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Disney World Planning in 6 Simple Steps

Are you considering a trip to Disney, but are concerned about the  Disney World Planning?  It can be very simple  and EASY to plan for Disney World if you follow these 6 simple steps including a free printable Disney World Planning Sheet.
Disney World Planning in just 6 simple steps including a free printable planning sheet. You NEED to read this before your next family vacation to Disney.

Post Updated February 2019

Are you overwhelmed with the thought of planning a trip to Disney World?  There are a lot of choices and even more information out there telling you what to do and what not to do. It can be overwhelming.

Planning a trip to Disney World can be simple. I promise.

Just use my convenient Disney World Planning Form and follow these 6 straight forward step and you will easily plan a stress free and magical Disney vacation for your family. (And in case you were wondering: How Much Does it Cot to go to Disney World)


Disney World Planning in 6 Simple Steps

1. Pick a Date

If at all possible, you want to start planning your Disney vacation 6-7 months before you’d like to go. This allows you to not only get great pricing and first dibs on restaurant choices, but makes it a stress free process planning and asking for time off of work too.

Not sure when you want to go? Here are the Best Time to Visit Disney World and When to Take Kids to Disney World to help you plan the perfect time for your Disney family vacation.

Other Considerations: What the weather will be and what rides are closed for refurbishment.
Walt Disney World Photo Gallery Disc

2. Reserve Disney Dining 180 days in Advance

I know this seems crazy, but the best Disney World Restaurants will book up far, far in advance; literally 5-6 months in advance. So whether you planning on using the Disney dining plan or just picking a couple special restaurants to visit during your tip, you need to pick them in advance.
Not sure which reservations are “the good” ones; here are some suggestions and review to help you decide:


Memorable Character Interactions like Peter Pan at Disney World


3. Make Reservations

Make Reservations about 4-6 months in advance or you will be disappointed to not get into the “best” most coveted restaurants!

Here are some details you’ll need to consider before booking:

Planning the perfect Disney World trip

4. Make a Plan

You will want to have a plan in hand before you go to Disney World or you won’t know what park to visit which day, what rides to start with, or even the hours the park is open.  Use my free printable Disney Planning Form at the bottom of this page and make your plan. (Make plans 2-5 months in advance)

Toy Story Mania ride at Disney World

5. Make Fastpass+ Reservations

Disney World has moved over to Fastpass+ system. This very sophisticated system allows families to plan in advance and spend less time running around while in the parks. But if you want a coveted Fastpass for Peter Pan, Seven Dwarf Mine, or Meeting Anna and Elsa you will need to make your reservations promptly. Guests staying on Disney World property will get to make selections 60 days in advance; everyone else may make selections 30 days early.

packing for Disney World vacation

6. Pack for Disney World

Packing for Disney is fun because it means it’s almost time to go on vacation! I suggest  taking a peak at this Printable Disney Packing List 2-3 weeks before you are going to make sure you have everything. It seems like someone is always running low on socks, has holes in all their shorts, or something.

Once you know you have everything you can pack 3-7 days early to make sure everything fits in the suitcase, is within your airline weight limits, and is accounted for.


Have a GREAT Disney World Vacation!


Download Disney World Planning Guide

Get organized and don’t miss a step as you plan for your next family vacation in Disney world with this convenient free printable Disney World planning sheet.

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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