For many families, a trip to Disney World would be the holiday of a lifetime. A chance to give your young children a magical experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. You will bond as a family, share each other’s excitement and joy, and make beautiful memories to take home with you.
But booking a Disney holiday takes a lot of money and planning to pull off. There are so many different elements to think about, that it is very easy to get it all wrong if you’re not careful. The last thing you want is to get your children’s hopes up only to realise you’ve made a crucial mistake that ruins the trip.
To help you get your Florida trip off to a great start, here are five tips for planning a family holiday to Disney World.
Choose your dates
One of the first things you need to consider is what time of year you want to visit Disney World. Chances are you will need to book your trip to coincide with the school holidays, but be warned that travelling to Olando and visiting Disney in peak season will always be more expensive. If you are on a tight budget, you might consider taking them out of school and going in a less popular month. The weather is another important consideration. Summer in Florida can be incredibly hot and sunny, so if you prefer more temperate weather it might be best to go in winter.
Book in advance
There are so many things you need to book, including flights, accommodation, transport, and entry to the parks. And you need to ensure all of these things are available on your chosen dates. To avoid disappointment, you should make reservations as early as possible. Being prepared will not only mean tickets are cheaper, but you will have a wider range of different options to choose from.
Choose your accommodation
Where are you going to stay while you’re in Florida? You have the option of staying inside the park at a Disney hotel, or finding other accommodation and travelling to the sites each day. If you go for the former option, it will probably be more expensive, but it will give your children a more immersive, magical Disney experience. There may also be additional perks included, such as after-hours entertainment and free park transport services.
Staying offsite will mean you have to factor in getting to and from the parks each day, but you will enjoy more freedom to explore the area outside of Disney, enjoying a wider variety of restaurants and shopping.
Create an itinerary
With four different theme parks, two water parks, and loads more attractions, there is a lot to cram into a two-week holiday. You want to make sure that you and family get a chance to see and do as much as possible. But with so many different reservations and locations to visit, it can all get a little confusing. Make sure you create a detailed itinerary for your Disney holiday, detailing the activities for each day with timings and transport information included. This will enable you to stay organised and enjoy your holiday without unnecessary stress.
Plan additional activities
A Disney holiday is really for the kids, and your enjoyment will primarily come from seeing the wonder on their faces as they meet their favourite characters and ride all the attractions. But this is your holiday too, so there is no reason you can’t plan something for the adults too. Florida is a big place, with loads of great sights and activities that aren’t Disney-related. Visit the beautiful coastline, explore the swamps, or learn about the history of space travel at Kennedy Space Centre. To save money and stress, consider booking with a tour operator that runs twin or multi-centre trips for families. Read more here.
A family trip to Disney World is never going to be cheap. You can make a big difference by finding online discounts and staying in less expensive accommodation, but you are still looking at several thousand pounds for a two week holiday. You will need to save up to ensure you’re not counting pennies while you’re enjoying your time in America. You may need to tighten up your budget for at least a year before you fly. Create a holiday pot to hold your savings and put as much disposable income as you can afford into it.
By following these five tips you will be sure to make the most out of your Disney holiday and have an unforgettable time. Enjoy your trip!