How to Plan A Disney World Vacation

Want that perfect Disney vacation — without losing your mind? It requires advance planning. To keep things simple, we’ve organized all our planning tips and tricks in this Guide by 3 Planning Stages:

  1. Dream it!
  2. Plan it!
  3. Get Ready to Go!

In this Guide, you’ll find topics ranging from parks, resorts, tickets, dining, attractions, and more — everything you need to plan your dream Disney vacation! Also don’t forget to sign up for our easy, peasy planning tool to help you build your park plan!

This is a illustration of a mom ready to plan a Disney vacation.

Because of increasingly high demand, Disney World guests should expect to make dining reservations six months in advance and Fast Pass+ reservations two months in advance. That means knowing which of the 4 parks you’ll visit each day of your vacation – 180 days before you check in!

And park hours, special events, Extra Magic Hours and attraction schedules can change every day. Estimating crowd levels is essential to avoid crowded parks and long lines.

Vacationers often spend days, hours and even months juggling these variables to plan the perfect vacation. Or even worse, they don’t plan at all. When you hear that someone had a bad experience at Disney World, often it’s because of a lack of advance planning.

Chapter 1: Dream it!