• On Oct 21, 2021
    Courtney from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I need help with with planing a trip. Im not sure which hotels to stay in and how to find packages and all that.

    Hi Courtney,

    Welcome to planDisney!

    This is the happiest news! I am so glad to see you planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! You have come to the right place. First, take a look at the options for accommodations in the Disney Resorts Collection. My family typically prioritizes resort hotels that 1) Fit within our budget and 2) Have multiple transportation and dining options. A few of our favorite resort hotels include Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Contemporary Resort, and Disney's BoardWalk Inn. When the girls and I have taken a quick all girls trip, we stayed at Disney's All-Star Movies Resort. And, on a few other trips, I have enjoyed Disney's Art of Animation and Disney's Pop Century Resorts.

    Once you have reviewed the room types and amenities at each resort hotel, select a few that might work and then do some comparison pricing of vacation packages online. Be sure to also check the Special Offers.  Search by different dates so that you can check the prices for different times of year. One year, we went later in August because prices were cheaper!

    Once you price that vacation package, you will need to decide what type of theme park tickets to purchase. When our girls were younger, we did Standard 1 Park Per Day Tickets. We would head to the park in the morning, return to the resort hotel in the early afternoon to relax, and then returned to the same park at night. Now that our girls are older, we can do theme park tickets with the Park Hopper® Option and visit multiple parks in one day. We actually became Annual Passholders about two years ago and those came with the ability to park hop. 

    Once you book a vacation package, you will need to link that package in a My Disney Experience account. If you do not already have an account created, create one now. To link your vacation package, take the confirmation number, log into My Disney Experience, click on My Plans, then click on Add More Plans. From there, click on Link Reservations and Purchases. After you have your vacation package linked, make Disney Park Pass system reservations for each day that you have valid theme park admission. Check the theme park reservation availability calendar BEFORE you book. I would not want you to book a vacation package and then find out that there is no, or limited park pass availability for the dates of your visit!

    Courtney, I hope this helps you get started! Be sure to also mark the date that your dining reservation window opens and you can make advanced dining reservations. Currently, dining reservations can be made 60-days prior to arrival for the length of stay up to 10 days. Happy Planning!

    Magic and memories,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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