Pluto at Magic Kingdom
  • On Jul 3, 2022
    Yolanda from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello where do I start if we would like to plan a trip to Disney in florida

    Hey there, Yolanda. Welcome to planDisney

    Congratulations on beginning the process of planning a Walt Disney World vacation. It is truly the most magical place on earth and I am so excited for you! 

    Yolanda, the very best place to start planning a Walt Disney World vacation is the actual Walt Disney World website. Over there you can view little snippets about each Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, check out what each Walt Disney World Theme Park has to offer and even view menus at Walt Disney World restaurants. Then, when you are ready to book your vacation, you'll visit that same website to start the process. 

    Here are some key points to get you started:

    1. Picking out a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel - The Walt Disney World Resort hotels are in 3 categories - value, moderate and deluxe. Value is going to be your most affordable option and then it goes up from there. Each hotel is uniquely themed and all offer different amenities based of which category you choose. My favorite value is Disney's All-Star Movies Resort. My favorite moderate is Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and my favorite deluxe is Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. 
    2. Selecting theme park tickets - You have two options. You can select standard theme park tickets that include one park per day or you can upgrade to a park hopper ticket. Park hopping is where you can visit multiple Walt Disney World Theme Parks in one day. Both options are great but I prefer to park hop. 
    3. Park pass reservations - After you've purchased your Walt Disney World Theme Park ticket and have linked it to your MyDisneyExperience account, you need to do one more step to be able to visit the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. Right now, because of capacity limitations, you'll need to make a park pass reservation. Park pass reservations are basically like a virtual placeholder in line at the theme park you'd like to visit each day. You can visit the park pass reservation website when you are ready and follow along with the automated process. 
    4. Dining reservations - You can make advanced dining reservations 60 days prior to your check-in day for the length of your stay. Some of the best places do fill up rather quickly so it's best to do it on this day if possible. You can make advanced dining reservations starting at 6:00 a.m. via your MyDisneyExperience account online or over the phone by calling 407-WDW-DINE starting at 7:00 a.m. 
    I know that I've just thrown a lot of information out at you, Yolando. But that's pretty must the basics of planning a Walt Disney World vacation. I hope this helps! If you have more questions along the way, please feel free to stop back by and ask me. I'm here to help. 

    Happy planning!
    Jackie H. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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