Disney World Vacation Planning in 10 Easy Steps


You are going to Disney World! That is so exciting. But now it is time to plan. Some people don’t think that there is a need to plan and they just try to wing it once they get there. Big mistake. There is so much to see and so much to do. Planning is essential. If you don’t plan, you might waste your time on long lines instead of enjoying the parks.

Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” These are wise words. Benjamin Franklin knew the importance of planning ahead of time in order to have success. When going on a Disney vacation, it is essential to plan ahead of time. If you go to Disney without a plan, you might have to wait longer on lines, not get to eat at a restaurant you really want to try and you may miss out on a lot. Start thinking about where to stay, what parks to visit, what to do once you get there and where to eat.  A question that I get asked a lot is: Where should I start? Keep on reading and I will tell you exactly how to start planning for the perfect Disney vacation.


Planning a Disney vacation can be overwhelming. There is just so many options and so many choices. After all, there are 4 parks, 2 water parks, 5 golf courses, 2 mini golf courses, Disney Springs, more than 280 places to eat and over 20 Disney World Resorts. Now that is a lot! When you are at the most magical place in the world, the last thing you want to do is worry about where to go, what to do when you get there, where to eat and most important WHEN to do all of these things!

Have no fear, I’m here to help! Well, not exactly here with you, this is just a blog but if it helps to ease the pain of planning, we can pretend to hold hands through the process.

Where to Start

Planning for a Walt Disney World vacation can be easy. I have created a 10 easy step process to help you plan your magical Disney World vacation. This is the same process I use when planning out my Disney World family vacations.  The 10 easy step process is what I consider to be the fundamentals for planning a magical Walt Disney World vacation. By following these 10 easy steps, when your vacation comes around, it will be stress free, enjoyable and magical. Just follow my easy 10 step planning process.

How to Plan a Disney World Vacation in 10 Easy Steps

1. Select a Date

There is a lot to consider when picking a date: the price, the crowd level and the weather. I have included a crowd calendar and month by month guide to help you select a date.

 2. Select Where to Stay

These are so many choices when selecting where to stay. I have included resort categories, max guests per room and resort overviews.

3. Create or Log into My Disney Experience Account

Use the step by step guide on how to create a My Disney Experience account. If you have an account, log into it to view your reservations, share your planning with members or people in your party and much more.

4. Make a Daily Plan

Make an outline for what you want to do once you get to the park, where to eat and when to take a breaks.

5. Which Tickets to Buy 

Which parks will you visit? What tickets will you buy? I have included a guide on what parks to visit depending on how many days you stay and different ticket options.

6. Where to Eat

 With so many yummy options for eating at Walt Disney World, it can be a daunting task in choosing where to eat. I have included a guide with different dining options.

7. Create a Touring Plan

Plan what you are going to do once you get to the parks, what attractions to do, when to eat and when to use your FastPass+.

8. Plan for a Little Pixie Dust on Your Vacation

 I list ideas on how to add a little pixie dust to your vacation that will create memories of a lifetime.

9. Make Your Packing List

I made an awesome packing list to help you pack what you need for your Walt Disney World vacation.

10. Plan Your Exit

I have a few ideas on how to end your Walt Disney World vacation the right way by maximizing your time at Disney.


Now let’s start planning a Disney vacation! Click on  Step 1 – Select a date.

How to Plan a Disney World Vacation in 10 Easy Steps Infographic

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