How to plan your trip to Disney World In Florida

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First Step...
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What kind of adventure?

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Family trips, solo adventures, or even your group playtime needs a plan

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Choosing When To Go

There’s no BAD time to go to Disney World.  But it is good to know what you’re getting into for high traffic times vs. “off-season.”  

Christmas through New Year is the busiest. February through March and Mid-October to Thanksgiving have less crowds.  


There are great two ways to decide when to go:

1.  When there’s something specific going on at Disney World you want to be there for, and…

2.  When you can get the time to get away.


Once you decide timing, then plan the experience based on what kind of wishes you want to come true…


Getting There



There are two main ways to travel to Florida – plane and road trip – and the costs for each will vary according to choices within each.


When you fly, you save time depending on where you are flying from. Costs per passenger will range anywhere from $120 with Allegiant (with limited departure options) all the way to over $500.  Flights have a LOT of variations and prices change daily.

Prices can be confirmed once dates and passengers needs are determined.


If you take your own vehicle, make sure to get a solid maintenance check-up:  oil change, tire rotation, fluids topped-off, etc.  You’ll need gas money and money for toll roads in Florida, plus snacks of course.  

If you rent a vehicle, you will still need money for gas, tolls, and snacks.  Costs vary depending on the vehicle and range from a compact car ~$462 to ~$1,150 for full size van. 

Driving takes more time, but may save money depending on the size of the group.


Where To Stay

There are a TON of lodging options in Orlando. Costs range from $75-$500/night off-resort and $180- $1,000+/night on-resort.  


Orlando is a convention hot-spot, which means off-resort options in Orlando are plentiful. Everything from Travelodge & Air BnB to Hiltons and Gaylord resorts.  

If you fly, you are responsible for transportation to and from hotel.

If you drive, there is an additional daily parking fee and prices around $10-$20 depending on hotel.

If you drive to the parks, there is a parking fee ($25/day…free if you have an annual pass)

Good Neighbor Hotels

Since the Walt Disney World Resort is central to all things entertainment in Orlando, there are some hotels that have special relationships with Disney.  These Good Neighbor Hotels offer lower rates with the same free access to Disney Parks transportation.  These hotels are centered around the Disney Springs area and most are in walking distance to that area’s recreation.

If you fly, you are responsible for transportation to and from hotel.

If you drive, there is an additional daily parking fee and prices around $10-$20 depending on hotel.

If you drive to the parks, there is a parking fee ($25/day…free if you have an annual pass)

Disney World Resort on-site

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The ultimate destination option!  On-resort gives you a lot of options to get as all-inclusive as you can and can fit just about any budget.  There are three main hotel level options:

  • Value  (~$170-$220/night)
  • Moderate  (~$220-$350/night)
  • Deluxe  ($450+/night)

Other options include staying at the campgrounds ( ~$150/night ), or the Deluxe Villas ($750+/night).

The perks? 

  • Free transportation to and from airport via Disney’s Magic Express. 
  • Dining plans that are pre-paid. 
  • All the transportation around the resort is free, unless you book your very own Minnie Van ;-). 
  • Magic Bands that makes you feel like you have the keys to the Magic Kingdom.  The magic band is waterproof, durable, and hold all your info for tickets, hotel door entry, and dining package meals.
  • FastPasses can be scheduled 60 days in advance of arrival via My Disney Experience App
  • Extra Magical Hours to enjoy the parks before opening or closing on selected dates.

If you drive, the only difference is you are your own magical express and parking on-site is a daily charge of $10-$20 depening on the hotel choice.

The Food

Take Your Own

There are restrictions, but you can take your own food into the parks. This especially helps families on a budget with their own bags of Goldfishh crackers.

Pay As You Go

You can always pay as you for any restaurant: quick service or dining or even the snack shacks.

Disney Dining Plan

There are different levels with Disney dining that help you take the all-inclusive approach to your already magical experience. Daily plans range $75-$125 per person and cover snacks, quick service, and full-service dining, and yes, some of those plans include alcohol.

How to Play!

Disney World Resort has more to offer than you might think...

The Big 4 Parks

The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, The Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios make up the central entertainment of the Disney World Resort area.  You can get tickets to one park per day, or add a Park Hopper Pass to be able to "hop" between parks on the same day. 


Whether with your favorite characters or on your own, Disney World Parks & Resorts offer some of the best food experiences in the world.

World Renowned Spas

Sometimes you just need a moment. In a spa. Disney doesn't just do entertainment. Their core mission is create happiness and that means in the quiet times, too.


ESPN World of sports is a great place to start if you want to get "sporty" in a day. There are LOTS of options all over the resort: golf, ski jetting, wind surfing, campfire stories, hiking, and more.


Disney World attracts the best talent and showcases various genres every day in multiple ways. In addition to the Broadway style shows in the parks and Disney Springs, you can find bands tucked away in Epcot or marching down the Main Street at Magic Kingdom, or even street performers that amaze you.

Special Events

Throughout the year Disney hosts special events like the Flower & Garden Festival, Festival of the Arts, and the Food & Wine Festival in the early Fall. There's always something new to experience at Disney World.

Water Parks

Disney World offers two water parks and each hotel also has themed pool areas for when you want to splash around and cool off.

Disney Springs

When you want a little shopping, entertainment, amazing food, and fun things to do outside the Big 4 Parks, go to Disney Springs. Everything from movie theaters and bowling to luxury shopping and nightly concerts can be experienced here.

VIP Tours

Yes, you really can get "backstage" at Disney. The VIP Tours offers you an inside scoop on what makes Disney run and there are various ways to experience it from having lunch with an Imagineer to a full day tour.


Ready to start your adventure? Contact me...

To start, let’s have a conversation/meeting so I can take care of all the details to create your own magical adventure you, your family, or your group for both business and pleasure.

Research and booking provided by Christy Smallwood, owner of Adventures, a division of Eagle Eye Strategies.

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