Planning for your Orlando family vacation can be overwhelming to say the least. So, I have put together the top 5 Disney vacation planning resources in order to cut down on your planning time and lots of unnecessary frustration. Before I get into elaborating on the top 5 Disney vacation planning resources, it is very important to set realistic expectations during the planning process. For example, you will not be able to do everything there is to do at Walt Disney World on say a 5-day vacation, so don’t plan to do so.
When it comes to vacation planning for Orlando and the Disney theme parks there are a vast amount of resources to choose from. The following are the top 5 Disney vacation planning resources: (Ordered by best resource to start with and end with in the vacation planning processes.)
MouseSavers.com provides many great ideas and resources on how to navigate the Disney experience and helps you stay within your family’s budget. The best part of MouseSavers.com is how a vast amount of information about planning a Disney vacation is organized in a way that is user-friendly to the visitor. There is not a lot of fluff here nor media found at MouseSavers.com, but it offers really rich and helpful content. This is a great Disney vacation planning resource to use to start the planning process. Twitter: @mousesavers.com
# 2 WDW Prep School
A wealth of knowledge and information from an avid Disney fan! Educator, Shannon Albert, is constantly developing and posting new ideas and methods on how to have a better family vacation at the Disney theme parks. She is a leader when it comes to aggregating information and making it user-friendly for families in the process of planning their Disney theme park vacation. WDW Prep School is a highly useful disney vacation planning resource for both the novelist and experienced Disney theme park visitor. Shannon Albert and WDW Prep School definitely belongs in the top 5 resources. Twitter: @wdwprepschool
#3 GreatWDWTips on Pinterest
Tips, tips, and more tips about Walt Disney World. If you are looking for the best ideas and best practices when planning your vacation to Walt Disney World, you definitely want to visit GreatWDWTips on Pinterest. The 67 boards and 12,0000 pins will fill-in any planning gaps you might have. In addition, any topics that you might want to gain greater understanding or details on is all aggregated in one location on Pinterest. The tips are well-organized into different categories so you can go to the boards that are most helpful to you and your family and pin them to your own board(s). GreatWDWTips is well-managed and updated frequently by Linda Stevens Jones, as she provides more than you can imagine when it comes to tips on how to have a great vacation at the Disney theme parks. GreatWDWTips is by far the leading resource on Pinterest when it comes to information about Disney vacation planning. Twitter: @GreatWDWTips
Actually creating a plan of attack and roadmap for your Orlando vacation is best done with Touringplans.com. TouringPlans is especially useful if you are the meticulous planner type – must have each and everyday and hour of your trip planned out. There is no better resource than TouringPlans.com when it comes to maximizing your time, understand park schedules, and creating an itinerary. A subscription based model, starting at $12.95 for 1-year which includes Walt Disney World (Florida). You can add Universal Orlando for $3.95 and Disney Cruise Line for $7.99. The major benefits and features include a crowd calendar, step-by-step guides for what to do and see, and an attraction wait time app for your smartphone. Twitter: @
#5 Disney Parks Blog
To get a pulse on the latest news and insider information about the Disney theme parks, the Disney Parks Blog is my #1 choice and goto resource. This blog is highly informative, well written, and cleanly designed. A handful of consistent Disney contributors such as Erin Glover, Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Steven Miller, and Thomas Smith provide most of the content. In addition to these main contributors, several other guest writers from all different departments within Disney provide insightful information within their area of expertise. Twitter:
These top 5 Disney Vacation Planning Resources should provide you just about everything you need to plan your next family vacation to Walt Disney World. If you are not the planning type or don’t have the time to do your own vacation planning, the following are some recommended Disney vacation planners and travel agencies you should definitely consider using. If you have a resources that should be included, please leave a comment below. We would love to hear about your recommended resources.
Disney Vacation Planners & Travel Agencies
MouseHunters Travel – Michele Freeman
Mickey Guru Travel Company – Caroline Knowles
Pixie Mouse Travel Agency – Marissa Scannapieco