Cinderella Castle 50th Day
  • On Nov 28, 2021
    Bobbie from MO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Where do I start?

    Hello Bobbie,

    It's certainly true that planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation involves making lots of choices along the way, and it's understandable to ask yourself "where do I start?" I think the best place to start planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation is to begin by imagining all the magic that awaits you! 

    I suggest focusing on the big planning pieces first: when to visit, where to stay, and how best to enjoy the theme parks.

    Lets start with the "when to visit" question. Are your vacation travel times already set, or do you have flexibility to visit whenever you want? The Tickets & Visit Guide will give you a great idea of events throughout year that you might want to base your plans on.

    Next is the "where to stay" question. Start by getting familiar with the Disney Resorts Collection. There are so many wonderful options in the Disney Resorts Collection. You might find that one of the Disney Story Rooms or Family Suites is a great fit for you. If you have a larger group, you might want to look into a Disney Deluxe Villa Resort that offers all the at-home conveniences of separate bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a comfy living room, and a washer and dryer.

    The planDisney Pocket Guides to the Disney Resort Collection of hotels give you a quick and easy way to get to know each Resort hotel and its offerings. You can find them when you check out @planDisneyPanel on Instagram.

    When you visit the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, you'll need both theme park admission and theme park reservations. Before you book your vacation package, it's a good idea to take a look at the Theme Park Reservation Availability calendar to check that the theme parks have reservations open for when you'd like to visit.

    Next you can use the vacation package booking tools to enter your travel dates and your vacation party information, and you'll see Resort stay options to match your plans. After you select your Resort stay, you can make your theme park ticket selections.

    Next, you'll want to link your vacation package to your My Disney Experience account, and then you'll want to make your theme park reservations with the Disney Park Pass system

    OK, let's recap. You have your Disney Resort Collection accommodations, your theme park tickets, and your theme park reservations. That's a magical vacation plan so far! There will be more questions you'll have, and you can come back to your planDisney panelists friends to ask more questions as you go along. 

    With each piece of the planning, Bobbie, there's so much excitement. Enjoy every moment. Here's wishing you lots of Disney magic in your day today!


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Meet the Panelist: Jerry, Pennsylvania

The playful and creative optimism of all things Disney has enthralled me since I was a kid. I loved watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on Sunday nights, seeing all the live-action and animated classics in theaters, and — of course — visiting "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for the first time 45 years ago. These days, the big kid in me still loves to play Disney. As a long-time Disney destinations vacationer, I'm looking forward to helping you play Disney starting here at planDisney! Learn More About Jerry

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