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  • On Nov 27, 2022
    Vanessa from QC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, I would like to plan a trip in 2025 for a group (family). The last time I went in Disney I was 7 years old, so it been a long time but I do remember that I’ve stayed at the All stars movie resort and love it ! Can you help me plan my trip or it too

    Vanessa,

    The crew at planDisney would be glad to help you plan your return to the magic!

    There are some decisions to be made, so let's look at some of those early decisions you want to consider. Once you have those in hand, you can start to move on to the next steps.

    Step 1: When?
    When do you want to go in 2025? Obviously, you have to pick a time when your group is free to visit. But you are not in a big rush, since 2025 package reservations will not be available to reserve for a few months.

    STEP 1 BONUS TIP
    If you can, visit at times when North American schools are in session. If schools are in session, crowds are typically lower. If they are out, crowds are larger.

    Step 2: Where?
    Once you know when you want to visit, you next want to figure out where you want to stay. I prefer staying on property, though there are plenty of non-Disney resort options that can be a good choice too. But when it comes to staying at Disney resort hotels, what I recommend you do is pick a Value, a Moderate, and a Deluxe that match your interests. Later in your planning you can see how each will impact your travel budget.

    STEP 2 BONUS TIP

    You said you liked staying at an All-Star resort when you were younger? Well, there are plenty of Value resort options you are likely to enjoy. My favorites are Disney's Pop Century Resort and Disney's Art of Animation Resort, as I find the Disney Skyliner to be a great perk to my stays.

    Step 3: How?
    How will you book your vacation? I always suggest to friends that they either book directly with Disney, or that they use a Disney-authorized vacation planner that is a no-fee agency. The latter is a good option, as they can give you an easy look at the comparisons between different hotel options, and they often know of discounts that you might not otherwise find on your own. But if you are going to book on your own, pick your resort and room type on the site first, and then pick a package based on park days.

    Step 4: What?
    Next you want to decide the number of park days that your vacation will allow. When you do that, you will start to get to a good cost estimate for your base stay. In the park ticket selection, you have a few options, like park hopping or non-park extras, but we can discuss that as you get closer to booking your trip.

    Step 5: Why?

    "Why? Because we like you!"
    No, seriously, after you know when you are visiting, where you are likely to stay, how you want to book your trip, and how many park days you want to enjoy, you can move on to your next set of decisions. That may sound like a lot, but it really is not, and we can help here at planDisney.

    If you write me back with your initial plans, we can discuss what parks to visit on what days, what dining choices might best match your traveling party's preferences, and how to plan out your trip in slightly greater detail. Just tell me more about your group and their preferences, and we can get this party started!

    Have a Magical Vacation!

    Doug




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Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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