation to Disney World?
- When should I visit Walt Disney World?
- How should I plan for food?
- What is FastPass+ and how do I use it?
- Can I plan a last-minute Disney World trip?
- New! How has COVID-19 impacted Walt Disney World?
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When to Visit Walt Disney World
The time of year you decide to visit Walt Disney World is one of the first decisions you make for your vacation! Do you want to visit during the summer? The holidays? During the off season to try and avoid crowds? This first section of our guide is here to help you decide when is the best time for you to visit Walt Disney World. This section includes crowd predictions of each time of the year and guides to the different holidays- along with our tips and tricks! Take me to “When to Visit” >
What Walt Disney World Hotel To Stay In
One thing that tends to overwhelm people traveling to Walt Disney World for the first time is the amount of hotels that are offered. We wrote a comprehensive guide and review of every Walt Disney World resort hotel along with a guide of all the price options available. Take me to “What Hotel to Stay In”>
The Full Transportation and Airport Guide to Walt Disney World
Our transportation guide explains every possible transportation option to the Walt Disney World resort. This guide aims to answer questions of how to get from the airport to your hotel, how to get around the resort itself, and more. Take me to “Airports”>
How to Find Discounted or “Cheap” Walt Disney World Tickets
One of the best ways to try to save money for your Walt Disney World vacation is to try and save money on your tickets. In this section of the guide, I have put together a comprehensive page with all of the known discounts on Walt Disney World tickets. Be sure to read the section even if you aren't searching for Walt Disney World ticket discounts because it also includes words of advice for anyone purchasing tickets. Take me to “Tickets” >
How to Plan for Food at Disney World
The Walt Disney World Resort provides a wide variety of different types of food. You will find classic amusement park food mixed in with upscale restaurants. The food quality is outstanding and whether you are eating a corn dog or pork shank, it will be the best you have ever had.
Our extensive guide on dining at Walt Disney World covers:
- Reviews on ALL the character dining offered
- Extensive list of food options for EVERY park at Disney World
- Comprehensive guide to ALL the dining plans offered for hotel guests to purchase
- Reserved dining for entertainment and how to book
- Information on healthy and allergy/gluten free options
- Tips and tricks on SAVING MONEY on Walt Disney World dining
Every Theme Park at Walt Disney World
Our attraction guides to the Walt Disney World theme parks will help you decide which park has what and what to prioritize.
- Magic Kingdom
- The traditional park where you can find Cinderella's Castle and classic rides like Peter Pan, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, it's a small world, and more.
- Disney's Hollywood Studios
- This is where you can find Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
- Animal Kingdom
- This park is known for its safari with wild animals and Pandora.
- You'll recognize this park right away from its iconic ‘golfball' entrance but also is known for its international experiences.
Walt Disney World also offers two water parks to choose from:
- Blizzard Beach
- This waterpark offers a ski resort themed vibe that many guests enjoy for its uniqueness.
- Typhoon Lagoon
- This waterpark offers a traditional vibe with palm trees, beach themed water slides, and a pirate ship.
Walt Disney World also has a downtown district known for shopping, restaurants, and other experiences:
Each of our guides lists all the experiences and attractions you can find! For dining, be sure to go to our massive Walt Disney World dining page for a breakdown of all the restaurants offered at each park.
What to Wear to Walt Disney World
Deciding what to bring on your Walt Disney World vacation can be a big decision! From what to wear, what to pack in your bag, and what food to bring are all things to plan for. Our packing list guide has you covered with everything you need to bring based on our years of experience of visiting the Disney Parks. Take me to “Packing List” >
Walt Disney World Souvenirs
There are so many souvenirs to chose from at Walt Disney World, it can be overwhelming to decide what to purchase. We have put together a list of souvenirs we recommend that we believe stand the test of time and that you will enjoy for years to come. You can also find information here on the Walt Disney World PhotoPass option! Take me to “Souvenirs” >
Important Information on Holidays, FastPass+ and more!
- Lost Children in Walt Disney World– Full information on Walt Disney World's lost child protocol and tips to keep everyone together.
- Disney World Height Requirements- Full information on all the height requirements for each park, rider switch, and single rider.
- Disney World FastPass+ Tips and Tricks Guide- This Disney World FastPass+ guide will help you to maximize this free and powerful time saving system.
- Walt Disney World Magic Band Guide- This guide shows you everything you need to know for wearing a Magic Band!
- Mickey's Halloween Party Disney World Guide– Full guide to the private Halloween party happening select nights throughout September and October.
- Holidays at Walt Disney World– Full guide to Christmas time at Walt Disney World.
- Celebrating a Birthday– Information on what Disney will do on your special day.
- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge– Everything you need to know including strategies, tips, and reviews.
- Value vs. Moderate Hotels at Walt Disney World– Which Should You Pick?- Help decide which hotel pick is best for you.
- Disney After Hours at Walt Disney World– This guide tells you everything about the popular After Hours events at Disney World.
- Camping at Walt Disney World– Did you know you can camp at Disney World? This guide tells you everything you should know.
- Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in One Day– Only have one day? Our guide has you covered.
- Walt Disney World Military Discounts– All the information on military discounts.
- Guide for Guests With Disabilities– Everything you should know on accommodations for guests with disabilities.
Plan Your Walt Disney World Vacation!
That should be everything that you need to plan your Walt Disney World vacation. If you still have questions about planning, see our Ask Us page.
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