Summer is here and vacation plans are in full swing. Many might choose to embark on a vacation that includes a visit to a Disney park. Disney vacations are and have been popular vacations for generations. A Disney vacation can be a fun and unforgettable experience if you plan it well. Here are some things to consider when planning your Disney vacation:
Which Park To Visit
There are six Disney resorts around the world with several theme parks within each resort. Choosing which Disney Park you want to visit will determine your budget and decisions for other aspects of your vacation. An international trip to a Disney park should include further planning and time to collect passports and visas if needed for all family members. While this park is smaller than some of the other Disney resorts, the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California often has the most innovative Disney technology incorporated into its parks. The original resort also has just opened their much anticipated new Star Wars themed-land, Galaxy’s Edge.
When To Go
There are some pros and cons to keep in mind depending on the season you choose to go. Summertime might be one of the most crowded times to go to a Disney resort, but it is also a great time to go for special events and shows. If you are headed to Disneyland in California, this summer is also the opening season for Galaxy’s Edge. This might mean being one of the first to experience the newest addition to the resort, but it also means a crowded park and long wait times. August and September might be better to avoid the crowds but it also means a hotter day at the park. Additionally, as Walt Disney World in Florida plans for their 50th anniversary, there are tons of major construction going on in the resort and parks. The best time of the year to visit any Disney resort seems to be around September or October. These months have fewer crowds as schools come into session and you can experience Disney’s holiday decor early on with Halloween.
How Long To Stay
Smaller resorts such as Disneyland and Disneyland Paris might only need a weekend to cover all the parks and attractions. However, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has four parks within the resort. If you are thinking of visiting this resort, you might want to plan to spend a whole week at the resort. It might be impossible to experience everything in each park, so consider compromising about what you can leave out and have a list of top things you want to see to help you prioritize on your visit.
Where To Stay
Whether you are staying for a weekend or a full week, figuring out where to stay during your vacation is really about convenience and cost. The main pro with staying offsite from the park at a hotel or Airbnb really is price. Staying somewhere outside of the resort will always be much cheaper than staying at the Disney resort itself. However, what you save in price, you sacrifice in convenience. Disney resort hotels often are much more convenient for quick access to the parks and often provide other perks for guests. One big perk that resort guests receive is early access to FastPass+ and Magicbands. Wait times for rides without a FastPass can be over two hours. Having early reservations for FastPass+ can make your experience much easier.
Depending on where you stay, booking a rental car can be a good idea. If you plan on staying longer on your vacation, a rental car might be a good idea to be able to reach food or stores outside of the resort to save money. However, using rideshare services such as Uber or the Minnie Van service (powered by Lyft) might be a better option for shorter vacations.
If you are booking a vacation package, you likely do not have much say about park ticket prices. However, if you purchase separately, you might get a better deal. Essentially the rule to remember with Disney tickets is the more days you go, the more you save. A single park ticket for one day is much more expensive than if you purchase multi-day, multi-park passes. Choosing a multi-day pass is also much more convenient to give yourself more time to experience everything you can in the parks. However, keep in mind these special multi-day passes are usually only around during peak seasons such as summer and winter.
No matter which park you choose to visit around the world, planning carefully is essential to create a stress-free and enjoyable visit. Remember, planning and booking as early as you can will help prevent spending too much and avoiding the crowded parks.