Are you planning a Disney trip someday soon? Are you overwhelmed? The task of Disney planning can be daunting, but with a few tips under your belt, you will forget the stress and be goofing off with Goofy in no time!
Confession time: My first time to Disney (as a mom) I had no clue what I was doing. As a result, we missed a lot on that first magical trip.
So over the next few weeks, as my family is gearing up for our next Disney trip, I thought we would share some of what we know and love with all of you.
Now some of our tips might fit you like a great pair of mouse ears, while others may not be your cup of the Mad Hatter’s tea.
Feel free to take note of what you find useful, leave the rest and share with us if you have additional tips that you find useful.
Note: Due to my family’s experiences, many of these tips will most likely be helpful for those with kiddos that are 6 and under, although some topics (and Disney in general) transcends age. 😉
Disney Planning Series Itinerary
Here is what our Disney Planning Series will include:
- Part 1: Lodging (Onsite or Off and Choosing a Disney Resort)
- Part 2: The Parks (When to Visit and Which Park Which Day)
- Part 3: Top 5 Parks Tips
- Part 4: The Parks ~ Fireworks & Parades
- Part 5: Food Options
- Part 6: Characters
- Part 7: Our Favorite Places
- Part 8: Transportation Options
- Part 9: The “Extras”
- Part 10: Apps We Love
I cannot WAIT to get started. We may even have to get Miss Add involved and have her give us a few pointers from a kid’s perspective!
Free Professional Disney Planners I Recommend
Now as you are waiting on this series to unfold, did you know that you can have a Disney Travel Agent help you plan your trip completely free of charge? I didn’t know that on my first couple trips and tried to plan everything on my own. However, Disney planning can be made a lot easier with the right person by your side.
Why? Disney Travel Agents work with Disney day in and day out and know about specials and announcements that I can’t possibly keep up with on my own. There are tons of agencies out there, but it is important to work with someone who can help you meet your specific needs. Below are two planners I highly recommend that have helped me plan some of our Disney Vacations, totally free of charge.
Pixie Sonya at Pixie and Pirate Destinations
Pixie Sonya with Pixie and Pirate Destinations has helped us plan two different trips.
The first of which Miss Add broke her leg right before we left for our trip. Pixie Sonya was a godsend in helping us figure out how to navigate this “bump” in our magical road to Disney. She was amazing and truly helped us figure things out with little time to spare.
Pixie Sonya also has a fantastic knack for knowing lesser known activities and details to help everyone from a first timer to an old timer create a truly unique and magical vacation.
During our last trip She even sent me a text while we were on our last trip alerting me about the special secret opening of the New Fantasyland months before it was scheduled to be open. Imagine our surprise (and delight!) when we were able to stroll into Belle’s Cottage and over to meet Ariel and the gang Under the Sea totally unexpectedly! You can contact Pixie Sonya here to begin planning your own memories.
Erin at Second Star Travel
Erin over at Second Star Travel is a childhood friend of mine, fellow Hoosier and also a huge Disney enthusiast! She is helping me plan my current trip on a smaller budget.
As a single mom, Erin knows the ends and outs of Disney on a budget and is a great resource on stretching those Disney dollars to give you the most bang for your buck. Disney planning comes natural to Erin, she is currently scheduled to take her daughter Eden on their 6th trip to Disney this fall and she has done it all on a single income.
Note: Neither Sonya nor Erin paid me to say these things. They are just my personal opinion. Free services are available for all Disney goers, not just Disney addicted bloggers. 😉
This concludes the really long introduction post to our Disney Planning Series. Next up is Part 1: Lodging to hear my pros and cons of staying on and off property.
We have done both. Any guesses as to where we prefer? Or better yet, what is your favorite place to stay?
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