Has your life felt decidedly unmagical lately? Are you tired of spending your summer locked up inside? Done with socially and physically distancing yourself from everyone to stay safe?
With the myriad coronavirus restrictions relaxing at long last, there’s never been a better opportunity to inject some good, old-fashioned Disney Magic into your upcoming vacation.
Looking for tips to help you plan the ultimate trip to the Most Magical Place On Earth? Here’s what you’ll need to consider when planning your next Disneyworld getaway.
Consider When to Take Your Disney Vacation
Your first consideration when planning your Disneyworld getaway should be the timing of your trip. Most people think of a trip to Disneyworld as a summer-exclusive thing. However, if you’re not a big fan of crowds and surge pricing, consider visiting during the off-season.
If you go at any point during the summer, you’ll encounter the crowds and the heat at their worst. The same can also hold true during the winter, especially around major holidays like Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Thanksgiving.
Our best advice is to plan your trip to avoid major holidays and the peak seasons. This will let you experience the magic without as many of the drawbacks of a Disneyworld vacation.
How You’re Getting There
Another major consideration during your planning process is how you get to Disneyworld. If you live far enough away that flying proves necessary, make sure you search for any ongoing airfare deals and packages.
If you live close enough to drive down to Orlando, then check what discounts you have access to. Many companies like AAA, AARP, and credit card providers offer discounts on rental vehicles.
What Parks and Attractions You Want to Visit
Of course, you can’t take your dream vacation without having a plan for when you get there. We’re not saying that you can’t be spontaneous. However, when Disneyworld has so much to offer its guests, it can be overwhelming to decide what you want on the spot.
So, to help you make your decision, we’ll list the main parks and attractions most guests wish to visit and what they have to offer.
The Big Four: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney Hollywood Studios, and Epcot
First, let’s talk about The Big Four. The largest theme parks that Disney offers. If you want to experience each to the fullest, we highly recommend setting aside a day per theme park, as you’ll miss out on critical moments otherwise.
The Magic Kingdom is the most popular and most famous of the four. It’s home to the Cinderella castle, Main Street USA, and the three Mountain rides. It’s also home to the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and a host of other classic Disneyworld attractions. Unless you invest in on-site accommodations, pack your patience, as the lines can be rather long.
If you’re more into the safari or exploration experience, then Animal Kingdom is the place for you. Between the fast-paced roller coaster of Expedition Everest, the gorgeous Kali River Rapids, and the time-warping Dinosaur ride, you’ll be able to enjoy the more traditional thrills alongside a host of animal-centric shows and attractions.
Epcot is something of a red-headed stepchild among the Disneyworld parks. It doesn’t have as many thrills or movie rides and seems focused more on shows and experiences. However, if you’re a Frozen fan, its dedicated ride lives there now. Those with a more scientific bent might enjoy fast-paced, science-forward attractions like Test Track or Mission: Space.
Disney Hollywood Studios is a must-see destination for diehard Star Wars fans, as all the major Star Wars attractions exist there. This park also has more “thrill rides” on hand, as the home of the Aerosmith Rock n Roller Coaster and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. It’s also a great park for those who want a more laid-back or film-focused experience. Stunt shows and live stage performances cycle almost by the hour.
The Water Parks: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach
No summertime Disneyworld getaway would be complete without a trip to one of the water parks. Blizzard Beach ascribes to the “think cool to stay cool” school of thought, as it’s filled with artificial ice floes and a rustic ski resort theme. It’s the larger of the two water parks, and plays host to the vast majority of the “thrill slides”. So, if you’re looking for the thrill of a ski trip without the chill, Blizzard Beach is a good compromise.
Typhoon Lagoon may not have as many thrillers and chillers as Blizzard Beach, but it’s by far the most beautiful of the two water parks. Between the massive surf pool, the many exotic florae, and the “volcanic lagoon” aesthetic that suffuses the entire park, even concealing the obvious slides, it’s easy to dive in and get lost in this massive park.
Staying On-Site or Off-Site
When planning your Disney vacation, you should also consider whether you want to stay on-site or off-site. Staying on-site gives you easier access to the parks and transportation, but can be more expensive. Another alternative would be to look for timeshare foreclosure sales.
If you stay off-site, you can save money but may struggle to gain access to certain attractions or parks during peak hours. It’s up to you what you wish to prioritize.
Don’t Forget to Budget for Meals and Souvenirs
While you’re planning your dream vacation, don’t forget to budget for your meals and souvenirs. You’ll need to eat while on your vacation, and souvenirs can give you something to physicalize your fond memories of the trip. Make sure to budget for both of these things to get the most out of your trip.
Planning the Ultimate Disneyworld Getaway: Let’s Recap
So, if you want to plan the ultimate Disneyworld getaway, you need to plan for transportation, accommodation, and actions taken once on-site. If you need more help figuring out how to make your next Disney excursion your best, check out our blog each day for more helpful travel articles like this!